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Understanding a New Era of Environmental Criminal Enforcement (ELI Master Class)


May 14, 2021
12:00 pm - 3:15 pm


Webinar only


This event is open to the public but registration/payment is required by MAY 12. Registration fees: ELI members $50-$75; non-members $100-$125.
If you are unsure if you are an ELI member, contact events@eli.org PRIOR to registering (or go HERE to join).

  • Please REGISTER HERE. Webinar information will be emailed one business day prior to the event. If you are unsure if you can access the webinar via the GoToMeeting platform, please go HERE to view system requirements prior to registering.
  • ELI is an accredited CLE provider in Pennsylvania and Vermont and is therefore approved in those jurisdictions. Several states have reciprocity with the aforementioned; please check to see if your jurisdiction has reciprocity eligibility before requesting CLE on the registration form. You must request CLE when you register and by any deadlines given. Please READ the CLE information at the bottom of this page for your participation requirements.

  • Any cancellations after the registration deadline will be subject to a $35 charge. See ELI's Event Policies and CLE Financial Hardship Policy.
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An ELI and King & Spalding Co-Sponsored Master Class

Environmental crimes constitute a wide array of illegal activity that harm the environment, including the violation of key statutes, such as the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Clean Air Act (CAA). The enforcement of environmental criminal law decreased significantly in the final year of the Trump administration, with enforcement at the lowest number of prosecutions in 30 years. With the Biden administration’s shifted focus towards environmental justice and climate action, this Master Class will explore how current federal priorities may impact the federal prosecution of environmental crimes.


12:00 - 1:30 PM

Panel 1: Defining & Re-aligning Enforcement Priorities will examine what President Biden’s stated priorities of environmental justice and climate change mean for defining enforcement priorities and aligning overarching environmental goals across federal agencies. Will the number of enforcement cases for individual criminal liability and corporate wrongdoing increase? Should heightened coordination from federal agencies on environmental enforcement matters be anticipated? Leading experts will explore these questions and more.

Sally Yates
, Partner, King & Spalding and former Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice, Moderator
Craig Johnston, Professor of Law, Lewis and Clark School of Law
Pam Mazakas, Deputy Director, Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics, and Training, Environmental Protection Agency
Paul Murphy, Partner, King & Spalding and former Chief of Staff, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

1:30 - 1:45 PM


1:45 - 3:15 PM

Panel 2: Enforcement Beyond Borders will explore the potential of an increase in coordination between U.S. and foreign governments on environmental enforcement proceedings and what the implications of this could mean for international companies operating under a multitude of environmental regimes.

Granta Nakayama
, Partner, King & Spalding, Moderator
Davis Jones, Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute, and former Acting Director, International Compliance Assurance Division, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Linda Malone, Marshall-Wythe Foundation Professor of Law, Founding Director, Human Security Law Center, College of William and Mary School of Law
William J. Sauers, Partner, King & Spalding

ELI members will have access to materials/a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.


Webinar CLE Attendees (you must have selected CLE info when you registered):

  • When watching the webinar you will need to have the webinar at the forefront of your computer screen as GoTo webinar software will be tracking attentiveness and creating an attentiveness report.
  • You will need to be watching the webinar for a majority of the time to receive CLE Credit.
  • We will email you the CLE information and certification within one week of the event.