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March 30, 2017


PHILADELPHIA, March 30, 2017.  American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) has announced that Environmental Litigation: Navigating Complex Hazardous Substances and Toxic Tort Cases Under CERCLA, RCRA, and Common Law will be held on June 22-23, 2017, in Washington, DC. This course will concentrate on litigating cases that specifically involve hazardous substances or toxic tort violations, and what changes environmental litigators can expect under the Trump administration.

The Environmental Litigation conference will feature a faculty comprised of experienced practitioners from both sides of the bar, government attorneys, sitting and former federal magistrate judges, and environmental and scientific experts. The nationally-based faculty will offer insights and tips for developing effective case strategies from commencement to trial.   

In addition to a collegial classroom setting, the program will include a unique mix of presentations, panel discussions, and demonstrations by the faculty, such as a trial simulation with a direct and cross-examination of an expert. Presenters will cover best practices for avoiding common litigation problems as well as a judge’s perspective on the arguments and issues. There will be several networking opportunities to connect with the faculty and other attendees.


There will be a number of current topics addressed, such as:

·       The effect of the Trump administration on environmental enforcement and litigation, such as shifting more responsibility to the states

·       State-initiated and citizen suit litigation: the new "enforcement" mechanisms?

·       Spoliation of physical evidence or ESI under amended Rule 37(e)

·       How and when to make a Daubert motion to exclude an expert

·       The use of jury advisors, mock juries, and similar techniques

·       Mastering the complex CERCLA case

·       Consent orders, voluntary clean up agreements, and contribution protection

·       Natural resources damages assessments

“This program is a must for lawyers who litigate, or want to litigate, environmental law – whether from the perspective of government, private practice, in-house counsel or NGOs,” said planning co-chair Daniel Riesel of Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C. in New York. “It offers a unique blend of judges and experienced practitioners from different practice areas distilling important practice issues and strategies. The program is a remarkable learning experience for environmental litigators.”


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