Session 2: NEPA, ESA and the Fundamentals of Environmental Law (ELI Summer School, 2024)

June 11, 2024 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
Webinar Only

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

    • Webinar information will be emailed upon registration.
    • Please register by June 10.
    • If you are unsure if you can access the webinar via the Zoom platform, please check your system requirements. If you are unable to participate via the Zoom platform, you may join in listen-only mode using a telephone.
  • There is no in-person option for this session.
  • The event will begin at 12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 AM Central, 10:00 AM Mountain, 9:00 AM Pacific), and runs for 2 hours.
  • There is no CLE for this course.
  • Please note that a recording of this event will be publicly posted on this page. Those who are unable to attend live will be able to view a recording of the event on this page (usually posted within 2-3 business days). No registration is required in order to view the recording.
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Each summer, ELI convenes a complimentary seminar series that offers an introduction to the legal and policy foundations of environmental protection in the United States. ELI's Summer School is a series of seminars taught by experts in their fields, introducing the audience to important areas of environmental law. Faculty will also incorporate major regulatory and judicial updates to the laws.

NEPA, ESA and the Fundamentals of Environmental Law 

The oldest major environmental statutes in the United States have existed for over five decades. This session serves as an introduction to the framework of environmental law and highlights two of its major foundational statutes: the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

NEPA was enacted to establish a national policy and means for carrying out protective environmental principles. It requires federal agencies to assess the environmental and related social and economic effects of proposed actions before making decisions. NEPA also established the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to coordinate federal environmental efforts and work with other agencies on environmental policies and initiatives.

ESA is the principal law for the protection of endangered species. Administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, the statute protects and recovers imperiled species deemed either “endangered” or “threatened” and the ecosystems on which they depend.

Join our expert panelists for an introduction into environmental law and an overview of these two statutes. We will also discuss new developments related to the statutes —such as CEQ’s proposed “Phase 2” revisions to NEPA, congressional permitting reform through the Fiscal Responsibility Act, and recent ESA regulation revisions—and what may be on the horizon later this year.


  • Melinda L. Meade Meyers, Of Counsel, Van Ness Feldman, Moderator
  • Rebecca Hays Barho, Partner, Nossaman 
  • Jamie Pleune, Associate Professor of Law (Research), University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • Katherine Renshaw, Section Chief, Office of General Counsel, Environmental Review and Coordination 
    Section, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Materials will be posted as they are received.
A recording of this session will be posted to this page, usually within three business days of the live event.

**Check out the entire Summer School 2024 schedule.**