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Environmental Law
  • 44th Annual Advanced ALI CLE Course of Study
    Cosponsored by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

    Includes Optional Introductory Lectures on Wednesday evening, February 5
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Available Online: Online CLE | MP3 Audio Files | Coursebook

Caplin and Drysdale Attorneys
Why You Should Attend


Now, in its 44th year, this highly-reputed CLE program on environmental law is the go-to course for environmental attorneys across the country who want to stay on the cutting edge. This thorough program has instruction for every level, with optional introductory lectures on the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and CERCLA, RCRA, and TSCA and advanced, in-depth discussions of the key issues in environmental law under the second Obama administration including legislative initiatives, regulatory changes, and recent judicial decisions. This year, the course gives new attention to the environmental issues in business and real estate, and the challenging issues in energy production.

 This comprehensive course will not only help you understand the “big picture,” but will also keep you abreast of recent key changes in environmental law that may affect your practice. Taught by a faculty of seasoned private practitioners, senior public officials from federal agencies, law professors, and other public interest advocates and with ample opportunities to network, this program will give you all the tools you need for a distinguished and successful environmental law practice.

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What You Will Learn


Expert faculty will explore updates and recent trends in:

CERCLA and hazardous waste

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

business, real estate, and the environment

citizen suits and the latest government enforcement initiatives

U.S. Supreme Court developments

NEPA and environmental justice

water resources, quality, and wetlands

global environmental agreements

ethical issues (one hour)

environmental regulation of energy

developments involving the Endangered Species Act and public lands

Time is reserved throughout the program for the faculty to address questions from the registrants.

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Who Should Attend

This accredited continuing legal education program will benefit private and governmental attorneys who are engaged in, or are planning to engage in, the practice of environmental law as well as environmental consultants.

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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

Edward A. (Ted) Boling, Deputy Solicitor - Parks & Wildlife, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

David O. Buchholz, Attorney-Adviser, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. 

W. Benjamin Fisherow, Chief, Environmenntal Enforcemement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washingtonl D.C.

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

Avi Garbow, General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

Gary S. Guzy, Deputy Director, Office of Environmental Quality, White House Council on Environmental Quality, 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 Advisor, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

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


From Non-Profits and Advocacy Organizations

Kitty Block, Vice President, The Humane Society of the United States, 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.

Vickie Patton, General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund, Boulder, Colorado


Law Professors

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

Robert V. Percival, Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law Program, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore


From the Private Sector

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

Kyle W. Danish, Van Ness Feldman LLP, Washington, D.C.

Fern Fleischer Daves, Assistant General Counsel, ITT Corporation, White Plains, New York

Albert M. Ferlo, Perkins Coie, Washington, D.C.

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

Jeffrey B. Gracer, Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C., New York

Ronald J. Hedges, Former United States Magistrate, Hackensack, New Jersey

K. Russell LaMotte, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Washington, D.C.

Peter Hsiao, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Los Angeles

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

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, Washington, D.C.

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



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Program Schedule

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

5:30 p.m. Early Registration

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

6:00 p.m. Introduction to the Clean Air Act  - Mr. Elliott

6:45 p.m. Introduction to the Clean Water Act - Ms. Flannery Keith

7:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

7:45 p.m. Introduction to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) --Mr. Stuhltrager

8:30 p.m. Adjournment for the Day


Thursday, February 6, 2014

7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:25 a.m. Administrative Remarks – ALI CLE Staff


8:30 a.m. Introductory Remarks and Course Overview

8:45 a.m. Environmental Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court -- Mr. Cruden and Professor Percival

9:30 a.m. CERCLA and RCRA Update -- Messrs. Fox, Hsiao, and Mugdan

10:45 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. Clean Air Act Developments and Climate Change -- Messrs. Danish, Elliott, and Guzy and Ms. Patton

12:15 p.m. Lunch Break



1:30 p.m. Challenging Environmental Issues in the Development and Production of Energy -- Messrs. Roisman and Traylor

2:30 p.m. TSCA Hot Topics -- Ms. Bergeson and Mr. Hsiao

3:15 p.m. Networking and Refreshment Break

3:30 p.m. Environmental Issues in Business and Real Estate Transactions -- Ms. Daves and Mr. Gracer

4:15 p.m. The Latest Enforcement Initiatives and Citizen Suits -- Messrs. Fisherow and Riesel

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


Friday, February 7, 2014

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


8:00 a.m. Ethical Issues Associated with the Use of Technology -- Ms. Esterman and Mr. Hedges

9:00 a.m. Keynote Address -- Mr. Garbow

9:45 a.m. Networking and Refeshment Break

10:00 a.m. Key Developments Concerning Water Resources and Water Quality -- Mss. Dunn and Robb

11:00 a.m  Wetlands: An Update -- Ms. Strand

11:45 a.m. New Challenges Concerning the Endangered Species Act and Public Lands -- Messrs. Boling and Liebesman

12:30 p.m. Lunch Break



1:45 p.m. Permitting and Environmental Review under NEPA and Environmental Justice Developments -- Messrs. Ferlo and Guzy and Ms. Ruhl

2:45 p.m. Global Environmental Agreements -- Ms. Block and Messrs. Buchholz and LaMotte

3:45 p.m. Adjournment


Total 60-minute hours of instruction: (including optional lectures): 15.5, 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:

“All presenters were excellent, without exception.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the program and was impressed by the stellar panels.” - Jeff Stravino

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! 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 was particularly pleased by the inclusion of Ms. Berlowe’s government attorney perspective. 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.

I appreciated the presenters who employed a more engaging approach, with one another and the attendees. It brought the topic more to life and fleshed out the kind of real-world situations attorneys find ourselves in.

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