by Brittany Hardy
Baylor Law School will host an Environmental Law Forum at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in room 127. This year's forum topic is "Environmental Issues in the Current Texas Legislative Session."
This annual event is a more than 10 years old and is co-sponsored by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (State Bar Section) and the Baylor Environmental and Natural Resources Law Society (BENRLS).
"These forums enhance Environmental Law education at Baylor by offering a substantive program on issues of contemporary relevance and introduce students to the State Bar Section and BENRLS. Law students and law school faculty, and those with a particular interest in Environmental Law, Administrative Law, or the state legislature should benefit most from the program," said Walt Shelton, an Austin lawyer and adjunct professor of environmental law.
The two keynote speakers will be State Senator Robert Duncan and former State Senator Kip Averitt. Other special guests who will offer remarks will be State Bar Section Chair Peter Gregg and Section liaison Jason Hill. Caroleene Hardee, a BENRLS officer, will also offer some introductory remarks about BENRLS and the program.
Sen. Duncan has been in the legislature since 1996. He has been a member of the Senate Finance Committee since 2001 and is also a member of the Senate Natural Resources Committee. He has been named as a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer though a peer review process. He has also been included three times in the Texas Monthly list of top 10 legislators and currently serves as the chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee. He represents Senate District 28 in the Texas Senate, and is a partner in the Lubbock firm of Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam,L.L.P.
Former Sen. Averitt served in the Texas Senate from 2002 - 2010. He was in the Texas House of Representatives for nine years before becoming a state senator. Prior to Averitt's retirement from the Texas Senate, he served for multiple sessions as the chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Averitt has a BBA and MBA from Baylor, is a CPA, and currently works as a legislative consultant.
Gregg practices Environmental Law in Austin with Fritz, Byrne, Head & Harrison, PLLC. Hill is a Baylor Law graduate and practices Water Law in Austin with Lloyd, Gosselink, Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.