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September 7, 2006

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Gore to Address National Association of Environmental Law Societies Conference

WASHINGTON--The George Washington University Law School is pleased to announce that former Vice President Al Gore will address the 17th Annual National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS) Conference on March 18, 2007, at the culmination of a four-day program hosted by GW Law School.

"Vice President Gore's address will be a marvelous capstone to what should be a great event for the entire GW Law community," said Dean Frederick M. Lawrence. "We are especially proud of our Environmental Law Association students who are already hard at work to make this four-day conference an impressive event and who are to be congratulated for their efforts to obtain the bid to host this year's NAELS conference here at GW Law."

The theme of this year's conference, "The Future of Environmental Protection," will encompass a variety of contemporary topics in environmental law, with a specific focus on legal issues relating to global climate change. Several hundred students, academics, and practitioners from throughout the country are expected to attend. The four-day conference will have several panels, workshops, and social functions and will conclude on Sunday, March 18, with a lecture and a question and answer session with the former vice president.

Gore has been instrumental in educating the public on the current environmental crisis. He led the Clinton Administration's efforts to protect the global environment and authored a best-selling book on the topic, Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (1992). In 2006 Gore released the documentary An Inconvenient Truth with director Davis Guggenheim at the Sundance Film Festival. According to the film's website, An Inconvenient Truth "offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. That man is former Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, re-set the course of his life to focus on a last-ditch, all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change."

GW has been a leader in environmental legal education since 1970, the year the University established its Environmental Law Program. J.D. and LL.M. students find unmatched academic opportunities at GW, with more than 20 courses, clinical and externship programs, and numerous opportunities for individual research. The Law School's location in the nation's capital provides access to the most knowledgeable and experienced faculty and offers students unsurpassed resources outside of the classroom.

NAELS is a coalition of more than 50 law student groups that aims to connect, educate, and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders. Planning for the March Conference is in the preliminary stages. More information about conference registration and ticket availability for Vice President Gore's address and other conference events will be provided at a later date.

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