ABA-Wide Updates

ABA-Wide Updates

2011-2012 Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law Update

March 2012

March 22-24, 2012
41st Annual Conference on Environmental Law
Sponsor
: Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
Description: The theme for this year’s conference takes us back to our core areas of environmental practice: air, land, and water. Presentations and activities will be specifically geared for experienced lawyers across the nation and younger lawyers and law students alike. Anticipated topics will include dynamic discussions related to hydraulic fracking, the rise of citizen suits, developments in air and greenhouse gas regulation, environmental challenges to energy and natural resource development, how regulatory agencies will adapt to funding cuts, and a survey of developments relevant to transactional lawyers.
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Fees: $590 members of sponsoring Section; $665 ABA members; $675 general public; $510 academic/govt/public service; $75 law student ABA member.
Contact: Register here.

March 29-31, 2012
Scorching in the Desert: Hot Topics Facing Corporate Counsel and Toxic Torts & Environmental Practitioners
Sponsor(s):
Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Description: Featuring preeminent attorneys from both the plaintiff and defense bar, as well as leading corporate counsel from across the country, this meeting provides numerous opportunities to socialize and network with a diverse group of attorneys at events including the Joint Networking Reception and Cocktail Party on Thursday. Further, CLE programs will cover an outstanding array of issues facing the toxic tort and environmental practitioner and corporate counsel, including some emerging "hot" issues such as litigation surrounding natural and man-made disasters, foreign acts of terrorism, issues involving food borne illness outbreaks, and the legal ethics associated with the use of social media. A mock trial of a toxic tort case will be presented with instant feedback from a jury of Pima County residents, in addition to top notch panels on creative ways to settle complex environmental claims, and effective methods to manage government inspections and investigations.
Location: Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85016.
Fees: $525 members of sponsoring Section; $400 insurance companies; $200 law students; $600 general attendance.
Contact: Register here.

April 2012

April 19-20, 2012
ABA Petroleum Marketing Attorneys' Meeting
Sponsor: Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
Description: This meeting will offer timely and provocative presentations in the area of petroleum marketing and refining. Topics will include commercial litigation, brand covenant and market sale issues, antitrust/pricing, environmental issues such as ethanol and RINs (renewable identification numbers), and, of course, ethics.
Location: Washington, DC
Contact: Register here.

May 2012

May 3, 2012
Wetlands Law and Regulation
Sponsor(s):
ALI-ABA, ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Environmental Law Institute
Description: If your clients do any construction, planning, or conservation, you need to know the complex federal laws regulating wetlands and other waters, including the latest developments concerning “waters of the United States.” Practitioners who advise or work in many sectors of the national economy – agriculture, construction and land development, government regulation, forestry, mining, highway and other transportation, public works, recreation, and utilities, to name a few – must know the laws and regulatory programs dealing with the protection of wetlands and other waters.
Location: In-person/webinar. Host site: Hunton & Williams LLP, 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037.
Time: 7:30 am-5:00 pm Eastern.
Fees: $649 in-person; $549 live webcast; $549 members of SEER/ELI.
Contact: Register here.

May 4, 2012
Species Protection: Critical Legal Issues
Sponsor(s):
ALI-ABA, Environmental Law Institute.
Description: Endangered Species Act (ESA) issues are now common and significant considerations in land, water, and energy development activities in many parts of the nation. The Act’s provisions also heavily affect other key economic activities, such as timber harvesting, agriculture, aquaculture, electric power generation, and coastal development. Major lawsuits have been filed challenging the application and even the constitutionality of the ESA. To call the ESA the veritable “800-pound gorilla” of environmental legislation is to understate the Act’s importance to the species, agencies, landowners, developers, and citizens that fall within the ambit of the broadly worded legislation. A diverse faculty drawn from the ranks of practicing attorneys in the private bar and attorneys and related professionals in government, the public interest community, academia, and corporate settings ensures full coverage of the Act and of the legal and policy considerations that underlie it.
Location: In-person/webinar. Host site: Hunton & Williams LLP, 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037.
Time: 7:15 am - 4:45 pm Eastern.
Fees: $649 in-person; $549 live webcast; $549 members of SEER/ELI.
Contact: Register here.

