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September 14, 2022

ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources hosts fall conference in Nashville Sept. 21-23

CHICAGO, Sept. 14, 2022 – The American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources will hold its 30th Fall Conference Sept. 21-23 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

In addition to the 30th anniversary of the fall conference, this year also coincides with the 50th anniversaries of monumental federal environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act; the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act; the Ocean Dumping Act; the Coastal Zone Management Act; and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The conference will reflect on these and other historic environmental laws as it focuses on the future of the legal practice.

Keynote speakers include Nashville Mayor John Cooper and Jeffrey Prieto, general counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at 8:15 a.m. CDT on Thursday; and Shalanda Baker, director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy, at 8:15 a.m. CDT on Friday.

30th Fall Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 21-23

Renaissance Nashville Hotel
611 Commerce St.
Nashville, Tennessee

Program highlights include (all times are CDT):

“According to the Supremes, Things are Changing” — Panelists will offer their perspectives on recent Supreme Court decisions and discuss the forward-looking direction of the court, including West Virginia v. EPA and other cases relating to climate change. The panel will also discuss the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and whether the Sackett family [Sackett v. EPA] will get final closure on being able to build on land they contend is not jurisdictional.

Thursday, 9-10:30 a.m.

Buckle Up: The PFAS Rollercoaster Across All Environmental Media is About to Leave the Station” — This panel, featuring leading practitioners engaging in a conversational format, will address the status of critical PFAS-related developments, including the EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap and the latest mitigation and remediation technology and techniques.

Thursday, 2-3:15 p.m.

“From Red Tape to Green Machines: Funding Clean Energy Projects Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill” — With the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment

and Jobs Act into law, as well as the Inflation Reduction Act, federal agencies have and will continue to distribute billions of dollars to remedy crumbling infrastructure across the nation and grow a clean energy economy. This panel will focus on the implementation of environmental justice principles and how achieving equitable outcomes intersects with the practice of law and the role of lawyers.

Friday, 10:45 a.m.-noon

Two section awards will be presented during the conference at a luncheon at noon on Friday.

Black Millennials for Flint will receive the 2022 Environment, Energy, and Resources Dedication to Diversity and Justice Award, and lawyer Patrick A. Parenteau will receive the 2022 ABA Lifetime Achievement Award in Environmental, Energy, or Resources Law and Policy.

Six other awards will be presented during a virtual ceremony to be held later. The honorees are:

  • Earthjustice — Award for Excellence in Environmental, Energy and Resources Stewardship
  • Acequia Assistance Project — Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy
  • Kevin Bromberg and Nancy B. Firestone — Environment, Energy and Resources Government Attorney of the Year Award
  • Chris Stone Symposium on Environmental Law — Law Student Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award
  • Boston Bar Association — State or Local Bar Environment, Energy and Resources Program of the Year Award

Click here for the 30th Fall Conference brochure, including a full list of speakers. For media credentialing and registration, please contact Jennifer Kildee at [email protected] or 202-662-1732. Note: All in-person attendees are required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or have had a negative COVID test taken within 3 days before entering the event.

With more than 8,000 members, the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources is the premier forum for lawyers working in all segments of law related to the environment, energy and natural resources.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.