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Environmental Roundtable

Environmental Roundtables are facilitated discussions of important environmental issues, hosted by the Loyola University Environment Program. Facilitators include Environment Program students, faculty and guest hosts.



When:  October 25th, 2018
Time:    12:30 – 1:30
Where: Monroe Hall 610
Who:    Professors
Bob Thomas (Environmental Communications), David White (Biology & Environment) and

              Karen Sokol (Law)  
Title:     Panel of Loyola Scholars   

Title of Talk:  Dusky Gopher Frogs and the ESA in Balance – A Supreme Court Decision

Description of Talk:

Join us at Loyola on Oct. 25th, 12:30 in MO 610 to participate in a Panel discussion of the Supreme Court case on the Dusky Gopher Frog with Loyola Scholars Profs. Bob Thomas (Environmental Communications), David White (Biology & Environment) and Karen Sokol (Law).  The case was argued on the 1st day of the current SCOTUS session (Oct. 1st)

SCOTUS Blog summary. See   

SCOTUS Case summary.  The History …

This case and discussion has impacts on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and several other areas of Environmental Regulation and Law (e.g., Clean Water Act). ESA court cases often involve multiple state and federal laws and regulations.

Our Loyola Scholar panelists are … Dr. Craig S. Hood, Director of Environment Program, who will moderate the discussion, and …

Dr. Robert A. Thomas, Loyola Endowed Chair of Environmental Communications (School of Mass Communication) who is also a professional Herpetologist, who has worked on reptiles and amphibians of Louisiana, including the Louisiana Amphibian Monitoring Program and the Dusky Gopher Frog.

Dr. David A. White, Loyola Emeritus Professor of Biology and Environment Program, who is a wetlands ecologist and has taught most of our Ecological Science courses at Loyola for 3 decades.  He has worked on wetland delineations and ecological impacts of conserving/restoring species and ecosystems.

Professor Karen Sokal joined the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law faculty in 2009.  Her teaching and research interests include environmental law, torts, products liability, administrative law, and philosophy of law.  Her scholarship focuses on climate change law and policy and on the potential for forging more robust environmental protections by incorporating Eastern philosophy into Western legal theory and policy.




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