December 27, 2018

48th Spring Conference

Rita Bolt Barker

The Mile High City awaits you! Join your colleagues for the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ 48th Spring Conference in Denver, March 27–29, 2019. Our unbeatable conference venue, the Grand Hyatt Denver, is located in the heart of the city’s entertainment districts. And with the majestic Rocky Mountains in reach, plan to bring your family and hit the slopes after the conference.

The Spring Conference will offer world-class CLE programming and networking opportunities. The planning committee’s cross-disciplinary team has developed a program with something for everyone.

The conference kicks off with a plenary session that will explore Science & Compliance: Trends in Enforcement. Featuring U.S. Department of Justice attorney Bruce Gelber, EPA Region 8 Regional Counsel K.C. Schefski, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Director Todd Parfitt, Hudson Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay, and Vinson & Elkins partner Margaret E. Peloso, the panel will provide essential information about federal-state compliance coordination and implementation, the development of new field testing methods and technologies, scientific standards, and enforcement priorities.

The second plenary session, The Next Battlegrounds: How the Composition of the Federal Courts Will Shape the Future of Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law, features a distinguished panel of practitioners and court-watchers, including University of Denver Sturm College of Law professor Justin Pidot, Crowell Moring partner David Chung, and Kirkland & Ellis partner Erin Murphy, highlighting significant cases making their way through the courts. The panel will identify key trends to watch in the courts of appeals and forecast how the U.S. Supreme Court Justices will influence the cases brought and pursued in the federal courts.

The Spring Conference’s breakout sessions will cover a broad range of cutting-edge topics, including:

  • PFAS: Impacting Site Remediation and Litigation for Years to Come?
  • Grid Resiliency: Ensuring and Valuing the Ability to Stay Plugged In
  • What the “Frack” Is Going On: Emerging Issues in Oil and Gas Law
  • The Continuing Evolution of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction
  • What Happens When Recyclables Become Trash, Wastes Go Astray, or the Status of Naturally Occurring Materials Is Changed?
  • Permit Streamlining for Mineral Exploration and Development
  • Water 2070: The Future of Drinking Water in the United States, the Nexus between Water Supply and Water Quality
  • One Federal Decision and Regulatory Streamlining: Opportunities and Costs for Infrastructure Development
  • When Financing Goes Bad: Doing Deals and Litigating Cases When Bankruptcy, Workouts, or Ability to Pay for Environmental Liabilities Is at Issue
  • Frenemies: Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Governments and the Inherent Tension of Cooperative Federalism on the Ground
  • East Meets West in the Air Quality Arena: Ozone Attainment, Regional Haze, Electric Vehicles, and More
  • International Product Stewardship Regulations: Their Effect on Integrated Supply Chains and Corporate Transactions
  • The New Cannabis Industry: Will It Cause the Environment to Go to Pot?
  • How Prospective Changes to the Endangered Species Act Affect Landowners
  • Turning Brownfields into Green Money: Creative Deals to Boost Contaminated Superfund Site Redevelopment and Streamline Cleanups
  •  Ethics: Tweets, Posts, Snaps, and Chats: Lawyer Ethics and Social Media

The Spring Conference will also offer our popular networking events, including a public service project, a reception in the Grand Hyatt’s Pinnacle Club with stunning views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains, #SEERRunClub!, and the Taste of SEER dine-arounds.

The Spring Conference is a can’t-miss opportunity with unmatched educational and networking opportunities with influential legal leaders in environmental, energy, and resources law. You will leave Denver with new insights to benefit your practice as well as new contacts. See you in the Mile High City in March!

Rita Bolt Barker

Rita Bolt Barker, a shareholder at Wyche, PA in Greenville, South Carolina, is the planning chair of the 48th Spring Conference.