May 16, 2019

ELI is hosting a series of webinars on the policy, practice, and science of stream compensatory mitigation. Webinar topics are based on the findings and recommendations of the 2017 report Stream Mitigation: Science, Policy, and Practice and selected in coordination with an Advisory Committee of stream mitigation experts. The series will cover a range of issues from assessing stream functions and conditions to restoration approaches and long-term success of compensation projects. This ten-part series is funded by an EPA Wetland Program Development Grant.

Stream Compensatory Mitigation Webinar Series: Long-Term Performance of Stream Compensatory Mitigation

Few studies have evaluated the long-term performance of stream compensatory mitigation or restoration projects. Thus, little is known about the performance of these sites following the required monitoring phase. This webinar examined approaches to evaluating the performance of stream restoration projects and compensatory mitigation programs over the long term. Presentations included a discussion of a proposed framework for combining site-specific and regional evaluations to improve the ability of states to report on the administrative and ecological success of their compensatory mitigation programs at achieving stated goals and desired objectives, using monitoring data from North Carolina’s ILF program to optimize monitoring plans by determining the likelihood of reliable change detection in mitigation timeframes, and lessons learned from studies of the performance of stream restoration projects in Colorado. 

Greg Melia, Division of Mitigation Services, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
Eric Stein, Principal Scientist - Biology Department, S. Ca. Coastal Water Research Project
Matt Kondratieff, Aquatic Research Scientist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Greg Melia Presentation
Eric Stein Presentation

Matt Kondratieff Presentation

Additional Information/Resources:
Visit ELI's resource page, The State of Stream Compensatory Mitigation: Science, Policy, and Practice

May 16, 2019

An ELI Signature Master Class

The Environmental Law Institute’s signature Master Class provided in-depth insight and technical perspective to participants from prominent environmental professionals. In Just Good Business, expert panelists representing private practice, government, and corporate backgrounds explored methods for becoming more effective and responsible players in the environmental field, while also maintaining optimal performance.


2:00 - 2:15 PM

Opening Remarks

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Panel 1:  Mitigating Environmental Responsibility

Leading panelists will focus on how corporations can stay ahead of the curve when it comes to environmental liability. Corporations can implement numerous practices in order to reduce the risk of enforcement actions and manage environmental liability. Panelists will analyze opportunities for minimizing a company’s exposure to environmental enforcement and crisis events, including creating and implementing effective compliance management plans, auditing, self-disclosure, record-keeping, reporting, and preparedness for inspections. 

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Panel 2:  Congressional Investigations

Panelists will dive into investigative topics including the mitigation of climate change-related liability and lessened environmental enforcement, how congressional investigations operate and impact companies, and the scope of Congress’ authority in conducting congressional investigations. Leading experts will examine how companies have tackled an uptick in congressional investigations, best preparation practices for attorneys and companies, and best management practices during congressional investigations and potential amplified attention.

  • Raphael Adam Prober, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Moderator
  • Karen Christian, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and former General Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Committee, Energy and Commerce, Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
  • Kristina Moore, Managing Director, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Panel 3:  Responding to Environmental Inspection and Enforcement Actions

This panel will explore ways corporations can implement effective responses when faced with environmental enforcement actions. Expert panelists will delve into opportunities to ensure compliance with regulatory authorities, pursuing the best outcomes in response to inspection and enforcement actions, managing the phases of an investigation, including document preservation, document collection for requests and subpoenas, witness preparation, and more. Additionally, panelists will address issues of attorney-client privilege, attorney work product protections, and best practices when preparing for meetings with government enforcement officials.

  • Stacey H. Mitchell, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and former Deputy General Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Moderator
  • William Donohue, Associate General Counsel, Environmental, Health & Safety, Exelon Corporation
  • Mary P. Morningstar, Associate General Counsel, Environmental Law, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Lana Pettus, Assistant Chief, Environmental Crimes Section, Department of Justice (DOJ)

5:30 - 6:30 PM



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.


This program is approved in CA and TX for 3.0 CA & TX general credits. This program is also approved in NY for 3.0 PP/PM NY credits, and is Transitional and Non transitional (appropriate for both newly admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys). Applications will be made in Virginia as necessary. Akin Gump offers CLE credit in the following jurisdictions where the firm has an office: California, New York, Texas and Virginia. Akin Gump is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider, has been certified as an Accredited Provider by the New York State CLE Boards, and is an Accredited Sponsor for the State Bar of Texas.

Please check in at the security area and please have ID available to show security. We will have a sign-in and sign-out sheet for you to initial and fill out with time total time of attendance. We will provide you with your CLE information at the end of the Master Class.

When watching the webinar you will need to have the webinar at the forefront of your computer screen as GoTo webinar will be monitoring attentiveness and creating an attentiveness report for our CLE purposes at the conclusion of the program. You will need to be watching the webinar for a majority of each panel to receive CLE Credit for each one. When watching the webinar you will need to listen for the announcement of a special code which will be read at some point during each panel.

Attorney Affirmation CLE Credit for Non-traditional Format Course Form – Please fill out the Attorney Affirmation Form at the end of the program and email the form to Hannah Keating ( and Natasha Hill ( on one email thread within one business week of the program date (May 24). Note: Please listen for and record the CLE codes that will be read out loud during the program on the form. If you do not include the code, you will not be awarded CLE Credit.

Training Program Evaluation Form - Please fill out the Evaluation Form at the end of the program and email the form to Hannah Keating ( and Natasha Hill ( on one email thread within one business week of the program date (May 24).

Attorney Affirmation Form
Evaluation Form

May 16, 2019

Presented by Sierra Club, Washington, DC Chapter
Co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute

Join us for a presentation and Q&A with Lisa Anne Hamilton who is the Director of the Climate and Energy Program for the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). She manages CIEL’s climate strategies to advance a human rights approach to climate action, provides expertise to support global climate litigation cases and advocates for sustainable principles in plastics production and utilization.

We'll cover:
• Plastic pollution of waterways, the impact on aquatic life and human health
• Industry’s push for increased petrochemical infrastructure
• Emissions from the entire petrochemical lifecycle (extraction, transportation, manufacturing, incineration)
• The need to stop using single-use plastics rather than relying on recycling