ELI Skills Seminar: Making the Most of Agency Requests for Comments
December 10, 2013, 12:00 PM
to 2:15 PM
(Speaking will begin promptly at 12:00
There is a $119 registration fee ($69 for all ELI members and government/public interest group employees) for this course. Please note that reservations and payments must be received by the dates below (for CLE) or by December 6th (if not requesting CLE).
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CLE is available for participation. Please review the CLE information provided below prior to registering.
ELI Skills Seminar: CLE Credit Available
This online workshop will train attorneys and environmental professionals to further advocate for their clients by writing effective comments on agency rulemakings and guidance. While the workshop will use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a model, faculty will show how skills acquired for the EPA are useful for submitting comments to a variety of federal, state, and local government bodies on everything from environmental impact statements to legislative bills.
Myriad entities have a stake in how the written documents implementing environmental laws are worded. Companies, organizations, and individuals can all influence how draft regulations, policies, programs, plans, studies, reports, and permits are worded by taking advantage of commenting periods and calls for comments on drafts. Join this workshop to learn best practices for how to most effectively argue your clients’ position before environmental agencies through written comments.
This session’s faculty have decades of experience in the federal government, NGOs and private practice to share a balance of perspectives on vital issues such as how agencies process and "hear" comments; how to manage clients’ expectations about commenting; and how practitioners can best work with agencies to achieve the desired results.
Skills You Will Learn
- Steps to take to plan, research and strategize when preparing comments.
- How to organize your comments, what to say in them, and how to say it.
- How to work with agencies and follow-up once your comments have been submitted.
- Legal issues around public commenting on agency documents.
Grant B. MacIntyre, Associate, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Elizabeth D. Mullin, former Executive Director, Rock Creek Conservancy
Suggested Further Reading
The Art of Commenting
CLE INFORMATION: READ CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING
ELI will request pre-approval for online Continuing Legal Education accreditation from California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. ELI will request pre-approval from other jurisdictions if we receive your complete registration by the following deadlines. ELI will not apply to: Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, or South Dakota.
Registration for CLE credit for jurisdictions in addition to those noted above has the following deadlines:
Registration due Wednesday, October 23, 2013 for: Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia
Registration due Thursday, October 31, 2013 for: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
Registration due Wednesday, December 6, 2013 for: Colorado and Tennessee
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