Environmental Law Program

ELP Faculty Participate in Public Participation Conference

On December 1-2, 2017, ELP Faculty Dean Antolini and Professor Malia Akutagawa participated Accord3.0 Network’s conference, Public Participation in a Polarized Era: The Good, The Bad, The Future.

Dean Antolini’s presentation focused on the public participation aspects of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Hawai’i Environmental Policy Act (HEPA).  She outlined the importance of engaging the public for future litigation of projects.

Professor Akutagawa participated in a panel with Ramsey Taum titled, Consultation Processes with Native Hawaiian Communities.  The discussion explored the necessity of researching communities before approaching and knowing who should be approached first.  The panel stressed the importance of respecting native knowledge when approaching communities with project proposals.