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ELI Welcomes Three New Members to its Leadership Council

May 2018

(Washington, DC): The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is delighted to announce three new members have joined its Leadership Council: Catharine De Lacy; Julie Domike; and Judith Praitis. “We are so fortunate to have these outstanding professionals join the ranks of our Leadership Council,” said ELI Leadership Council Kathy Robb. “ELI’s vision is a healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities founded on the rule of law. As esteemed thought-leaders in the field of environmental law and policy, these newest members will bring valuable guidance and expertise to our organization as we continue our path making law work for people, places, and the planet.”

  • Catharine de Lacy is Vice President of Global Public Affairs and Sustainability at Albemarle Corporation, a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry. At Albemarle, Ms. de Lacy oversees the company's public and government relations policies, communications strategy, and product stewardship and sustainability programs. Over the course of her career, she has held leadership positions with other national and global corporations where she has implemented award-winning, world-class product stewardship, sustainability, EHS, corporate quality, compliance, and government affairs programs. In addition to those efforts, Ms. de Lacy has enabled brand strategy and positioning, product innovation, and technologies in heavily regulated markets for diverse business sectors, while enhancing global brand strategy and corporate reputation. Ms. de Lacy also serves on various trade association boards and committees.
  • Julie Domike is a partner with Haynes & Boone in Washington, D.C. She counsels a variety of companies, including refineries, engine manufacturers, independent power producers, fuel producers, and farm equipment makers, on a wide range of environmental regulatory matters. She has represented numerous companies across the country in complex negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ms. Domike has also worked with clients on environmental audits and subsequent correction and disclosure to state and federal environmental agencies. Prior to joining Haynes & Boone, she served as a lawyer and manager at EPA Headquarters.
  • Judith Praitis is a partner with Sidley’s Los Angeles office, where she heads the firm’s West Coast environmental practice group and is a global co-leader of the firm’s environmental practice. Ms. Praitis has broad experience counseling clients on environmental transactional issues and on air, water and waste management permitting, compliance, release reporting and enforcement issues under California and federal law. A particular area of focus is hazardous waste management and site remediation, including the redevelopment of oil field properties and military bases undergoing conversion to civilian uses. Ms. Praitis is also an expert on Proposition 65, a unique California chemical right-to-know law.

The ELI Leadership Council is the Institute’s group for the most prominent environment, energy, and natural resource leaders in the nation. The Council recognizes leaders for their commitment of resources and time to the Institute’s vision of a healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities founded on the rule of law. Members participate in events and have a chance to network and engage other leaders in discussions about key environmental law and policy issues.