Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference: University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN

Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference: University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN

For more information, see the APIEL website.

APIEL is designed to unite activists, attorneys, students, scientists and concerned citizens working for environmental justice throughout Appalachian and surrounding states. The weekend conference will feature a series of workshops and dialogues led by activists, lawyers and scientists with the goal of exchanging information, sharing skills, and fostering collaboration between the grassroots, the bar, and future lawyers and policy-makers. Workshops will address the region's most pressing ecological problems, as well as the underlying laws, policies and institutional dynamics that have enabled these issues to occur. 

    Topics include: 

  • Longwall Mining
  • Mountaintop Removal and strip mining
  • Economic diversification in coalfield communities
  • Air and water pollution
  • Coal combustion waste and coal plants
  • Appalachian History and Broadform Deed
  • Chemical weapons disposal
  • The precautionary principle
  • Forest protection and ecological restoration
  • Know Your Rights for activists
  • Land ownership and land reform.   

     APIEL is an opportunity for activists, lawyers, students and scientists to learn from each other and to reach across state and regional lines to meet and network with others who share common interests and goals.  It is an opportunity for community organizations to build their long-term capacity by networking more lawyers, researchers and students.

    APIEL is modeled on the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) established in Eugene, Oregon, where once a year lawyers, law students, activists, scientists, funders, and media come from around the planet to be a part of the nation's leading annual environmental law convergence.