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Minnesota's best-known ecological disaster that didn't occur here but made plenty of headlines is the topic of the fall symposium Oct. 1 for the University of St. Thomas.
"Exxon Valdez Revisited: Rights and Responsibilities" will discuss the impact of the March 24, 1989, oil spill on the ecology of Alaska's Prince William Sound and the result of two decades of litigation led by the Minneapolis firm of Faegre & Benson that followed.
Keynote speakers include Doug Rendleman, the Robert E.R. Huntley professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Va., who is an expert on remedies in the judicial system; and Catherine Sharkey, a professor at New York University School of Law who has written extensively about damages, including compensatory societal damages.
There'll be a second discussion the same day, titled, "Exxon Valdez Revisited: Justice Achieved or Denied?" It will examine the spill and the resulting legal issues, including the length of legal proceedings and corporate and personal responsibility in the wake of tragedy. In this session, Brian O'Neill -- the Faegre trial lawyer who represented plaintiffs -- and Michael Paulsen, a St. Thomas School of Law professor, will consider whether justice was achieved in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the case.
Sharkey and David Lebedoff, author of "Cleaning Up," a 1997 book about the case, will also offer thoughts. To register, call 651-962-4920, or e-mail holloranctr @stthomas.edu.
To register for the first event, call 651-962-4855, or register online, at www.stthomas.edu/law/rsvp.Airport gets tagged
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport last week joined the social media set, when it launched its own Facebook page and began "tweeting" on Twitter. The Facebook page and the Twitter displays are designed to help travelers on layovers make good use of their time. The Facebook site at www.facebook.com/mspairport will carry offers on dining and shopping at the airport while promoting events such as book signings, shop and restaurant openings, art displays and musical performances. Passengers also can get information about changes at the airport that could affect their trips. Tweets can be received at twitter.com/mspairport.Cutting energy use
A new Minneapolis company hopes to capitalize on the emerging green economy with a niche in benchmarking energy use in commercial buildings.
EnergyPrint says that it expects to be servicing 2,000 commercial properties by the end of the year, as building owners search for ways to reduce their energy consumption.
The company is the brainchild of CEO Jerry Larson and President Priscilla Koeckeritz. Larson has 40 years of experience in environmental construction and commercial banking; Koeckeritz is a 20-year veteran of helping emerging companies develop and grow.
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