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LMU Law & Geosyntec to Host Symposium Examining the Aftermath of Smoky Mountain Wildfires

Knoxville, Tennessee, March 10, 2017— The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU 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, 2017, 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 (GSMNP)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 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.        

The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond.

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Lincoln Memorial University John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law is provisionally approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.



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