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MSU Law Students to Host Water Forum

For Release February 3, 2005

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The Environmental Law Society of Michigan State University College of Law will present a half-day forum focused on Michiganís water management issues, on Thursday, February 10, from 1:30-5:00 p.m. The forum will be held in the Forum Conference Room of the Library of Michigan at 702 W. Kalamazoo in downtown Lansing.

Titled "Michiganís Water Debate: A Discussion on the Future of Water Law and Policy," the conference will explore groundwater regulation, the Water Legacy Act, the Great Lakes Charter, and a related legal case, Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation v. Nestle Waters North America.

Speakers will include environmental experts: Jon Bartholic of the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research, Steven Chester of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Noah Hall of the National Wildlife Federation, Mike Johnston of the Michigan Manufacturers Association, attorney James Olson of Olson, Bzdok & Howard, and Doug Roberts, Jr., of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

The Environmental Law Society is one of 40 student-managed organizations at the law college.

MSU College of Law was founded as the Detroit College of Law in 1891. To extend its commitment to educational excellence, the college affiliated with MSU in 1995 and moved to MSUís East Lansing campus in 1997. The move enabled the law college to build state-of-the-art facilities and to provide the benefits of a Big Ten campus.

MSU College of Law strengthened its affiliation with Michigan State University in 2004, becoming more closely aligned academically. The association between the two schools has led to a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program at the law college. Today, the college remains the nationís oldest continually operating independent law school and one of only two private law schools to be affiliated with a research university.

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