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October 02, 2023

31st Fall Conference

October 11-13, 2023 | Grand Hyatt Washington

Join leading professionals from the public and private sectors for timely updates on the latest opportunities and challenges facing the fields of environmental, energy, and resources law at the 31st Fall Conference from October 11–13, 2023, at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

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Click here to register for the conference, which will feature informed discussion of topics including the environmental law implications of implementing the Justice40 Initiative, recent Supreme Court jurisprudence, practical tips for new and impending ESG disclosure rules, the latest in the Brownfields redevelopment space, and more. Additional topics covered include the lifecycle of renewable energy and emerging issues related to the energy transition, from offshore wind to grid modernization to carbon credits. Top speakers will weigh in on PFAS and microplastics contamination of agricultural systems and waterways, how to ensure safe drinking water in our cities, and the impact of climate change on urban planning and environmental management. And our Platinum sponsors will share their technical expertise during the Expert Insight Panels.

CLE Session Topics

  • Putting the Justice in Justice40: Promoting Collaborative Stakeholder Involvement
  • Advocating for Environmental and Energy Policies: Strategies for Engaging with Federal Agencies
  • Really Hot or Just Getting Warmer?: Carbon Markets and Credit Generation
  • Wading into the Murky Waters of Recent Supreme Court Jurisprudence
  • Plants, Trains, and Pipelines: Chemical Safety in Production and Transportation
  • New Tech, Old Rules: Keeping Up with the (Energy Transition) Joneses
  • Water Woes: Ensuring Safe Drinking Water after Flint, Newark, and Jackson
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once: Updating Your Transactional Toolkit for Managing Expanding Environmental Risks
  • Achieving Net Zero: What is the Role of the Oil and Gas Sector?
  • Owls and Eagles and Wolves, Oh My! The Endangered Species Act 50 Years Later
  • The Messy Side of Clean Energy: Considering the Full Life Cycle of Renewables
  • The Power Matrix Revolution: Modernizing America’s Electric Grid to Accelerate the Clean Energy Transition
  • Produce with a Side of PFAS? How the Forever Chemical Impacts the Food System from Plants to Poultry to Packaging
  • A Return to ‘Waterworld’: How Climate Change is Impacting Our Waterscape
  • “The Last of Us (to Prepare for ESG Disclosures)”: An Overview of and Practical Tips on New and Impending Climate and Sustainability Laws
  • Trimming the Sails: Hot Topics in Offshore Wind
  • Help, I Need Some Money…the Redevelopment of “Small” Brownfields in Disadvantaged Communities Using the Inflation Reduction Act and Other Innovative Programs
  • The Ethics of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

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Conference Planning Committee

  • Bonnie Heiple, Conference Chair, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Boston, MA
  • Rita Bolt Barker, Wyche, Greenville, SC
  • Sonya Baskerville, Bonneville Power Administration, Washington, DC
  • Elizabeth Bogle, Hackensack, NJ
  • Sam Brown, Hunton Andrews Kurth, San Francisco, CA
  • Apple Chapman, WR Grace, Columbia, MD
  • Meaghan A. Colligan, Holland & Knight, Washington, DC
  • Nathaniel Custer, U.S. Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor, Washington, DC
  • Colin Van Dyke, Anderson & Kreiger, Boston, MA
  • Peter Keays, Hangley Aronchick, Philadelphia, PA
  • Rujeko Muza, Orsted, Washington, DC
  • Jonathan Rotter, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA
  • Maram Salaheldin, Clark Hill PLC, Washington, DC
  • Gene Schmittgens, Rouse Frets PC, Chesterfield, MO
  • Guillermo J. Silva-Wiscovich, Bauza Brau Irizarry & Silva, San Juan, PR
  • Ian Smith, Historic Research Associates, Missoula, MT
  • Pilar Thomas, Quarles & Brady, Tucson, AZ
  • Mat Todaro, Verrill, Portland, ME
  • Raya Treiser, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Washington, DC
  • Phelps Turner, Conservation Law Foundation, Portland, ME
  • Anne Viner, Corporate Law Partners, Evanston, IL
  • Tayyaba Zeb, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, DC

Health and Safety

The ABA takes the health and safety of our members, guests, and staff seriously. We know that the decision whether to attend a meeting is based upon a variety of personal and business considerations. We will continue to monitor a variety of sources, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. state and local health authorities for the latest public health updates, as well as applicable restrictions on events and gatherings. The ABA plans to hold this meeting in person but reserves the right to cancel or reschedule this event or convert it to a virtual event if health and safety restrictions require it. We will update the registrants and the website should the plans for this event change.

As part of the registration process to hold this ABA meeting in person, every attendee is required to affirm their commitment to comply with the in-person meeting guidelines.