June 2012

June 1, 2012
National Spring Conference on the Environment: The Precarious Business of Environmental Regulation and the Economy
Sponsor: Task Force on Policy and Coordination -- Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Host: University of Maryland School of Law
Location: Baltimore, MD
Contact: Katie Jennings, 202-662-1691, katie.jennings@americanbar.org

October 2012

October 10-13, 2012
Section of Environment, Energy and Resources 20th Fall Meeting
Location: Austin, TX
Contact: Noemi Alvarez, 312-988-5625, noemi.alvarez@americanbar.org


Publications

  • Principles of Constitutional Environmental Law
    Sponsor
    : ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
    DescriptionPrinciples of Constitutional Environmental Law offers a comprehensive account and analysis of the growing -- and increasingly important -- intersection of constitutional and environmental law. Chapters are written with the goal of providing an accessible account of emerging constitutional issues valuable to academics and practitioners alike. Each chapter begins with a practice tip relevant to the material that follows, and ends with a case study that provides the story behind a case mentioned earlier in the chapter.
    Editor(s): James R. May
    Publication Date: August 26, 2011
    Pricing: $89.95; $79.95 Section of Environment, Energy and Resources members.

  • Conservation Easements: Tax and Real Estate Planning for Landowners and Advisors
    Sponsor
    : ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
    DescriptionConservation Easements: Tax and Real Estate Planning for Landowners and Advisors provides attorneys with an additional resource to the area's earlier established texts as well as a growing number of online sources. In particular, this book offers an invaluable collection of tips and techniques learned from the author's decades of conservation easement practice. This book provides attorneys and their clients with an understanding of the broad scope of conservation easement law, appropriate both for practitioners unfamiliar with the complexities of the subject as well as for those with more experience who are looking for specific guidance.
    Editor(s): David J. Dietrich, Christian Dietrich
    Publication Date: August 26, 2011
    Pricing: $139.95; $119.95 Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law members.

  • Environmental Issues in Business Transactions
    Sponsor
    : ABA Business Law Section
    DescriptionEnvironmental Issues in Business Transactions is a unique book that not only discusses the principal state and federal environmental regulatory programs affecting business and commercial transactions, but also offers practical guidance on the impact of these complex requirements from the unique viewpoint of a transactional lawyer. The chapters have been written by seasoned environmental lawyers with extensive transactional experience. The authors share strategies and guidance that have been successfully used in a wide range of sophisticated and complicated business transactions.
    Editor(s): Lawrence P. Schnapf
    Publication Date: July 25, 2011
    Pricing: $199.95; $169.95 Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Members

  • Clean Air Act Handbook Third Edition, The
    Sponsor: ABA Section of Environment, Energy & Resources
    Description: More than four decades after it was enacted, the Clean Air Act remains one of the most signficant and sweeping pieces of environmental legislation in the country's history. Now fully revised and updated, The Clean Air Act Handbook is an established, comprehensive examination of the statute and the EPA's implementing regulations and policy guidance.
    Editor(s): Julie R. Domike, Alec C. Zacaroli
    Publication Date: July 25, 2011
    Pricing: $179.95; $144.95 Section of Environment, Energy and Resources members.

  • Law of Clean Energy, The: Efficiency and Renewables
    Sponsor: ABA Section of Environment, Energy & Resources
    Description: The framework of laws governing energy efficiency and renewable energy is one of fragmentation across levels of government, regions of the country, types of energy resources, regulatory techniques, and policy objectives. The Law of Clean Energy provides a current, clearly written explanation of the laws that apply and the critical legal issues involved in the transition to a clean energy economy.
    Editor(s): Michael B. Gerrard
    Publication Date: May 24, 2011
    Pricing: $129.95; $99.95 Section of Environment, Energy and Resources members.

  • Whose Drop Is It, Anyway? Legal Issues Surrounding Our Nation's Water Resources
    Sponsor:
    Section of State and Local Government Law
    Description: Water issues permeate all aspects of law, and much of what affects water is borne on the state and local level. A new book by the and Local Government Law Section, Whose Drop Is It, Anyway? Legal Issues Surrounding Our Nation's Water Resources, is a valuable resource and practical tool discussing the legal issues surrounding water resources and the current issues and trends that are influencing the legal regimes.
    Editor(s): Megan Baroni
    Publication Date: April 2011
    Pricing: $99.95; $79.95 Section of State and Local Government Law members.

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