- 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
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 Durocher, 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
Jane’s work at CEJ focuses on education and outreach to lawyers, students, policymakers, and the Central Florida community. She has taught Exploring Principles of Earth Jurisprudence, a seminar course, and Environmental Ethics: Foundations of Governance. She collaborates with CEJ staff and community members to create CEJ events, and is also primarily responsible for CEJ’s written materials, website content, social media outreach, and the Groundswell newsletter. Her present focus is on editing an Earth jurisprudence teaching anthology, a work in progress to be published in 2016. She also consults with the editors of the Barry University School of Law’s Environmental and Earth Law Journal.
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.
Jane earned a Master of Liberal Studies degree at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, and a law degree at Barry University School of Law, Orlando, Florida, graduating 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 has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2008 and serves on the Public Interest Committee of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section.
Jane is one of a handful of people who have kayaked the entire 310 miles of the St. Johns River; she is the only woman to complete the journey by through-paddle, from the headwaters near Vero Beach to the Atlantic Ocean at Mayport, east of Jacksonville, FL. She enjoys speaking to law school classes and environmental and professional organizations on Earth jurisprudence, the rights of nature, and her kayaking adventures.
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.”
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 discusses Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Sí, on News 13′s “In Depth” 10/9/15View video full screen on YouTube.
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
CEJ Events & PresentationsProtecting Our Common Home
A CEJ Webinar Series
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016: Highlights of Third International Tribunal on the Rights of Mother Earth and the December 2015 Paris Climate Summit
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016: Rights of Nature: What Are They?
Wednesday, March 16, 2016: Florida Constitutional Revision Committee and a "Community Rights" Amendment Protecting Human and Ecological Health
This web-based seminar series explores emergent legal systems and cultural themes and addresses the intrinsic rights of nature and the international Earth laws movement. Topics will include law and policy, ethics, principles of environmental sustainability, science, and spirituality.
For registration or further information, please e-mail Sr. Pat Siemen or call (321) 206-5779. Please RSVP at least 48 hours before each program. Directions for participation will be sent to you.
Other Events:~ More events 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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