July 09, 2019

27th Fall Conference in Boston

Shelly H. Geppert

Surround yourself in the warm hues of New England’s fall foliage, and watch the lazy flow of the Charles River pass by as you indulge in a cup of chowder—we are heading to Boston for the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ 27th Fall Conference. Our conference takes place September 11–14, 2019, at The Westin Copley Place, perfectly situated among landmarks such as Fenway Park. 

A carefully curated program includes a keynote presentation by the Hon. Jeffrey Clark, Assistant Attorney General, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice; the Hon. Matthew Leopold, General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and the Hon. Mary Neumayr, Chairwoman, White House Council on Environmental Quality, focusing on the Trump administration’s environmental, energy, and resources agenda. And, a Day Two keynote presentation featuring Alicia Barton, President and Chief Executive Officer, New York State Energy and Research and Development Authority; the Hon. Maura Healey, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and Alexandria McBride, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Oakland, California, will address the promotion of renewable energy and its use to mitigate climate change.

Plenary sessions offer you opportunities to test out trial themes before a mock jury as renowned litigators Nadira Clarke of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Jessica Grant of Venable LLP take the stage for oral argument in a groundwater contamination matter, and to learn about the impact of the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce regulatory burdens with respect to the environment and natural resources from Megan Ceronsky, Executive Director for the Center for Applied Environmental Law and Policy; Ron Tenpas of Vinson & Elkins LLP; and Cathy Woollums, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

In addition to the two plenary sessions, a further 16 CLE accredited sessions will be presented, including:

  • Living in Interesting Times: China’s Impact on Environmental and Energy Law
    •  Panelists: Barbara Finamore, Senior Strategic Director, Asia, Natural Resources Defense Council; Jay Monteverde, Director, Global Environmental Programming, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative; Steve Wolfson, Senior Attorney, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Hongjun Zhang, Holland & Knight LLP.
  • Corporate Environmental Leadership and Innovation
    • Panelists: Sonya Bishop, Managing Counsel, Phillips 66; Marisa Blackshire, Senior General Counsel, BNSF Railway; Roger Martella, Director and General Counsel, Global Environmental, Health and Safety Operations, General Electric; and Yesenia Villaseñor, Managing Environmental, Health and Safety Counsel, Tesla.
  •  The Price of Power: Promoting Power Production and Progress
    •  Panelists: Sarah Hofmann, Commissioner, Vermont Public Utility Commission; Travis Kavulla, Director of Energy, Policy Team, R Street; Clare Kindall, Solicitor General, Connecticut Office of the Attorney General; and Harvey Reiter, Stinson Leonard Street LLP.
  • Pesticides: Do Litigation Pressures Effectively Supersede Government Safety Determinations and Threaten to Exterminate Important Products?
    • Panelists: Trenton Norris, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Stephanie Parent, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity; Robert Perlis, Assistant General Counsel for Pesticides, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Sara Beth Watson, Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

Plan to join friends old and new in Boston for stimulating presentations on a wide variety of pressing issues, networking, scheduled activities such as yoga, a run/walk, a public service project that has us working alongside the Charles River Conservancy, cocktail hours, and dine-arounds. You don’t want to miss this wicked smart event. Please visit our webpage to view the full conference schedule and register. 

Shelly H. Geppert

Shelly H. Geppert is of counsel with Eimer Stahl LLP in Chicago. She is the planning chair for the 27th Fall Conference in Boston.