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Bonneville Power Administration
Sonya Baskerville is the Manager for Bonneville Power Administration’s Office of National Relations. In that role, she is BPA’s liaison to the Department of Energy, other executive branch agencies, the Congress, energy trade organizations, and other stakeholders. Prior to coming to D.C. in 2005, Sonya was the Assistant General Counsel for Transmission from 2002-2005, representing BPA’s Transmission business and managing the BPA attorneys who also provide advice and counsel to Transmission. Prior to her management position within the Office of General Counsel, Sonya was a staff attorney in the Corporate section of OGC for 10 years, where she worked on various legal issues including Columbia River Treaty, federal legislation, administrative law, resource acquisitions, federal budget, FERC Standards of Conduct, and telecommunications. Sonya earned a B.S. Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1989 and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University in 1992. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.
Alf W Brandt
California State Assembly
Alf W. Brandt serves as an expert on water and environmental law and policy for the California State Assembly. In the last decade, he has served in several positions in committee and personal staffs. He currently serves as the Legislative Director for Speaker-designate Anthony Rendon. Brandt has staffed, drafted, analyzed and commented on countless environmental bills, drawing on his long history of experience in California water controversies. His work included leading roles in 2007 California flood protection law, the 2009 Delta/Water Legislation, the 2012 Rainwater Capture Act and the 2014 California Water Bond. Prior to joining the Assembly staff, Mr. Brandt served at the Department of the Interior and on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. At Interior, he served as counsel and Federal Agency Coordinator for the CALFED Bay-Delta Program and tried the just compensation phase of Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage Dist. v. United States. He also worked on Nevada water law issues in the Newlands Project, and for the Bureau of Land Management.
He earned his J.D. in 1988 from University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law), his B.A. Magna cum laude in 1983 from UCLA, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He is admitted to the bars of California, the District of Columbia (inactive), and the Court of Federal Claims.
Delaware River Basin Commission
West Trenton, NJ
Pamela M. Bush is the Secretary and Assistant General Counsel of the Delaware River Basin Commission, an interstate and federal compact agency formed in 1961 to manage the water resources of the Delaware Basin without regard for political boundaries. Since joining the Commission in September of 1998, Ms. Bush has assisted in developing policy and regulations for all aspects of water resource management by the Commission. Notable DRBC initiatives in which Ms. Bush has played a key role include amending the DRBC’s Special Protection Waters regulations, including designation of the Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic River as a Special Protection Water in July of 2008; and the promulgation of a new regulation providing for point source dischargers to develop and implement Pollutant Minimization Plans to reduce PCB contamination in the Delaware Estuary.
Before joining the Commission in September of 1999, Ms. Bush was an Associate in the Environmental Practice Group at the law firm of Dechert Price and Rhoads (now “Dechert”), where she dealt with environmental permitting, impact analysis and brownfields redevelopment matters, among others, in both litigation and transactional contexts. Ms. Bush is the former President of the Delaware River Greenway Partnership, the not-for-profit corporation that partners with the National Park Service and municipalities to implement the Wild & Scenic River Management Plan for the portion of the non-tidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware. She serves as Programs Vice-Chair for the Water Resources Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Ms. Bush earned her J.D. in 1997 from the University of Virginia, where she was a Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar. She earned her Master of Regional Planning degree in 1989 from Cornell University, where she was a Sage Graduate Fellow and winner of the departmental thesis prize. Ms. Bush received her B.A., Magna cum laude in 1983 from Yale University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Bush is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.
Wendy Bowden Crowther
Parsons Behle & Latimer
Salt Lake City, UT
Wendy Bowden Crowther is a shareholder and member of Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources practice group. Her practice focuses on natural resources and environmental law with an emphasis on water law and related litigation.
Ms. Crowther represents municipalities, water conservancy districts, special service districts, irrigation companies, and private water right holders. Ms. Crowther regularly appears before the Utah State Engineer, the District Court, and the Federal Court. She has completed numerous water right and property transfers and is experienced in in both reclamation law and condemnation litigation. Ms. Crowther has also represented clients in matters dealing with the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.
Thomas P. Redick
Global Environmental Ethics Counsel
Mr. Redick is the principal attorney in Global Environmental Ethics Counsel, LLC a solo law practice based in St. Louis, MO. He assists clients in the high-technology and agricultural biotechnology industry sectors with issues relating to sustainability standards, regulatory approval, liability avoidance and compliance with complex regulatory frameworks including the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Basel Convention on Hazardous Waste. Before establishing a solo international environmental consulting practice in 2005, Mr. Redick was a partner with Gallop, Johnson & Neuman L.C. in St. Louis, Missouri. He served as the 40th President of the Council for Agricultural Science & Technology and is the author of several books and book chapters on agricultural biotechnology and liability prevention. He has served as chair of the Agricultural Management committee and currently serves as a Council member of SEER. He is the liaison for the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources to the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) and also serves on AALA’s program and membership committees.
