September 11, 2019

Conference Materials

Thursday, September 12, 2019 

8:15 am – 9:00 am
Keynote Presentation

Speakers:
Hon. Jeffrey B. Clark, Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Washington, DC
Kelly Johnson, Holland & Hart LLP, Washington, DC
Hon. Matthew Z. Leopold, General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Hon. Mary B. Neumayr, Chairwoman, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Washington, DC

Thursday, September 12, 2019 (continuted)

9:15 am – 10:45 am
The Trump Administration and Regulatory Burdens: Past and Future

Moderator:
Ronald Tenpas, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Washington, DC

Speakers:
Megan Ceronsky, Executive Director, Center for Applied Environmental Law and Policy, Boulder, CO
Ben Grumbles, Maryland Secretary of the Environment, MDE, Baltimore, Maryland Area
Cathy Woollums, Senior Vice President, Chief of Sustainability Officer, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Davenport, IA

11:15 am – 12:45 am
Ambient Error: Air Quality Regulation and Enforcement in a Brave New World

Moderator:
Timothy Webster, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC

Speakers:
Cynthia Giles, Guest Fellow, Environmental and Energy Law Program, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
It’s Time to Require Companies to Actually Monitor Their Air Pollution. Here’s Why.

Adam Kushner, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC
The Enforcement and Compliance Implications of Low-Cost Air Monitors

Vickie Patton, General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund, Boulder, CO

11:15 am – 12:45 am
Creative Deals: How to Get Buyers Excited about the Redevelopment of Contaminated Properties

Moderator:
Pamela K. Elkow, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Stamford, CT

Speakers:
Thomas Barrasso, Director of Energy and Environment, City of Amesbury, Amesbury, MA
Alternative Approaches to Managing Municipal Brownfields Portfolios and Making Deals

Carl Garvey, General Counsel, RACER Trust, Detroit, MI
RACER Trust’s Community Engagement: Building Excitement for Brownfields Redevelopment

Randall Jostes, CEO, Environmental Liability Transfer, Inc., St. Louis, MO
The Answer is Blowing in the Wind – How Effective Brownfield Redevelopment Strategies Repositioned a Retired Coal-Fired Power Plant for Renewable Energy

Deborah J. Schmall, Paul Hastings, San Francisco, CA
Land Recycling: Residential Development on Closed Regulated Landfills

11:15 am – 12:45 am
Highlights and Predictions: Recent Supreme Court Decisions on Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law

Highlights and Predictions: Recent Supreme Court Decisions on Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law
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Moderator:
Chuck McCutcheon, Editor, Bloomberg Environment, Washington, DC

Speakers:
Eric A. Grant, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Washington, DC
Peter Hsiao, King & Spalding LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Richard Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
AlterEcho Expert Insight Panel: Feds on First, States on Second, but Who is Really on Third? Adjusting to the Shift?

Speakers:
Mark Heaney, Vice President, Regulatory Expert, AlterEcho, New York, NY
Rob Young, PG , Vice President, Remediation Expert, AlterEcho, Chicago, IL

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. Expert Insight Panel: PFAS—Beyond Impacts to Water

Speaker:
Travis Kline, MEM, Senior Principal Toxicologist, Geosyntec Consultants Inc., Washington, DC

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
A Foreseeable Future: Planning in an Era of a Changing Climate

Moderator:
Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School, New York, NY
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Speakers:
Alice C. Hill, Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, DC 
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Taylor Pullins, Managing Counsel, Noble Energy, Inc., Houston, Texas
Matthew Strickler, Secretary of Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond, VA

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The State of CERCLA following EPA Reform: More of the Same or Something Super?

Moderator:
Robert Varney, President, Normandeau Associates, Bedford, NH

Speakers:
Kathleen Campbell, Partner, Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Superfund Task Force:  Two Years Later The PRP Perspective

Steven D. Cook, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Land and Emergency Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
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Martin Suuberg, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Boston, MA

The State of CERCLA following Reform: State Perspective

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Pesticides: Do Litigation Pressures Effectively Supersede Government Safety Determinations and Threaten to Exterminate Important Products?

Moderator:
Sara Beth Watson, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, Washington, DC

Speakers:
Trenton H. Norris, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, San Francisco, CA
Pesticides: Do Litigation Pressures Effectively Supersede Government  Safety Determinations and Threaten to Exterminate Important Products?

Stephanie Parent
, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity, Portland, OR
Pesticide Litigation to Protect the Public’s Interest in Health and the Environment

Robert Perlis, Assistant General Counsel for Pesticides, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
EPA’s Regulation of Pesticides

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Go Big or Go Home: Fast Lanes and Road Blocks for Major Infrastructure Projects

Moderator:
James M. Auslander, Beveridge & Diamond P.C., Washington, DC

Speakers:
Angela Colamaria, Permitting Team Lead, White House Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC
From Roadblocks to the Fast Lane: Administration Initiatives to Streamline the Federal Permitting Process for Major Infrastructure Projects

Geraldine E. Edens, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington, DC
Streamlining Federal Reviews and Authorizations to Achieve the Promise of U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Development

Marna McDermott, Deputy Director and Counsel, Conservation Litigation Project, Washington, DC
Downstream and Cumulative Climate Impacts of Energy Infrastructure: What Can We Learn from Recent Litigation over Mineral Leases?
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4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
New Frontiers in Climate Litigation

Moderator:
Amanda Cohen Leiter, Professor and Director, Program on Environmental and Energy Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC
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Speakers:
Daniel D. Droog, Managing Counsel, Chevron U.S.A., Inc., Houston, TX
Not So Novel Climate Litigation

Kate Konschnik, Director, Climate and Energy Program, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University, Durham, NC
Youth v. Gov: Themes in U.S. Climate Change Litigation Against the Government

Vic Sher, Sher Edling LLP, San Francisco, CA
Climate Change Damages Litigation by Public Agencies

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Handcrafting Environmental Insurance: The Market is Hot Again!

