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Environmental Law
  • 43rd Annual Advanced ALI CLE Course of Study

    Includes Optional Introductory Lectures on Wednesday evening Friday 6

    Cosponsored by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI)
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Why You Should Attend

Even if your practice is specialized, this comprehensive, advanced accredited course from ALI CLE provides you with a broad overview of all the latest developments arising in each of the major areas of environmental law, so that you not only have an understanding of the “big picture,” but also are on alert to changes in other intersecting facets of environmental law that may affect your law practice.

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What You Will Learn

The 43rd annual presentation of this advanced continuing legal education program, featuring over 15 hours of instruction, particularly looks at environmental law under the post-election administration including legislative initiatives, regulatory changes, and recent judicial decisions.


A series of optional introductory lectures on the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) on the Wednesday evening before the first full day of the course provides some grounding for newer attorneys and a refresher for more experienced attorneys. This course continues to offer a unique opportunity for environmental lawyers to learn about important new developments in the field. This year, the course gives special attention to the process of setting environmental standards – how clean does clean have to be? – as well as the environmental regulation of energy featuring hydraulic fracturing, electricity, and nuclear power.


In addition to more advanced presentations on the subjects covered during the introductory lectures, a faculty composed of seasoned private practitioners, senior public officials from federal and state agencies, law professors, and other public interest advocates brings you up-to-date on:


CERCLA and hazardous waste

Air and climate change in the courts and state and federal administrations

Environmental standards

Congressional and U.S. Supreme Court developments

NEPA and environmental justice

Water resources, quality, and wetlands

International environmental compliance and global supply chains

One hour of CLE ethics credits

Environmental regulation of energy

Developments involving the Endangered Species Act and public lands


A reception on Thursday evening provides registrants with additional opportunities to network with the faculty and other registrants. Time is reserved throughout the program for the faculty to address questions from the registrants

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Who Should Attend

Experienced private and governmental attorneys, as well as environmental consultants, who are engaged in, or are planning to engage in, the practice of environmental law should take this accredited continuing legal education program from ALI CLE.


Additionally, the course also serves legal professionals seeking to enter the field, in part through the series of optional introductory lectures.

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Planning Chairs

Pamela R. Esterman, Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C., New York (also on faculty)

Daniel Riesel, Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C., New York (also on faculty)

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From the Government

Steve Black, Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Robert G. Dreher, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

W. Benjamin Fisherow, Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

Erin Flannery, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

Randolph L. Hill, Acting Office Director, Office of Wastewater Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

Walter E. Mugdan, Director, Emergency and Remedial Response Division, Region 2, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York

B. Suzi Ruhl, Senior Attorney Policy Advisor, Office of  Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

Steven C. Russo, Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany

Lemuel Srolovic, Chief of Environmental Section, New York State Attorney General’s Office, New York

James Stuhltrager, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency – Environmental Law Division, Fort Belvoir, Virginia


From Non-Profits and Advocacy Organizations

 Megan Ceronsky, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, D.C.

John C. Cruden, President, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Executive Director and General Counsel, Association of Clean Water Administrators, Washington, D.C.


Law Professors

Kim D. Connolly, Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, and Vice Dean for Legal Skills, SUNY Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York

E. Donald Elliott, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut

Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, New York

Lisa Heinzerling, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Richard J. Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts


From the Private Sector

Lynn L. Bergeson, Bergeson & Campbell P.C., Washington, D.C.

Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

Robert D. Fox, Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

Paul E. Hagen, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Washington, D.C.

Peter Hsiao, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Los Angeles

David G. Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs, Semiconductor Industry Association, Washington, D.C.

Rae Ann S. Johnson, Manufacturers’ Alliance/MAPI, Arlington, Virginia

Suedeen G. Kelly, Akin Gump,  former FERC Commissioner, Washington, D.C.

Lawrence R. Liebesman, Holland & Knight, Washington, D.C.

Neal McAliley, White & Case LLP, Miami

Kathy Robb, Hunton & Williams LLP, New York 

Anthony Z. Roisman, National Legal Scholars Law Firm, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Margaret N. Strand, Venable LLP, Washington, D.C.

Patrick D. Traylor, Hogan Lovells US, LLP, Washington, D.C.


