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September 03, 2019

Top DOJ, EPA and White House officials to speak at ABA environmental law conference in Boston

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2019 — Jeffrey B. Clark, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; Matthew Z. Leopold, Environmental Protection Agency’s general counsel; and Mary B. Neumayr, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will be among the speakers at the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources 27th Fall Conference, Sept. 11-13 at the Westin Copley in Boston.

Key environmental, energy and resources authorities will discuss regulation and enforcement priorities for the nation’s protection agencies, including updates and developments on climate change, brownfield redevelopment and infrastructure challenges.

27th Fall Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of
Environment, Energy and Resources

Sept. 11-13

Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02116

Program highlights include:

“The Trump Administration and Regulatory Burdens: Past and Future” — The Trump administration has undertaken an ambitious agenda to reduce regulatory burdens, particularly with respect to the environment and development of natural resources. Attendees will learn about the status of the Waters of the United States and Affordable Clean Energy Rules, the administration’s enforcement priorities, and how the administration is confronting climate change litigation. Panelists include Megan Ceronsky, executive director, Center for Applied Environmental Law and Policy; Ronald J. Tenpas, partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP; Cathy S. Woollums, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer, Berkshire Hathaway Energy; and Ben Grumbles, secretary of natural resources, Maryland Department of the Environment.

Thursday, 9:15-10:45 a.m.

“A Foreseeable Future: Planning in an Era of a Changing Climate” — Billions of dollars in public and private investment, property and infrastructure are at risk due to the impacts of climate change. Severe flooding, droughts, extreme temperatures, wildfire, rising sea levels and more intense storms are impacting businesses, industries, and communities globally. Topics to be addressed include assessment of risk, decision-making, government and corporate obligations and strategies to mitigate and protect businesses and communities from future impacts. Panelists include: Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School; Alice C. Hill, research fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Matthew Strickler, secretary of natural resources and chief resilience officer, Commonwealth of Virginia; and Taylor Pullins, managing counsel, Noble Energy, Inc.

Thursday, 2:30-4 p.m.

“Living in Interesting Times: China’s Impact on Environmental and Energy Law” — China’s importance on the global stage is indisputable. It is already the world’s second-largest economy and may soon become the largest. But what about the immediate importance of China as it relates to energy and environmental law? Beijing’s decisions can have important impacts on international environmental issues ranging from climate change to wildlife trafficking. This panel will explore these issues while providing a solid understanding of China’s legal and regulatory framework governing environmental and energy issues. Panelists include Barbara Finamore, senior strategic director for Asia, Natural Resources Defense Council; Jay Monteverde, director of global environmental programming, ABA Rule of Law Initiative; Steve Wolfson, senior attorney, Office of General Counsel, EPA; Siu Tip Lam, director, U.S.-Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law.

Friday, 2:15-3:45 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing and to register, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or [email protected]

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