February 24, 2021 - February 26, 2021


This conference is co-sponsored by ALI CLE and the Environmental Law Institute.

Why You Should Attend

Five decades ago -- just after the first national environmental law was passed, ALI CLE and ELI began offering the first national CLE on the subject. Now in our 51st year, we are still at it: helping lawyers understand the key current environmental law issues that their clients need them to know.

Although we can’t gather together in DC this year as we have for the last 50, you can still get the latest developments in air, water, endangered species, climate change, chemicals, renewable energy as well as what’s to come from the newly reconfigured Supreme Court and what may be coming under the Biden-Harris administration and a new Congress. Our national faculty of seasoned private practitioners, governmental officials, law professors, and public interest advocates will keep you current and alert you to changes in the many facets of environmental law affecting your practice and your clients.

What You Will Learn

Expand your comprehensive understanding and be on alert for the changes underway today and in the future. 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 their intersections. This year’s topics include, but are not limited to:

  • likely priorities of the Biden-Harris administration
  • environmental justice
  • PFAS and other emerging contaminants
  • recent and upcoming environmental cases before the Supreme Court
  • counseling clients before, during, and after natural and man-made disasters
  • climate change litigation and regulation
  • water quality regulation
  • key developments in offshore wind and other renewable permitting

Register today! Don’t miss this opportunity to invest in yourself and your practice.

Who Should Attend

This webcast series will benefit 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.

Schedule, Faculty, CLE & More

Please visit the event page for the latest information.

February 24, 2021

An ELI Public Webinar

As climate change intensifies and extreme weather events wreak havoc on communities, human populations are becoming increasingly mobile despite minimal legal protections for climate migrants. By 2050, events linked to climate change – including extreme drought and agricultural losses, wildfires, sea-level rise and other flooding, and impacted economies – are expected to forcibly displace 50-200 million people worldwide.

A particular challenge migrants face is the varied laws and processes each nation has in regard to immigration. Without a global framework for environmental refugees, this challenge is likely to worsen. One approach gaining traction to combat these issues is bilateral agreements between the countries where people are expected to leave and the countries likely to receive them, which may ease the migration process and provide protections for climate migrants.

How can international laws and agreements be leveraged to alleviate the disproportionate risks and harms migrants face from climate change and natural disasters? What are the opportunities and obstacles for climate migration policies and agreements? What should the core considerations be in the design of climate migration bilateral agreements? Join ELI and expert panelists to explore these questions and the opportunities and challenges to increase protections for climate migrants.

Carl Bruch, Director, International Programs, and Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Maxine Burkett, Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii
Melisa Laelan, Chief Executive Officer, Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese, Inc.
Shanna McClain, Ph.D., Global Partnerships Manager and Resilience Advisor, NASA Earth Sciences Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Michael Vastine, Director, Immigration Clinic and Professor of Law, St. Thomas University

ELI members have subsequent access to any 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.