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Environmental Law 2020


February 6, 2020 - February 7, 2020


Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle, NW

Washington, DC (and via webcast)


For more information and/or to register, go the ALI CLE course website HERE.

  • ELI members should contact mcmurrin@eli.org for a coupon code for a $250 discount on their in-person or full webcast registration (not valid in combination with any other offers/discounts).
  • Register for the in-person course at full price and the second registrant for this course saves 40%. (Valid on new registrations only; discounts may not be combined.)
  • Scholarships are available for judges, judicial law clerks, law professors, law students, attorneys 65 or older, law librarians, attorneys who work for nonprofit organizations or legal services organizations, unemployed attorneys and attorneys in private practice who seek to learn skills that will assist them in pro bono activities or are in need. You must complete the online application to apply for assistance--pay particular note to deadlines for applications.
  • Attorneys licensed for five years or less, or who are full-time employees of federal, state, or local governments qualify for an automatic tuition reduction of 30%. A limited number of full scholarships are available for these attorneys, but an application is required.
  • PRESS requests should be addressed to Susan Bunting, SBunting@ali-cle.org or Jamie Nolan, JNolan@ali-cle.org
  • Questions may be addressed to ALI customer service at 800-253-6397 or custserv@ali-cle.org.

This conference is cosponsored by ALI CLE and the Environmental Law Institute.

Environmental Law Conference: 50th Year Anniversary Presentation

Why You Should Attend

One year after the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) was signed into law, the first national CLE focusing on “all phases of the law regulating the use and preservation of natural resources” debuted in Washington, D.C. We provided this information at a time when law schools were not teaching the topic and many lawyers hadn’t heard of it. Now, five decades later, after environmental law has enjoyed its rise to ubiquity, we are still at it: helping lawyers understand the key current environmental law issues that their clients need them to know.

At this signature conference, you'll explore the latest developments in natural resources, climate, chemical, and endangered species law, as well as what’s to come from the Supreme Court and under the current administration and Congress. Together we’ll take a look back and ahead – not only to examine the latest issues, but also to see how far we’ve come and what challenges remain.

What You Will Learn

Expand your understanding of the "big picture" and be on alert for the changes underway today and in the future. Even if your practice is specialized, this high-level program will brief you on the key issues arising in each of the major areas of environmental law and their intersections. A national faculty of seasoned private practitioners, senior governmental officials,  law professors, and public interest advocates, will keep you current and alert you to changes in the many facets of environmental law affecting your practice and your clients. In addition to two keynote addresses, this year’s topics include:

  • Significant recent CERCLA litigation and regulatory developments
  • Clean air enforcement trends
  • PFAS, PFOA, and other emerging contaminants
  • Legislative developments relating to climate change
  • Supreme Court update
  • Water quality and wetlands
  • The energy/environment law interrelationship
  • Due diligence and disclosure
  • Endangered Species Act rule changes
  • Status of NEPA reforms