San Diego in the fall. These five words should be enough to convince you to join to your colleagues for the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ 26th Fall Conference this October 17–20. Our conference venue, the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, with its waterfront location, will be stunning. The Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village will be walking distance from the conference and Balboa Park, and the San Diego Zoo just a short drive away. Bring your family and stay for the weekend!
However, if you need more convincing to travel to San Diego in October, I can promise you top-notch programming and great opportunities for networking with leaders in our field!
Be ready to learn. The planning committee’s remarkable, cross-disciplinary team of lawyers has developed an engaging program of thought leaders on environment, energy, and resource law and policy. The substantive programing begins with a plenary session exploring the great enforcement debate that is roiling the halls of EPA and state agencies across the nation. Peter Hsiao, of Morrison & Foerster LLP, will lead panelists Sylvia Quast, Regional Counsel for EPA Region 9; Sambhav Sankar, Executive Director, Environmental Council of the States; and Justin Savage of Sidley Austin LLP in a discussion of current state of civil and criminal environmental enforcement, the impact of cooperative federalism, and current and expected enforcement trends and initiatives.
The second plenary session will consider the footprints that tech giants are leaving on the environmental, energy, and natural resource landscape. Roger Martella, general counsel at General Electric, will lead a panel of prominent in-house counsel from the tech sector in examining the environmental issues that keep them up at night as their companies push the cutting edge of computing, online retail, cloud services, autonomous vehicles, entertainment, and more.
Since the Fall Conference is the premier forum for exploring current and emerging environmental, energy, and natural resource issues, the breakout sessions will cover a broad range of issues now facing practitioners, including:
- Water Infrastructure and Resource Allocation: Lessons from California
- Charging Up to Direct Our Energy Future: An Examination of State and Federal Roles
- From Paris to Pittsburgh and Beyond: Non-Federal Efforts to Address Climate Change
- Traversing the Terrain of Public Land Law
- The Long Road to Superfund Reform
- Seeking Cert(ainty): Recent Supreme Court Decisions on Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law
- Reversing Course: Administrative Law in a Time of Change
- When It’s “Kind of a Big Deal”: Assessing and Responding to Issues that Threaten a Deal or Project
- Fundamental Rights or Fundamentally Wrong: Constitutional and Public Trust Arguments for Environmental Protection
- Staying Afloat in the Deluge of Clean Water Act Developments
- Faster, Cheaper, Better: The Modern Approach to Environmental Reviews and Permitting
- Expect the Unexpected: Counseling Clients Before, During, and After Natural Disasters
- Ecosystem Markets: What They Are and How to Make Them Work for Your Clients
- Defining the Future of Offshore Energy
- Deregulation in Focus: The Clean Air Act and States
- Ethics: That’s All the News for Today—Stay Ethical, San Diego
And, of course, there will be great opportunities for networking. The conference begins Wednesday with an afternoon of public service and an evening welcome reception. On Thursday and Friday, there will be networking breaks during the day between sessions, while Thursday evening will offer dinner under the stars on the San Diego Marina and, on Friday, the popular Dutch-treat committee dinners will be held at local restaurants. For those of you who are athletic and early risers (or those of us who aspire to be), there will be an opportunity to run or walk together in the #SEERRunClub!
Finally, you will have an opportunity to engage in the work of the Section. The conference will close on Saturday with a morning of committee programming followed by an afternoon Council meeting. All are invited to attend and learn more about the Section and how to become involved.
I look forward to seeing you in sunny San Diego this October. Visit here for more information.