Meet the team hard at work planning the 23rd Annual Tulane Environmental Law and Policy Summit!
Emily Werkmann, Executive Chair
Emily is from Long Island, New York. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Miami, where she double majored in Ecosystem Science & Policy and Political Science. Prior to law school, she spent two years as a paralegal for a small, boutique law firm in New York City. This past summer, Emily served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the Southern District of New York. She is a member of Tulane Law Review and hopes to pursue a career in Environmental or Energy Law
Tristen Danley, Speaker Chair
Tristan is from Columbus, Georgia. She received degrees in Environmental Policy and Political Science from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. This past summer, Tristan worked towards a Masters Degree in Environmental Law & Policy at Vermont Law School. She currently works as a research assistant at the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy and is a member of the Pace Environmental Appellate Moot Court team. She hopes to work in Environmental Law following graduation.
Portia Mastin, Speaker Chair
Portia is from Indianapolis, Indiana and attended Indiana University for her undergraduate education. She has a bachelor’s in political science with a minor in Germanic studies. Prior to law school, she worked with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, doing community organizing and advocacy on climate change legislation. She spent this past summer working in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in the chambers of the Honorable James L. Dennis. She hopes to pursue a career in the public interest environmental field, and to work specifically on coastal and marine issues.
Zeke Maggard, Finance Chair
Zeke is from Hindman, Kentucky. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Kentucky in Finance and Accounting. This past summer, Zeke worked as an intern for a Baltimore County private practice firm. He hopes to pursue a career in either environmental law or bankruptcy after graduation.
Hannah Price, Outreach Chair
Hannah is from Houston, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Bioenvironmental Sciences with a minor in Business Administration from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. This past summer, Hannah served as a judicial intern for both the First and Fourteenth Court of Appeals of Texas in Houston. Along with serving as Outreach Chair, Hannah is also the Vice President of the Environmental and Energy Society and a Junior Member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.
Anais Moore-Jaccard, Hospitality Chair
Anais is from Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Bard College with a degree in Art History and Urban & Environmental Studies, she worked in New York City as the Assistant Director of Catering and Events for a fast-casual seafood company. This past summer, she was selected for an Access to Justice Internship, and worked as a summer extern to the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana. She is a member of the Tulane Law Review, and hopes to practice internationally after graduation.
Margaret Wilbourne, Technology Chair
Margaret is from Cullman, Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, where she majored in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on Environmental Ethics and Sustainability, and minored in Studio Arts. This past summer, Margaret split her summer between studying art law abroad in Siena, Italy and working as a research assistant for the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy. She is a member of Tulane’s International and Comparative Law Journal and hopes to pursue a career in Environmental Law after
Drew Renzi, CLE Chair
Drew is from Winchester, Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, where he studied Economics as well as Physics and French. This past summer, Drew studied Maritime Law in Greece. He is a member of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal and hopes to pursue a career in Environmental and Energy law following graduation.
Denman Mims, Transportation Chair
Denman is from Atlanta, Georgia. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Southern Mississippi where he majored in Political Science. Experienced with environmental protection, he worked as a site inspector with an environmental consulting firm and worked with a sea turtle poaching prevention project in Guatemala prior to law school. This past summer, Denman worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant Legal Program. He is a member of the Tulane
Mock Trial Team and hopes to pursue a career in Environmental Law after graduation.
Henry Dahlen, Logistics Chair Henry Dahlen is from Salinas, California. He received his undergraduate degree in History from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This past summer, Henry worked as a Research Intern at the Tulane Institute on Water Research and Policy, where his work focused on the legal precedents that impact and guide modern water law in Louisiana, particularly applications of the doctrines of accretion and avulsion. He has continued in his capacity as a Research Assistant in the Fall semester. He hopes to work in Environmental Law following
Oliver Houck, Advisor and Professor of Law
Oliver Houck’s specialties involve environmental, natural resources and criminal law. He is active in legal proceedings involving wildlife, wetland, coastal and pollution issues and publishes regularly on these and related topics. He has published several books, including Taking Back Eden (on environmental lawsuits abroad), Down on the Batture (on the Lower Mississippi River), The Clean Water Act TMDL Program (pollution control), and most recently Downstream Toward Home (on rivers of North America). He also has written extensively for academic
journals and general interest publications.
Houck served as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., and as National Wildlife Federation general counsel and vice president before joining the Tulane law faculty in 1981. He has since served on the boards of Defenders of Wildlife, the Environmental Law Institute and the Environmental Defense Fund, an advisory board of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two committees of the National Science Foundation. He has also founded several public interest organizations in Louisiana and at Tulane Law School and has consulted on the development of environmental law in Cuba and other Latin American countries.
Houck’s classes emphasize relationships between ecology and law, and he regularly takes students on field trips into coastal ecosystems, the Pearl and Atchafalaya swamps and other natural areas. He has received the law school’s Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teacher Award and was named a recipient of the Sumter Marks Award in 2000 and 2002 for his publications. He has also been honored with the New Orleans Press Club Award, the Tulane University Graduate Teaching Award and the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Bar Association’s Environmental Section.
He has been recognized as Louisiana’s Conservationist of the Year, Gambit magazine’s New Orleanian of the Year and the New Orleans Young Leadership Council’s Role Model of the Year.
Mark Davis, Advisor and Director, Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy
Mark Davis is a Senior Research Fellow at Tulane University Law School and Director of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy at the Law School. He founded the Institute in 2007 after 14 years as the Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana where he was extensively involved in shaping laws, policies, and programs at the state and federal level dealing with the restoration and stewardship of coastal ecosystems. He also served as
GeneralCounsel at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin
Foundation. He has practiced law in Indianapolis,
Washington, DC, and Chicago.
He is an adjunct assistant professor of law at Tulane where he teaches water resources law and policy is also an adjunct faculty member at Loyola Law School (New Orleans). He has also taught at IIT Chicago Kent School of Law and Indiana University’s School of Business in Indianapolis. He has a JD, with honors, from Indiana University and an MLT from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Davis has written and lectured widely on matters related to coastal and water resource management and has testified before White House and Congressional panels on numerous occasions. He has been recognized for his work with a Louisiana Legend Award from the Louisiana Environmental Action Network and an Environmental Hero award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.