February 9, 2017 - February 10, 2017

Please see the conference website for a full agenda/speaker information.

Why You Should Attend

Don’t miss your opportunity to stay current in this ever-changing area of law! In just two days, balanced panels explore the key developments in our natural resources, climate, chemicals, and endangered species, as well as what’s ahead from the Supreme Court and a new administration and Congress.

The first national program of its kind, this course has become the place for lawyers and environmental professionals from across the country to come together to explore the latest developments and emerging trends in the field of environmental law. This year, on the heels of a new administration, don’t miss your change to get insights on what we can expect for the next four years!

What You Will Learn

Expand your understanding of the "big picture" and be on alert for the changes in the many interconnecting facets of environmental law that may affect your practice and your clients. 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 provide context on their intersections.

Featuring a national faculty of seasoned private practitioners, senior governmental officials, in-house counsel, law professors, and public interest advocates, this year’s program will provide insights and update you on:

  • Expectations for a new administration and a new Congress
  • Supreme Court cases granted review in the coming term
  • Significant recent CERCLA litigation and regulation
  • Clean Power Plan litigation/implementation
  • New TSCA legislative requirements
  • New state rules concerning groundwater
  • Mitigation banking
  • CEQ final guidance on consideration of climate change in environmental reviews
  • SEC disclosure requirement for contingent environmental liabilities
  • Wildlife trafficking

Get the updates you need, network with colleagues and speakers from across the country, and have your most pressing questions answered by a diverse and experienced faculty.

Who Should Attend

This course benefits private and governmental attorneys who are engaged in the practice of environmental law as well as environmental consultants, in-house attorneys, and public interest attorneys.

February 9, 2017

An ELI Public Seminar

There is a strong global movement to combat wildlife trafficking and protect endangered species from overexploitation and the United States is taking its international obligations and commitments seriously. In 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13648, recognizing wildlife trafficking as an “international crisis that continues to escalate.”  Whistleblowers play a crucial role in prosecuting wildlife traffickers. However, the majority of potential whistleblowers, in any situation, never come forward. Congress addressed this issue by creating whistleblower reward laws, the successes of which have been profound, strengthening the ability of the government to detect and prosecute crime. In total, whistleblower rewards laws have resulted in over $50 billion in fines and penalties and over $3.5 billion in compensation to whistleblowers. Both the Lacey Act and Endangered Species Act include language providing monetary incentives to persons who disclose information about wildlife crimes, but these provisions have not been effectively implemented.

In this seminar, experts explored how whistleblowers around the world can report wildlife crime and receive monetary awards under U.S. laws like the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts.

Learn about the National Whistleblower Center’s work to combat wildlife trafficking at www.whistleblowers.org/wildlife.

Crawford Allan, Senior Director – Wildlife Crime, TRAFFIC, World Wildlife Fund
Stephen M. Kohn, Co-founder & Executive Director, National Whistleblower Center
Alexander "Sascha" von Bismarck, Executive Director, Environmental Investigation Agency

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