“Rocky Flats: Causes of Action”- November 18, 2016

Toward a Sustainable 21st Century Series

Rocky Flats: Causes of Action
November 18, 2016
Beckman Center for the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering

The Rocky Flats nuclear weapons production facility just northwest of Denver, CO, has been the epicenter of some of the longest-running civil litigation in U.S. history. From its opening in the early 1950s until its closure four decades later, the plant was the site of multiple plutonium fires, extensive contamination by radioactive materials and ultrahazardous waste, an unprecedented raid by the FBI, and a cleanup operation of over ten years and $7 billion.

At the heart of the multiple, decades-long civil actions surrounding Rocky Flats is the question of whether the government’s national security demands can supersede the duty of care it is entrusted to maintain for its citizens and natural environment. As that litigation has shifted the question to one of redress, it has revealed a compartmentalization of risk and bureaucratization of defense involving conflicts of interest not only between the government and citizens, but among government agencies, contractors, lawyers, and the very branches of government itself.

Rocky Flats: Causes of Action will explore these conflicts through presentations by lead counsel in four landmark cases spanning from the first cluster of lawsuits in 1975 to the $375M settlement reached in May 2016.

Featured speakers include:

Hartley Alley, Attorney, Law Offices of Hartley Alley

Adam Babich, Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Clinic, Tulane University Law School

Merrill Davidoff, Managing Shareholder and Chair of the Environmental Group, Berger & Montague P.C.

Howard Holme, former President, Bandwidth Market, Ltd.; former President, Fairfield and Woods P.C.


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Toward a Sustainable 21st Century Series – “Agroecology works! Toward resilient, productive food and farming” with Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Ph.D.- 5/4/16

21st centuryThe “Toward a Sustainable 21st Century” series presents:

WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2016 – 
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Social Science Lecture Hall, Room 100


Agroecology works!  Toward resilient, productive food and farming
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Ph.D.
Senior scientist and director of the Grassroots Science Program at Pesticide Action Network, North America (PAN). Before joining PAN in 1996, Marcia worked in Asia and Africa for 14 years. She developed farmer field schools in ecological pest management, sustainable agriculture and community-based rural development projects in Southeast Asia, and women’s health, literacy and resource conservation projects on the Thai-Cambodian and Somali-Ethiopian borders. Marcia holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Yale University. She has written extensively on the ecological, social and political dimensions of food and agriculture and was a lead author of the UN-sponsored “International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development”.

Held in conjunction with the Global Food Summit, May 5-6, 2016.  For the agenda and information on the Global Food Summit, May 5-6, 2016, visit http://blumcenter.uci.edu/gfs/.