UB Law School and the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy Will Host Conference on Hydrofracking

Free CLE for practitioners

By Ilene Fleischmann

Release Date: March 21, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Law School and the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy will host a two-day conference on hydrofracking -- "Hydrofracking: Exploring the Legal Issues in the Context of Politics, Science and the Economy" -- Monday and Tuesday, March 28-29, in 509 O'Brian Hall on UB's North Campus.

All events, refreshments and Continuing Legal Education credits are free of charge.

Horizontal gas drilling involving hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking or fracking, and its potential effects are important environmental and energy concerns for the nation. This conference provides an opportunity for a scholarly exchange of ideas as well as a forum for community discussion.

Day One of the conference, "Fracking: Questions and Controversies," will begin 3:30 p.m. March 28 with an explanation of hyrdrofracking. A panel of environmental law experts will discuss the common environmental concerns associated with the practice. The panel will be moderated by Jessica Owley, associate professor, UB Law School. Attorneys who attend the panel presentation on Day One (March 28) may earn 2.0 non-transitional CLE credits in the area of professional practice.

The discussion will be followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Cellino and Barnes Conference Center on the fifth floor of the Law School. It will be hosted by the Law School and open to law students, attorneys and conference participants. At 7 p.m. there will be a screening of the movie "Gasland," presented by UB Green, in the Woldman Theater in Norton Hall on UB's North Campus.

Day Two of the conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. March 29 and conclude at 4:15 p.m. It will include a discussion of the legal, political and scientific issues raised by the hydrofracking debate. A two-part panel of attorneys and scholars will be moderated by UB Law Professor Robert S. Berger, and UB Law Professor and Director of the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy Errol E. Meidinger. Attorneys who attend the morning panel presentation on Day Two of the conference may earn 3.0 non-transitional CLE credits in the area of Professional Practice.

For more information about the conference, visit http://www.law.buffalo.edu/baldycenter/hydrofracking/

The Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York for the period of March 11, 2008, to March 10, 2011. Our accreditation continues while our application for renewal as an accredited provider is pending. The University at Buffalo Law School has a financial hardship policy. For further information on our policy, contact Lisa Mueller, CLE coordinator, at 645-3176.