LMU Law, Geosyntec to host symposium on recent wildfires

Knoxville, Tenn., March 10 — Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law and Geosyntec Consultants will host a symposium entitled “Fire in the Smokies, Rising from the Ashes” from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, at LMU Law in downtown Knoxville.

The symposium will feature a host of experts to discuss the impact of the devastating wildfires that swept through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg in November. Speakers will examine legal issues facing the community as it rebuilds and other important issues.

“In the wake of a tragedy of this nature, the natural inclination of all involved in the process is to ensure that any information disseminated is accurate,” said Judge Gary R. Wade, dean of LMU Law. “This symposium is designed to provide an appropriate analysis of the fire and its aftermath.”

Speakers include Judge Gary Wade, LMU Law dean; Geosyntec consultants Julia Caprio and Duane Graves; attorneys Sid Gilreath, Dean Howell and Catherine Anglin; Great Smoky Mountains National Park Deputy Superintendent Clay Jordan and GSMNP Spokesperson Dana Soehn; Michael Harding, a nationally recognized post-fire response expert; Dollywood President Craig Ross and Dollywood Foundation President David Dotson; Sevier County Emergency Management Director John Mathews and Mayor Larry Waters; Knoxville News Sentinel Editor Jack McElroy; and Legal Aid of East Tennessee President Sheri Fox.

The symposium will open with a continental breakfast and registration at 8:30 a.m. Speakers will address specific topics throughout the day, and the event will conclude with a panel discussion and question and answer session. Out of respect to those entities that may have to respond to potential lawsuits, questions will be limited to the panel discussion at the end of the program. Four hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit is available for attorneys. Registration is $35 and includes breakfast and lunch. Contact April Hurley at april.hurley@lmunet.edu to register.

Geosyntec is a specialized consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex problems involving our environment, natural resources and civil infrastructure.

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