November 6

We are going do a last round of project reviews and work out the paper presentation schedule for the last two classes.

We will end early and I stay after class if anyone needs to discuss their project. You can also schedule an appointment with me later in the week if you prefer.


Each person will present on his/her paper. Groups will go together. You should be prepared present for 10 minutes. You are not required to use PowerPoint or other visual aids, but they may be useful in organizing your presentation. 

We have two classes left. We will work out the schedule during class.

Guide to writing you paper

The length should be between 5,000 and 7,500 words, exclusive of notes and attachments. (Longer is acceptable if you need more room to address your topic.)

You should start with a clear statement of the problem you are addressing in the paper. 

If you are working a group, explain where your paper fits in with the group. 

If are working with a resource person, explain who you are working with and what you have done with them.

You should have a short table of contents for your paper that corresponds to the headings in your paper. 

Use footnotes in the body of the paper. Bluebook is not necessary, but make sure the citations are adequate to find your reference materials. Include jump pages as necessary.

Clarity and organization are important. Expect to revise at least a couple of drafts before turning in the final paper. 

I would like to see a draft before exams start so that I have time to give you feedback before the final paper is due. 

The final paper should be emailed to me by 21 December 2018. I will reply when I receive your paper. If I do not reply with a few hours, resend it.

October 30


The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — How We Got This Way: Canal Dredging

Does this square with our speakers and readings?


Research and writing day – no class. 

October 23

Project status reports

October 16


Guest speaker

Hurricane Michael 

Hurricane Michael – Aerial image of damage

Captain Earl Webb of the Corpus Pilots, provided the following videos from yesterday- in Mexico Beach, Florida. His family owns houses in the area. 

October 9


The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient ‘SAFE’ Vehicles Rule

The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Year 2021–2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks – Draft Environmental Impact Statement (July 2018) (Climate change projections on page s-15)

GLOBAL WARMING OF 1.5 °C: an IPCC special report  (2018)

‘Tipping points’ could exacerbate climate crisis, scientists fear


Project Update Day – we will go through the class and discuss projects. What have you learned over the break? Have you contacted your resource persons, if applicable?

October 2

Another crazy coastal development plan

Class is canceled for the 2nd. I think it will be more useful if we starting writing things down. I would like each person who is working individually to email me a document by Tuesday with a one-paragraph statement of your project and an outline of where you are going with your paper. The outline does not need to more than page long but it needs to show me what law you are looking at and an idea of what you will cover in the paper. Let me know if need contact info for any resource persons or if there is information you are having trouble finding that I might be able to help with.

I would persons working on team projects to provide the same info for your part of the project and who else you are working with so I can put the projects together to evaluate them. 

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September 25

We will have a guest speaker – Professor Eugene Turner – who will speak on wetlands, diversions, sea level rise, and coastal Louisiana. Professor Turner is an internationally recognized wetlands expert. He is one of the primary investigators of the dead zone off the Mississippi River.

Hog farm updates

September 18


We will have a guest speaker from NOAA.

Beach loss on the Outer Banks

September 11

As we discussed at the end of last class, you need to send me an email with a brief description of your topic and any people you are going to work with. 

Hurricane Florence Surge

Jim Cantori’s coming to town by Jim Morris

I am working on a speaker. If I am not successful, I will talk about the coastal wetlands and the impact of sea level rise. 

September 4


We will work on project selection. Look over the project pages and I will post additional pages Monday afternoon.

I am going to review NEPA before we discuss projects. NEPA is the most important tool for public interest litigators who challenge the environmental impact of federally funded or permitted projects.

Slides –  The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

General NEPA Resources

Louisiana NEPA Resources