Sean T. Dixon
Jersey City, NJ
Sean Dixon is a Staff Attorney at Riverkeeper, focusing on New York City and regional energy issues within the Hudson River Program. Sean’s caseload ranges from stormwater control and habitat protection to fossil fuel advocacy, climate change resiliency, superfund, and citizen suit Clean Water Act enforcement. Sean received his J.D. and LL.M. from Pace Law School, where he studied environmental and climate change law. He also earned a Masters of Environmental Management in coastal ecology and climate science from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in marine biology and geology at Boston University’s Marine Program. Before joining Riverkeeper, Sean has worked as a coastal and ocean attorney with Clean Ocean Action, as a fisheries observer Alaskan fisheries, as a Lecturer on coastal zone resource management at Yale University, and held legal internships at NRDC, Oceana, and Trustees for Alaska.
In addition to sitting on the ABA SEER Section Council, Sean is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace Law School. Sean is also the Co-Founder of Village Fishmonger NYC, a local, responsibly-harvested seafood company in New York City, and Co-Creator of Sustainable Seafood Week, an annual national seafood educational and innovation event series.
James F. McDonald
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6
James McDonald is the Assistant Regional Administrator for Management and Director, Management Division, EPA Region VI, Dallas, TX. Mr. McDonald began his career at EPA as an Environmental Protection Specialist in 1992 in EPA’s Office of Pollution, Prevention, and Toxics Substances. For the past two years, McDonald has served as the Director in the Office of Environmental Information’s Planning, Resources and Outreach (OPRO). Additionally, he served as the Chief of Staff to Assistant Administrator and Chief Information Officer.
Prior to his appointment as Chief of Staff, he served as the Director, Office of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ), Office of the Administrator, where he led and managed ALJ’s administrative, management and policy functions. Mr. McDonald also has extensive experience with congressional and legislative issues having worked in EPA’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations and as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Shelia Jackson-Lee of the 18th Congressional District of Texas. His program and regulatory experience includes serving in EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance for many years.
McDonald is a native of Mendenhall, Mississippi where he attended Alcorn State University earning a Bachelor degree in Political Science. He went on to earn a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Masters in Human Resources Management from Webster University. He also holds a law degree from the University of Florida.
Steven C. Sarno
San Francisco, CA
Steve Sarno is an associate in the San Francisco office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., where he focuses on Clean Water Act compliance and litigation, products regulation, and contaminated properties. Prior to joining the Firm, he worked as a staff attorney to the Administrative Law Judges assigned to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Steve graduated from Pace Law School in 2009, where he was Technology Editor for the Pace Environmental Law Review. During law school, he interned with the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, the Pace Land Use Law Clinic, and EPA Region 2 New Jersey Superfund Branch.
Steve earned a Master of Science in Environmental Policy from the Bard College Center for Environmental Policy, where his thesis focused on municipal utilities and local renewable energy projects. He received his Bachelors from Colby College in Environmental Policy. Steve is a member of the New York and California state bars.
Legal and Philanthropic Advisor
Deborah K. Tellier has over 25 years of experience counseling businesses and industry clients with an emphasis on hazardous waste, hazardous substances, and water quality laws and regulations. She advises clients on conducting and evaluating environmental due diligence investigations in connection with the acquisition, leasing and financing of real property. She counsels domestic and international clients on establishing and monitoring environmental management systems, audits and sustainability programs.
Deborah also advises charitable organizations and private foundations on day-to-day operational, grantmaking and governance issues. She counsels tax-exempt organizations on issues of formation, advocacy, fiscal sponsorships, PRIs, and other charitable activities.
Ms. Tellier frequently lectures, teaches and writes on a variety of environmental law and philanthropic topics at institutions of higher learning and industry conferences, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Environmental Law. She serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Environmental Law Institute, California Alliance with Family Farmers, and Maya Center for Rural Education and Well-Being whose mission is to provide educational opportunities to young girls in rural Guatemala.
American Forest & Paper Association
Linda Tsang is Director of Climate and Air Quality at the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). Prior to joining AF&PA, she was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., focused on Clean Air Act and greenhouse gas regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Ms. Tsang was an environmental engineer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New England Region 1 where she worked to implement regulations under the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments. Prior to the EPA, she was a project manager for Environmental Defense Fund, engaging leading companies from a variety of industry sectors in corporate partnerships to improve environmental performance through product, packaging, and process innovations.
