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Who We Are

The PIEC is a student-run conference that wouldn’t be possible without the Executive Board, the Student Panel Assistants, and our Faculty Advisors!

Executive Board

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Lucien Johnson

Co-Chair

jamesljohnson@ufl.edu

Year: 2L

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Undergraduate: University of Florida

Lucien graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a degree in Business Management and minors in Spanish and Sustainability Studies. He is a 2018 JD candidate and Treasurer of the Environmental and Land Use Law Society at UF Law, and also served as a Student Panel Assistant for the 2016 PIEC. After graduation, Lucien hopes to work at a firm in Central Florida and focus on property, land use law, and related fields.

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Zachary Brown

Co-Chair

zachbrown@ufl.edu

Year: 2L

Hometown: St. Augustine, FL

Undergraduate: University of Florida

Zachary graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a double major in political science and history.  He has a passion for his hometown, St. Augustine, where he is concerned with land use and development of beach and water front property.  Last summer he worked at a small litigation firm in St. Augustine and once he graduates from UF Law, he aims to find a firm in Northeast Florida, which specializes in environmental and land use litigation.

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Josh Rieger

Logistics Chair

Rieger.joshua92@ufl.edu

Year: 2L

Hometown: Coral Springs, FL

Undergraduate: University of Florida

Before Josh acted as Logistics Chair, he previously served the PIEC as a Student Panel Assistant. Josh is also a research assistant to Professor Amy Stein, who focuses on the intersection of environmental and energy law, and an Articles Editor for the Florida Law Review.

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Jamie Woods

Registration Chair

Year: 2L

Hometown: Pensacola, Florida

Undergraduate: University of Florida

James is a 2L at University of Florida Levin College of Law. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 as a history major, and looks forward to becoming a “Double Gator”. He has a passion for the outdoors, and enjoys herpetology. His primary legal interests are real property law, land use and environmental law.

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Samantha Ceres

Publicity C0-Chair

sceres21@ufl.edu

Year: 2L

Hometown: Miami

Undergraduate: University of Central Florida

Sam has a passion for the environment and environmental science. This past summer Sam was a legal intern at an environmental non-profit, Debris Free Oceans. Last year she was a Student Panel Assistant and looks forward to being part of such an amazing conference. She enjoys running, kayaking, listening to jazz.

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Amanda Kincaid

Publicity Co-Chair

akincaid@ufl.edu

Year: 3L

Hometown: Panama City, FL

Undergraduate: Florida State University

Amanda graduated from FSU in 2013 with degrees in English and Italian.  She took a gap year to hike and has hoped to make a career in preservation ever since.  She worked with Kennedy Space Center after her 1L year and is currently working pro bono for the Florida Trail Association.

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Jessica Fernandez

Finance Chair

jessicaferdz@ufl.edu

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Hometown: Miami, FL

Undergraduate: University of Florida

Jessica is a 2L at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She is a soon to be “Triple Gator” with a bachelor’s degree in Food and Resource Economics, and a master’s degree in Agricultural Communications and Education. Jessica continues to conduct research with various faculty members from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences|IFAS and is a member of the Florida Law Review.

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Andrea Szabo

Fundraising Co-Chair

Amszabo3@gmail.com

Year: 2L

Hometown: Budapest, Hungary

Undergraduate: University of Florida

Andrea is a joint-degree student with the School of Natural Resources & Ecology. She enjoys being a student panel assistant and is excited to be on the E-Board again. Last summer she worked on a project to address jaguar poaching in Costa Rica and was also a legal intern for the EPC of Hillsborough County. She’s worked as an RA for Professor Angelo on conservation-dependent species within the ESA framework. She has an interest in the intersection of culture on landscape – particularly Native American rights. Andrea loves folk music, is an avid dog-lover, amateur ornithologist, and serves as this year’s Law Yoga Club secretary.

2016 PIEC Registration Chair Michael Marquet

Michael Marquet

Fundraising Co-Chair

Year: 3L

Hometown: Reston, VA

Undergraduate: College of the Holy Cross

Michael is a 2017 JD candidate seeking an Environmental and Land Use Law Certificate. He was a Student Panel Assistant for PIEC 2015 and Registration Chair for PIEC 2016. Michael interned at the U.S. EPA during the last two summers. He enjoys hiking, swimming and law conferences.

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