July 01, 2013

Water, wind, waste, and more: 21st Fall Conference

Amy L. Edwards

Whether you can join us for the entire conference, or just one day, you will not want to miss the Section’s 21st Fall Conference in Baltimore, October 9–12, 2013, at the Hilton Baltimore. The conference features several senior level U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials, including the (Acting) Assistant Administrators for Air, Waste, and Water and the Acting EPA General Counsel, as well as senior-level representatives from the Hill and the administration.

The conference kicks off with a public service project on Wednesday morning. That afternoon, programing begins with a panel of in-house counsel sharing tips on how to be selected as outside counsel. A highlight will be two teams of lawyers from hypothetical firms making their pitches to counsel from a hypothetical corporation. Kenneth R. Feinberg, the nationally known mediator for the BP oil spill claims, will follow with a keynote address on using the law to deal with catastrophes.

Thursday’s and Friday’s plenary sessions will focus on administration and congressional priorities for the next few years and second-term priorities at EPA. Two days of breakout sessions will bring you up-to-date on developments under the primary environmental statutes, including Clean Air, Clean Water, CERCLA, and RCRA, as well as on renewable energy and fracking. Additional breakout sessions will focus on legal issues associated with responding to natural disasters, and on enforcement and compliance, environmental litigation, and environmental markets. Given our location in Baltimore, a session will examine EPA’s efforts to regulate nutrients and stormwater going into the Chesapeake Bay. Other highlights include a live litigation demonstration, transactions “Jeopardy,” and an interactive presentation about using technology while on the road. And the conference would not be complete without a session on today’s ethics: managing conflicts and virtual reality in today’s law practice.

On Thursday night, the conference social event will be held at the American Visionary Art Museum, a unique venue overlooking the Inner Harbor. This evening provides opportunities for fun and informal networking. We hope that you will also join your colleagues at receptions on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and for “interest area” dinners at local restaurants on Friday night. There will again be our popular Speed Networking session and informal social events planned for law students and young lawyers.

The Fall Conference is the premier forum for learning about recent legal developments in the environmental, energy, and resource fields, networking with your colleagues, and meeting prominent government, industry, and private practice leaders. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity! We look forward to seeing you in Charm City in October.

Amy L. Edwards

Amy L. Edwards is a partner with Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, D.C. She is the program chair of the 21st Fall Conference.