- ABOUT US
- Rights of Springs
Patricia Siemen, O.P., J.D.
B.A., Siena Heights University
M.P.A., University of Texas, Austin
M.A., Holy Names College
J.D., Northeastern University
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
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 the archetypal relationships between human society and the natural world, and the use of interdisciplinary materials to supplement traditional legal learning methods. 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 has spoken on Earth jurisprudence concepts to various law school classes and to various environmental and professional organizations. For two years she co-chaired the Bar Study Scholarship committee of the Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers.
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.”
Traci L. Timmons, Esq.
Publications and Communications Associate
B.A., Literature, Florida State University
J.D., Barry University School of Law
Traci currently serves as CEJ’s Publications and Communications Associate. She attained a Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University in 2009, majoring in Literature and minoring in Political Philosophy. Most recently, Traci earned her Juris Doctorate from Barry University School of Law in 2012. She is a member of the Florida Bar.
While in law school, Traci served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Earth Jurisprudence and Environmental Justice Journal. Traci’s article, “Earth Jurisprudence and Lockean Theory: Rethinking the American Perception of Private Property,” was selected for publication during her first year on the journal staff.
With CEJ, Traci acts as the editor for CEJ publications, collecting, selecting and editing legal articles for publication and preparing student articles for posting on the CEJ website. Traci is also working with the CEJ team on an Earth Jurisprudence anthology which will be published in 2013.
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
Florida’s Water and Land LegacyCongratulations to all who worked so diligently and passionately to collect the signatures required to place dedicated funding for conservation land acquisition on the ballot in 2014. More than 960,000 voters signed in support of this measure! Learn more about this initiative at Florida's Water and Land Legacy.org.
CEJ Events & PresentationsMore coming soon!
Other EventsWater Blues/Green Solutions
St. Johns Riverkeeper & partners
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Locally premiering a new documentary film about communities working with nature to solve their water problems, followed by a panel discussion.
Learn more at StJohnsRiverkeeper.org.
Marion County Springs Festival
Florida Springs Institute & partners
Saturday, April 26, 2014
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Silver Springs State Park
Silver Springs, FL
Exhibits, vendors, music, food, kids programs and more, surrounded by Florida’s first attraction, the historic and magical Silver Springs.
Contact: (352) 236-7148
More info at FloridaSpringsInstitute.org.
Growing Native Annual Conference
Florida Native Plant Society
May 15-18, 2014
Florida Gulf Coast University
Ft. Myers, FL
Field trips, speakers, education, socials, and a plant sale, all featuring the intriguing world of native plants.
Find out more at FNPS.org.
River City EcoFest
River City Eco Foundation
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Outdoor Music/Eco Festival & River Race with workshops, clinics, outdoor recreation expo, a film festival, food, trucks and music.
Contact: (904) 502-7733
Get more info at RiverCityChallenge.org.
Finding the Fountains of Youth: Exploring the Myth of Florida’s Magical Waters
Ongoing through April 27, 2014
Rincon Gallery, South Florida Museum
Graphic designer Rick Kilby examines how Florida’s reputation for healing, restorative waters entered popular culture and created its tourist economy.
Contact: (941) 746-4131
Details at SouthFloridaMuseum.org.
Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth
Ongoing through May 30, 2014
Gallery for Innovation and the Arts
R.A. Gray Building
Photographer John Moran’s images from the past and present create a then-and-now narrative of Florida's springs.
Contact: (850) 245-6470
Discover more at SpringsEternalProject.org.
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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