UM BRIDGES Presents Spring Lecture at the Nexus

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Please join us for our Spring 2020 Lecture at the Nexus with guest speakers Sam Panarella and Barb Cosens. The spring “Lecture at the Nexus” at the University of Montana will highlight the importance of trade offs for climate action.

Professor Sam Panarella will launch the lecture series at 4 p.m. Monday March 9th in Forestry Room 305.  Professor Panarella will be discussing the trade-offs between wind turbines and our legal commitments to preserve birds, as a case study of some of the trade offs we will need to negotiate to address climate change.

Professor Panarella is the director of the Max Baucus Institute and teaches Contracts, Business Transactions, Climate Change Law, and Renewable Energy Law. Before joining the law school faculty, Professor Panarella was the CEO of Crux Consulting, LLC, a legal process and management consulting firm whose clients include the legal departments of several Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that, Professor Panarella was a partner at Stoel Rives LLP, a leading western law firm, where he focused his legal practice on energy law, with a specialty in renewable energy development, and representing public and private companies in large-scale industrial and commercial project development.

Please join us for the first of two “Lecture at the Nexus” events this term.

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Thursday April 16th, Dr. Barb Cosens : Bridging the Law-Science Divide: from theory to stakeholder impact in the FEW nexus of the Columbia River Basin. UM Alexander Blewett III School of Law, Room 201, 4:00 pm. Reception to follow. Barbara Cosens is a Professor with the University of Idaho College of Law and the Waters of the West Graduate Program. She is a member of the Universities Consortium on Columbia River Governance and co-chair of a project on Adaptive Governance in Regional Water Systems to Manage Resilience in an era of Changing Climate