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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session D 9

Using Legal Strategies to Create Healthy Homes, Schools and Communities

Description of Session:

Legal aid and public interest lawyers can be a valuable resource to organized efforts to promote environmental public health. This workshop will profile three examples of successful legal advocacy efforts to promote healthier living environments in homes, schools and communities. In Cincinnati, Ohio, legal advocacy on healthy housing focused on reducing exposures in the home to toxic substances such as lead, mold and pesticides. Legal aid lawyers in Providence, Rhode Island used research, litigation and legislative advocacy to advance policies requiring the siting of schools away from environmental hazards such as air pollution sources, landfills and toxic waste sites. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, public interest lawyers have teamed up with community groups in New Orleans, Louisiana to address the many public health and environmental contamination problems created by the storm. Panelists will discuss the challenges and rewards of collaboration between lawyers and scientists in advocacy for healthy environments. Particular attention will be given to the respective roles of lawyers and scientists in these efforts.

Presenter(s) E-mail
Moderator: Brian Gumm, JD bgumm@afhh.org
Presenter 1: Marcheta Lee Gillam, JD

Title of Presentation:Using Science and Scientists to Win Legal Battles for Better Health through Better Housing

mgillam@lascinti.org
Presenter 2: Steven Fischbach

Title of Presentation: Promoting Environmentally Sound School-siting Policies

steve.fischbach@gmail.com

Presenter 3: Al Huang, MD

Title of Presentation: Healthy Communities: Cleaning Up New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

ahuang@nrdc.org