She earned her J.D. from Vermont Law School, graduating magna cum laude, and her B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Supreme Court of the United States, Massachusetts State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
Norman A. Dupont
Ring Bender LLLP
Norman A. Dupont is the co-chair of Richards Watson & Gershon's environmental and energy practice group in its Los Angeles, California office. He practices in a variety of environmental areas including litigation and advice regarding water, groundwater, and soil-contamination matters for public entities and private clients. Norm is a former co-chair of the Constitutional Law committee and a former chair of the Science and Technology Committee. Norm authored chapter 7 on federal preemption of state environmental and energy laws in the Section's book, Principles of Constitutional Environmental Law (J. May, ed. 2011).
Norm has and coordinated SEER programs on constitutional law cases, including a plenary session panel on Supreme Court case in the Spring 2014 meeting and a teleconference on the Court’s decision in AEP v. Connecticut. He has written articles in the Section publication Trends, including articles on Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (2009), and a review of last Term's decisions in the September/October 2012 issue of Trends. He served as editor-in-chief of Trends for 2011-2013 and continues to serve as a board member for that publication.
Susan Floyd King
Jones Walker LLP
Susan Floyd King is special counsel in Jones Walker LLP’s Real Estate Practice Group as a member of the Environmental team. King focuses her law practice on environmental law, especially in the areas of permitting, enforcement and compliance. She advises clients on issues related to regulatory requirements under state and federal law. King's experience includes matters related to natural resource damage assessment under the Oil Pollution Act, regulatory requirements under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERCLA and TSCA, including issues associated with citizen suits, and recent initiatives by state and federal agencies, especially in the area of environmental justice.
An active member of the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, King has served as Chair of the Special Committee on Law Students and the Special Committee on State and Local Bar Cooperation. Currently, she is the Program Chair for the 2016 Spring Conference that will be held in Austin, Texas. King is the Vice Chair of the Section on National Resources, Energy and Environmental Law of the Mississippi Bar Association. She was recognized in "Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Environment as an "Associate to Watch" in 2014 and a "Star Associate" in 2015. King was also named a "Rising Star" in the area of Environmental Law in the Mid-South Super Lawyers (listed annually since 2013) and recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of "Mississippi's 50 Leading Business Women for 2014.
King received her undergraduate degree at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, her Masters of Education in Gifted Studies at Mississippi University for Women, and her Juris Doctorate degree from Mississippi College School of Law.
Channing J. Martin
Channing J. Martin is Chair of the Environmental Law Group at Williams Mullen in its Richmond, Virginia office. He has practiced environmental law for more than 30 years, and he regularly represents clients, including manufacturers, electric utility power plants, foundries, petroleum companies and trade associations, in connection with permitting, compliance and enforcement matters before regulatory agencies and in state and federal court.
Within the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Channing has served as Budget Officer, Chair of the 2010 Fall Meeting, Editor-in-Chief of Trends (the Section’s bi-monthly publication), and a member of the Communications and External Relations Committee. He is past Chair of the Virginia State Bar’s Environmental Law Section, and founder and past Chair of the Richmond Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section.
Channing is listed in Chambers U.S.A. America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Virginia Super Lawyers, Virginia’s Legal Elite and The Best Lawyers in America. He is author of numerous articles and chapters in national publications, including the Virginia chapters of Brownfields Law and Practice (LEXIS Publishing) and Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields and Other Contaminated Sites (ABA Publishing).
Active in civic affairs, Channing is Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of United Way of Richmond & Greater Petersburg and previously was Chair of the Greater Richmond United Way Campaign.
Channing received his B.S. in 1975 and his J.D. in 1979 from Washington & Lee University. He was a clerk to the Honorable A. Christian Compton of the Supreme Court of Virginia. In his spare time, he likes to sail.
Angela R. Morrison
Angela Morrison is a partner on Berger Singerman’s Government and Relations Team based in Tallahassee. She has more than 25 years of experience in environmental and administrative law, with a special emphasis on air quality, climate change, and energy issues. Angela has represented a wide variety of clients from different industry sectors, including utilities, cement, chemical, steel, alternative and renewable fuels, boats/ships, phosphate fertilizer, natural gas distribution, pharmaceuticals, developers, ports/marinas, and municipal governments. Much of her experience is with the electric utility industry and the siting of power plants, which involves energy and climate change policies, numerous environmental regulations, and natural resource and land use considerations. She routinely assists her clients with identifying applicable regulations and counsels them on reporting, licensing, permitting, compliance, and enforcement defense strategies. When appropriate, she advocates on their behalf through rulemakings, legislative efforts, administrative hearings, and settlement negotiations at the local, state, and federal levels.
Angela served as the editor-in-chief for Trends, the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources newsletter, from 2013-2015 and had been on the editorial board since 2009. She is the past-chair of the Section’s Air Quality Committee. She also served as chair and vice chair of several of the Section’s Fall Conference Planning Committees (2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014). Angela regularly speaks at environmental conferences in Florida and also at the national level on a variety of subjects involving energy facilities, renewable energy projects, alternative fuels, waste characterizations, climate change, and air quality-related topics. She graduated with high distinction from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1990.