June 12, 2018

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 brown-bag lunch seminars taught by experts in their fields, introducing the audience to the major environmental statutes (including NEPA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, TSCA, RCRA, and CERCLA) and land use law. Faculty will also incorporate major regulatory and judicial updates to the laws.

Who will benefit: All are welcome. Students and emerging professionals will have unique opportunities to learn, hear updates, ask questions, and network. The series is intended for:

  • undergraduates,
  • law students and graduate students, and
  • working professionals new to or looking for a refresher course in environmental law (such as interns, summer clerks, and associates, or second-career professionals).

NEPA, ESA & Fundamentals of Environmental Law

The oldest major environmental statutes that we know today have existed for more than 40 years. This session served as an introduction to the framework of environmental law and also highlighted two major statutes:

  • the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), known as the "Magna Carta" of environmental law, and
  • the Endangered Species Act (ESA), known as the “pit bull” of environmental law.

The Trump Administration has proposed to potentially rewrite the Council on Environmental Quality guidance in order to cut the average permitting process from three to five years, to two years or less to aid in the President’s infrastructure plan. The legal community sees this as a challenge since shortening the time of permits could open a floodgate of lawsuits and legal challenges that could be prevented through the timeframe and planning.

The Department of Interior has proposed the removal of Blanket Section 4(d) Rule within the Endangered Species Act, which would take away the protection of over 300 animal and plant species that are not under their purview “endangered enough.” This move could foster increased potential activity for companies to operate on wildlife habitats.

This course highlighted how modern environmental law has evolved and discussed ways it is meeting today’s challenges.

Nikki Adame-Winningham
, Corporate Counsel, Environmental Law Group – Legal Division, Pfizer Inc.
Jane Davenport
, Senior Staff Attorney, Defenders of Wildlife
Margaret Hill
, Partner & Co-Chair, Energy, Environment & Mass Torts Practice Group, Blank Rome LLP

Nikki Adame-Winningham presentation (NEPA)
Jane Davenport presentation (ESA)

Margaret Hill presentation (Fundamentals)

**See the entire Summer School 2018 schedule HERE.**

June 12, 2018

This program was sponsored by the Civil & Criminal Enforcement Committee of the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community. Cosponsored by the Administrative Law and Agency Practice Community; Environmental Law Institute and ABA Section on Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources.

This program featured top government officials and private practitioners who discussed recent developments in the Trump Administration’s criminal environmental enforcement program including agency staffing, enforcement priorities, cooperative federalism and new policies on settlement payments to third parties and use of agency guidance documents. The panelists also examined EPA’s 2017 year-end statistics on environmental crimes prosecutions and discuss trends in EPA’s and DOJ’s enforcement of air, water and land disposal regulations.

Deborah Harris
, Chief, Environmental Crimes Section, U.S. Department of Justice
Stacey Mitchell, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Jessica Taylor, Director, Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. EPA
Bruce Pasfield, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP (Moderator)

June 12, 2018

Please join us for a reception celebrating the
2018 Environmental Law Fellowship Program Recipients
Sponsored by the Environmental Law Section, California Lawyers Association


 Co-sponsored by:
American Bar Association Sections of  Civil Rights and Social Justice and Environment, Energy, and Resources
Environmental Law Institute


With remarks by:
Arsenio Mataka, Special Assistant to Attorney General Zavier Becerra at the California Department of Justice


Gracious additional support was made by the following organizations:
Paul Hastings LLP
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Downey Brand LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Beveridge & Diamond PC
Holland & Knight LLP