Additional faculty to be confirmed

ALI CLE Program Attorney: Kevin J. O’Connor (koconnor@ali-cle.org)

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Program Schedule

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

5:30 p.m. Early Registration

VIDEO WEBCAST SEGMENT A: Optional Introductory Lectures on the Foundations of Environmental Law $299

6:00 p.m. The Clean Air ActMr. Traylor

6:45 p.m. The Clean Water Act Ms. Flannery

7:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

7:45 p.m. CERCLA, RCRA, and TSCAMr. Stuhltrager

8:30 p.m. Adjournment for the Day


Thursday, February 7, 2013

8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Administrative Remarks – ALI CLE Staff


8:50 a.m. Introductory Remarks and Course Overview Ms. Esterman and Mr. Riesel

9:00 a.m. Environmental Law in the Post-Election Administration Mr. Cruden and Ms. Eilperin

9:45 a.m. Regulation of Air and Climate Change UpdateProfessors Elliott and Heinzerling and Ms. Cheronsky

11:00a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

11:15 a.m. CERCLA and RCRA Trends Messrs. Fox, Mugdan, and Riesel

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break



1:45 p.m.Developments involving Public Lands and the Endangered Species Act Messrs. Black and Liebesman

2:45 p.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

3:00 p.m. New Guidance on the Regulation of Wetlands Mr. McAliley and Ms. Strand

4:00 p.m.  Environmental Regulation of Energy Professor Gerrard and Mr. Roisman and Ms. Kelly

5:00 p.m. Adjournment for the Day; Networking Reception for Registrants and Faculty


Friday, February 8, 2013

7:30 a.m. Networking Session and Continental Breakfast


8:00 a.m. Ethical and Professional Responsibility Issues for Environmental Practitioners Professor Connolly and Ms. Esterman

9:00 a.m. Environmental Standards Ms. Bergeson and Mr. Hsiao

10:00 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

10:15 a.m. Key Developments Concerning Water Resources and Quality Mss. Dunn and Robb and Mr. Hill

11:30 a.m. U.S. Supreme Court Round-UpProfessor Lazarus

12:15 p.m. Lunch Break



1:30 p.m. Permitting and Review under the National Environmental Policy Act and Environmental Justice - Messrs. Dreher and Russo and Ms. Ruhl

2:30 p.m. Environmental Enforcement -- Civil and Criminal Messrs. Fisherow and Srolovic

3:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

3:45 p.m. International Environmental Law and Global Supply Chains Messrs. Hagen and Isaacs and Ms. Johnson

5:00 p.m. Adjournment

Total 60-minute hours of instruction: (including optional lectures): 15.75, including one hour of ethics

Suggested Prerequisite: Limited experience in legal practice in subject matter or completion of Basic CLE Course in subject matter

Educational Objective: Acquisition of knowledge and skills to develop proficiency as a practitioner; maintenance of professional competence as a practitioner; provision of information on recent legal developments

Level of Instruction: Advanced

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Here's what registrants have said about this course:

Kudos from the 2013 presentation:

I learned a great deal and the caliber of presenters and experts was extremely high.

Good program - provided expected updates and information.

Kudos from previous presentations:


I really enjoyed the course – very informative and helpful.

Excellent program! Best environmental law course. Faculty was excellent.

Great overview of the environmental regulations and a great discussion about upcoming Supreme Court cases.

I enjoyed this program immensely! The speakers had a wide variety of backgrounds; they were extremely knowledgeable; and they were very approachable. It was a pleasure to attend, and I hope to do so again next year! Thank you! – Ilona E. Coyle

All presentations were excellent. Enjoyed the dynamic panel conversation on CWA very much. Thank you for an excellent environmental program!

Excellent course! Bravo ALI-ABA. Another year – Another excellent program!

Great course. Excellent refresher/update. This CLE is by far the most relevant course (to my daily practice) that I have ever taken. The breadth of issues was appreciated. I appreciated the ethics portion. I hope to attend again in the future.

I had little experience with or awareness of the major issues and trends in environmental law. This course definitely changed that. The optional, background lectures on Wednesday night were very helpful, and the subject matter of the course, although advanced, was easier to understand as a result. I enjoyed the course and found it helpful.

Course is properly aimed at advanced practitioners. The agenda and speakers provided an appropriately focused series of legal updates. The pace and context were well-designed and well-managed. Thanks for all the work. Great to have student scholarship attendees – sparks all the right talent in a crucial area of law.

Quality of presentation and written materials overall best, or close to it, of any environmental law conference I have attended.


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