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2020: Legal, Ethical, and Policy Implications of a Changing Climate

Law & Society Series

Legal, Ethical, and Policy Implications of a Changing Climate

12th annual Law & Society Symposium

Charleston Music Hall
Friday, February 7, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Presented by the Riley Institute and the Charleston Law Review of the Charleston School of Law

Registration is now open. Click here for more information and to register.  

Our changing climate increasingly creates significant legal, ethical, and legislative challenges. Water quality, sea level rise, and the environmental impacts of proposed offshore drilling are critical issues facing South Carolinians and present challenges to those who make and enact laws. To counter the Trump administration’s plans to lease South Carolina’s offshore waters for oil drilling and testing, the South Carolina legislature’s current budget prohibits cities, counties and the state from issuing permits for infrastructure onshore to support the offshore work. The increasing scarcity of clean water and the impacts of sea level rise create the needs for legal responses in order to mitigate loss, protect our resources, and compensate victims. 

Join us for a nuanced discussion of these and other challenges we face today.

Keynote: The Honorable Paul Ney, General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense

Panel: Offshore Drilling: How Judicial Influence can Effect Change

Panel: Sea Level Rise: Preparing for a New Reality

Panel: Water Quality: Merging Policy and Pragmatism

About Paul Ney

Currently, the chief legal officer of the Department of Defense and legal advisor to the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Ney has been engaged throughout his career in both private practice and public service. He has twice been a partner in private law firms, first with Trauger, Ney & Tuke and later with Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C. He also was director of the Nashville Davidson County Mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development. Within the Department, Mr. Ney previously served as acting general counsel and principal deputy general counsel of the Department of the Navy, and as deputy general counsel (Legal Counsel) for the Department of Defense. Immediately prior to rejoining the Department, he served as chief deputy attorney general for the State of Tennessee.

Mr. Ney is a recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal and Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.

Mr. Ney earned his juris doctor and masters of business administration from Vanderbilt University and his bachelor of science in biology & society from Cornell University. He served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Adrian Duplantier in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.