Moderator:
Catherine E. Bostock, Cole Schotz P.C., Hackensack, NJ
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Speakers:
Jayne Cunningham, Environmental Focus Group Leader and Underwriter, Beazley Group, New York, NY

Gene Devine, Regional Director of Environmental, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Jericho, NY
How to Avoid Tripwires and Get the Most Coverage for Your Clients
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Anne E. Viner, Corporate Law Partners, PLLC, Chicago, IL
Effectively Using Insurance in a Transaction
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Friday, September 13, 2019

8:15 am – 9:00 am
Keynote Presentation

Speakers:
Alicia Barton, President and Chief Executive Officer, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Albany, NY
Hon. Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General, Boston, MA
Marisa Ann Martin Lewandowski, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Chicago, IL
Alexandria McBride, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Oakland, California

9:15 am – 10:45 am
A Jury of Your Peers

Fact Pattern

Moderator:
Lois J. Schiffer, Environmental Attorney, formerly Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, US Department of Justice; and General Counsel, NOAA, Washington, DC

Speakers:
Nadira Clarke, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Washington, DC 
First Impressions Matter - Opening Statements in Environmental Jury Trials

John D. Gilleland, Vice President, DecisionQuest, Chicago, IL
Considerations in Conducting Effective Mock Jury Research: Understanding the goals and the process

Jessica L. Grant, Venable LLP, San Francisco, CA

11:15 am – 12:45 pm
The Price of Power: Promoting Power Production and Progress

Moderator:
Harvey L. Reiter, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Washington, DC
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Speakers:
Sarah Hofmann, Commissioner, Vermont Public Utility Commission, Montpelier, VT
The Expanding Role of Public Utility Commissions: Entering Transportation and Heating

Travis Kavulla, Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, R Street, Washington, DC
Monopoly and Regulation in Context
Evolving Markets and Public Policy in New England

Clare Kindall, Solicitor General, Connecticut Office of the Attorney General, New Britain, CT
Threading the Needle: How Illinois and New York Saved Their Nuclear Power Plants

11:15 am – 12:45 pm
The Clean Water Act: What Are We Fighting About?

Moderator:
Karen M. McGaffey, Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, WA

Speakers:
Robin Craig, James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, UT
Where the Heck Are We? Waters of the United States, Enforcement, and Water Quality Trading

Deidre G. Duncan, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Washington, DC 
Clean Water Act Section 401: Balancing States’ Rights and the Nation’s Need for Energy Infrastructure

Craig Johnston, Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, OR
Hot Topics Regarding Clean Water Act Jurisdiction (Other than WOTUS)

11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Corporate Environmental Leadership and Innovation

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Tesla Impact Report
2017 BNSF Sustainability Report

Moderator:
Sonya H. Bishop, Managing Counsel, Phillips 66, Houston, TX

Speakers:
Marisa Blackshire, Senior General Attorney, BNSF Railway, Los Angeles, CA
Roger R. Martella, Director and General Counsel, Global Environment, Health and Safety Operations, General Electric, Boston, MA
Yesenia Villaseñor, Managing Environmental, Health and Safety Counsel, Tesla, Palo Alto, CA

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Navigating the Wind and Waves of Changing Offshore Resources Regulation

Moderator:
Katherine A. Joyce, Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson, Portland, ME
Yes in My Ocean: Addressing Stakeholder Challenges in Offshore Wind Development (Katherine A. Joyce, on behalf of the panel)

Speakers:
Clarke Bruno, President and Lead Partner for Transmission, Anbaric Development Partners, Wakefield, MA
Annie Hawkins, Executive Director, Responsible Offshore Development Alliance, Washington, DC
Noah C. Shaw, Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy Practice, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo, New York

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Constitutional Frontier: Federalism, Separation of Powers, and How Federal, State, and Tribal Governments Are Reshaping Environmental Law

Moderator:
Robert Anderson, Charles I. Stone Professor of Law; Director, Native American Law Center, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA; Oneida Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians..., 769 F.3d 543 (2014)

Speakers:
Rachel Heron, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
The Supreme Court’s Construction of Treaty Rights Preempting State Law in Washington Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den and Herrera v. Wyoming

Monte Mills, Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic, University of Montana - Alexander Blewett III School of Law, Missoula, MT
Beyond Constitutional Borders: Tribal Rights, Resources, and Reform
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Joel Williams, Senior Staff AttorneyNative American Rights Fund, Washington, DC
Treaty-reserved Hunting Rights On Off-reservation Lands: A Discussion Of Herrera V. Wyoming

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Living in Interesting Times: China’s Impact on Environmental and Energy Law

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Speakers:
Barbara Finamore, Senior Strategic Director, Asia, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC
Will China Save the Planet? 

R. Juge Gregg, Attorney, Washington, DC
Siu Tip Lam, Director, U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law, Vermont Law School
Steve Wolfson, Senior Attorney, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
ETHICS: Working with Scientists and Other Nonlawyer Professionals: Ethical Challenges for Environmental and Energy Lawyers

A Road Map to Ethical Considerations when Interacting with Experts

Moderator:
Colin G. Van Dyke, Anderson Kreiger LLP, Boston, MA

Speakers:
Russell Abell, Vice President, Sanborn Head, Concord, NH
Meaghan Boyd, Alston & Bird LLP, Atlanta, GA
Katherine Kenney, Partner, Peabody & Arnold LLP, Boston, MA