- ABOUT US
- Rights of Springs
Patricia Siemen, O.P., J.D.
Director – On sabbatical until June 30, 2015
B.A., Siena Heights University
M.P.A., University of Texas, Austin
M.A., Holy Names College
J.D., Northeastern University
psiemen (at) barry.edu
Patricia Siemen is a Dominican Sister from Adrian, Michigan, and an attorney. She currently serves as the director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Barry University School of Law.
Previous positions Sister Pat has held include director of the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College, engaging students and staff in programs and workshops in Earth Literacy; staff attorney for the Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; and legal services attorney for migrant farm workers in South Florida. Sister Pat has also served in community organizing with the African-American community in rural Tennessee, in parish ministry with the Latino community and elementary education. She served on the Adrian Dominican Sisters Congregational leadership team from 1988-98.
Sister Pat holds a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, Boston; a Master in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin; and a Master in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University, Oakland, California. Her B.A. is in History and Political Science from Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan. She is a member of the Michigan and Florida Bars.
Jane M. Goddard, Esq.
B.A., English (World Literature), University of South Florida
B.A., International Studies, University of South Florida
M.L.S., Rollins College
J.D., Barry University School of Law
jgoddard (at) barry.edu
After 20 years as a civil litigation paralegal, Jane returned to the academic world to earn her Master of Liberal Studies degree at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, and her law degree at Barry University School of Law, Orlando, Florida. While at Barry, she received the highest grade in seven classes and graduated as the valedictorian in May, 2008. Jane also served as the lead articles editor of the Barry Law Review, and her article, “Building the Cathedral: Sculpting a Part-Time Legal Education in a Double-Time World,” was chosen for publication in 2007. She was appointed as the co-chair of the Service Committee for the Women Lawyers Association and was named WLA’s Graduate of the Year for 2007-08. Jane has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2008.
Jane is particularly interested in combining three areas of knowledge to encourage appreciation and protection of the natural world: the humanities (philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history, and language), the sciences, and the value of direct experience. Her article, “The Persistent Pagan: The Green Man and the Green Knight,” was published in the Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies in 2001.
With CEJ, Jane concentrates on education and outreach to lawyers and policymakers in the Central Florida community. She is primarily responsible for CEJ events and for CEJ’s written materials, including website content, social media outreach, the Groundswell newsletter, and the Voices of Earth Jurisprudence teaching monograph series. She regularly consults with the editors of the Barry University School of Law’s Environmental and Earth Law Journal.
Jane is one of a handful of people who have kayaked the entire 310 miles of the St. Johns River, from its headwaters near Vero Beach until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean at Mayport, east of Jacksonville, FL. She is the only woman to complete the journey by through-paddle. Jane has spoken on Earth jurisprudence concepts and her kayaking adventures to various law school classes and environmental and professional organizations.
Robert A. Williams, Esq.
B.A., Economics, University of Michigan
J.D., Harvard Law School
redhillsbirder (at) gmail.com
Rob brings over 35 years of legal experience to CEJ, where he works in an “of counsel” role on CEJ’s Springs Initiative. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, Rob joined Florida Rural Legal Services in Immokalee, Florida, as a staff attorney, practicing and litigating cases brought under Farm Labor Contractor Registration Act and the Migrant and Seasons Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and managing the office.
Rob subsequently spent five years as the Legislative and Administrative Advocate for Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., advocating for farmworkers at the state and federal levels. In that capacity he drafted and successfully lobbied for the passage of the Florida Agricultural Worker Safety Act and the Florida farmworker housing law; testified before congressional committees and commissions; participated in negotiations with growers and the Department of Labor over amendments to the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Protection Act, and provided public comment on proposed regulations. He is the current director of the Migrant Farmworker Justice Project for Florida Legal Services, Inc. and is based in Tallahassee, Florida.
For his work with farmworkers, Rob was selected in 2012 as one of President Barack Obama’s “Champions of Change: Cesar Chavez Legacy,” in recognition of his service to others, knowledge, innovation, acceptance of all people, respect for life and the environment, and dedication to improving the lives of others. He was honored at a White House ceremony, along with the other nine recipients of the award. In 1993, he received the Florida Bar Association’s Legal Aid Public Service Award.
Rob is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for the Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, and the Supreme Court of Florida. In 1997, he taught as an adjunct professor at Florida State University College of Law. He currently serves on the board of the Wakulla Springs Alliance.
Rob has been an avid birder for his entire life and has been a member of Audubon for over 25 years. He travels often in search of new birds for his “life list.”Jane Marsden
jmarsden (at) barry.edu
Jane joined the CEJ team in June. She has a paralegal degree and over 20 years’ experience working for a federal court and various law firms. She pursues her passion for horses on her 25-acre ranch in Geneva, Florida. She also loves the outdoors and being a nature photographer.
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
Amendment 1 – Florida’s Water and Land LegacyCongratulations to all who worked so hard in support of Amendment 1 on the November 2014 ballot, which passed with 75% of votes in favor. The measure will dedicate about $1 billion annually for conservation purposes.
CEJ Events & PresentationsThe Myth & Magic of Florida Springs
featuring Margaret Ross Tolbert and Rick Kilby
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
A Rights of Nature Approach for Springs Protection
Jane Goddard and Rob Williams
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum
Otter Springs, Trenton, FL
Building an Earth Democracy: Protecting the Rights of Mother Earth & Humanity
February 2-6, 2015
Doon Valley, Dehradun, India
Join Dr. Vandana Shiva, PhD, Dr. Mira Shiva, MD, and Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, JD for a residential workshop at Navdanya's Earth University to examine the Rights of Mother Earth, and the customs and laws that protect all inhabitants' rights of exist, regenerate, and thrive.
Contact: Dr. Vinod Bhatt - vinod (at) navdanya.net or Patricia Siemen - psiemen (at) barry.edu
Discover more at Navdanya.org.
Spring Field Trip
Saturday, April 25, 2015
October 31 - December 5, 2014
St. Augustine, FL
Poet Terri Witek and visual artist Cyriaco Lopes collaborate to create a soundscape performance that combines poems with photographs on fabric, physically and philosophically investigating their home waters. Visit the Flagler College website for more information.
Save the Date!
Public Interest Environmental Conference
February 12-14, 2015
Details coming soon!
Save the Date!
Environmental and Earth Law Summit
April 9, 2015
Barry University School of Law
Details coming soon!
Learning to See Naturally ~ Nature Journaling WorkshopsVisit our nature journaling blog, Learning to See Naturally, for poems, photos, stories and other nature-inspired creative works from our workshop participants.
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