2017 Summit: Totally Buggin’ Out: Legal Action and Insects

Saturday, March 11, 10:30am, Weinmann Hall, Room TBD

Did you know honeybees help produce a third of our food? Despite their massive contributions, these silent workers are dying off due to pesticide use and other human activities. This panel will discuss the pressing issues facing honeybees and other important bugs, explore potential legal intervention, and discuss available policy actions that can protect our tiny friends.

Tamara Zakim, Deputy Attorney General, California

zakimTamara Zakim is a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California.  She is a member of the California AG’s Division of Public Rights, Natural Resources Law Section.  Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Tamara was an associate attorney with Earthjustice, where she enforced and defended environmental laws in federal and state courts on behalf of environmental organizations, community groups and other nonprofit clients. Before joining Earthjustice, Tamara was an associate with a national law firm in its New York City and San Francisco offices.

Tamara received her bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in 2003, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2010.  She is on the board of OUT for Sustainability, a non-profit that mobilizes the LGBTQ community for environmental and social action. She lives and works in California’s Bay Area.

Zack Lemann, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium


Zack Lemann was born and raised in New Orleans and attended Duke University where he earned degrees in both History and Anthropology.  He began working for the Audubon Nature Institute in 1992 and has been there ever since. For about 8 years, during construction of Audubon Insectarium, Zack has served as the point person for animal acquisitions and scientific content and also worked on exhibit design ideas. With the facility now open, Zack’s responsibilities include overseeing exhibits and presentation areas using live animals.

With a combination of zoo/museum experience, biology master’s degree coursework from the University of New Orleans, field experience and personal contacts with professionals in various natural history fields, Zack has gained a wealth of information about insects and their relatives.  Sharing this knowledge has been a passion of his for over two decades, and Zack is now a requested speaker and presenter at many events both in New Orleans and around the United States.

Zack’s primary animal interest is in spiders, which he studied while in the Biology graduate school at the University of New Orleans.  However, Zack is better known in local circles as a “bug chef.”  In addition to speaking about – and cooking – bugs at various Audubon Nature Institute events, he has been on national television programs as well including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Today,” and segments on Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, and The Food Network, to name a few.


Bessie Daschbach (Moderator), Member, Jones, Swanson, Huddle & Garrison, LLC

bessie-daschbachBessie Antin Daschbach leads the firm’s environmental litigation practice. In that role, Bessie has spearheaded the work that has gone into filing the coastal land loss litigation against 97 oil and gas companies, titled Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East, et al. v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC, et al. In her position generally, Bessie ensures that the firm’s environmental litigation matters progress efficiently and effectively, and avoid an unnecessarily prolonged litigation process. Bessie’s environmental litigation experience at Jones Swanson has been with land and groundwater contamination cases. She, together with her team, represents landowners throughout Louisiana against some of the industry’s largest oil and gas operators for extensive land and groundwater contamination caused by those operators. Bessie also has extensive experience in commercial litigation.

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