March 14, 2017

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Geosyntec and LMU Law School Host Symposium on Recent Wildfires

Julia Caprio and Duane Graves (Tennessee) will present at a symposium entitled "Fire in the Smokies, Rising from the Ashes" hosted by Lincoln Memorial University's Duncan School of Law and Geosyntec Consultants at the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Law in downtown Knoxville from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 16, 2017.

The symposium will address legal matters, problems, concerns, and questions that the community is dealing with while trying to rebuild. The symposium was put together as a result of the wild fires that spread throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg back in November of 2016. One of the desired goals is to examine the devastating effects of the wildfires.  

The list of speakers invited speakers includes: 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 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.

Julia Caprio is a Principal Engineer based in Tennessee with more than 25 years of experience focused on the environmental engineering sector. During the past decade, she has built a niche practice for Geosyntec focused on data validation services and quality management. Julia specializes in project quality management, the preparation and review of quality assurance project plans (QAPPs), and the development of quality assurance management plans (QMPs). She also conducts data verification, data evaluation, data validation, and QA audits, including laboratory and on-site field audits.

Duane Graves is a Senior Principal Scientist based in Tennessee with more than 30 years of experience focused on environmental biotechnology; environmental forensics; in situ groundwater, soil, and sediment remediation; evaluation of airborne biological contaminants; and remediation of groundwater in karst formations. He specializes in the development, selection, feasibility evaluation, design, and deployment of remedial solutions for hazardous, radioactive, and mixed-waste, contaminated soil, sediment, and groundwater; odor and biological agents investigation and mitigation; environmental forensics; and environmental biotechnology. His project involvement includes the development of technical approaches, hazardous waste treatability studies, remedial investigations and feasibility studies (RI/FS), corrective measures studies (CMS), corrective action plans, remedial designs, and interpretation and reporting of data to regulatory agencies, clients, and the public.

The agenda for the symposium is as follows:

  • A continental breakfast and registration at 8:30 a.m.
  • Speakers presentations
  • Lunch
  • Speakers presentations
  • Panel discussion
  • Limited question and answer session

Registration is $35 and includes breakfast and lunch.
Four hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit is available for attorneys.

More Information

For more information regarding the event and registration Contact April Hurley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For more information regarding the event, visit: Symposium on Recent Wildfires
For more information on environmental compliance, contact Julia Caprio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Duane Graves at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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