CHICAGO, Oct. 4, 2023 – The American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources will hold its 31st Fall Conference Oct. 11-13 in Washington, D.C.
The conference will feature informed discussion of topics such as the environmental law implications of implementing the Justice40 Initiative, recent Supreme Court jurisprudence, practical tips for new and impending ESG disclosure rules, the latest in the Brownfields redevelopment space and more.
31st Fall Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 11-13
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW
Program highlights include (all times are EDT):
“Wading into the Murky Waters of Recent Supreme Court Jurisprudence” — Driven by an entrenched conservative majority that’s likely to endure for a generation, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to fundamentally reshape the landscape of environmental and administrative law in an era where environmental, public health and climate challenges are more pressing than ever. This panel will focus on key decisions from the court’s recent terms and preview the major cases of the 2023 term.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday
“Water Woes: Ensuring Safe Drinking Water after Flint, Newark and Jackson” —
Nearly 50 years after enactment of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and nearly 10 years after the onset of Flint, Michigan’s drinking water crisis, there are communities across the United States without adequate supplies of safe drinking water. Using the ongoing issues in Jackson, Mississippi, as a backdrop, this panel will feature seasoned environmental litigators exploring the strengths and shortcomings of litigating under the SDWA.
2:30-3:45 p.m. Thursday
“Owls and Eagles and Wolves, Oh My! The Endangered Species Act 50 Years Later” — This panel will look back on the major cases that shaped the implementation of the Endangered Species Act over the years and discuss its impact on the conservation of threatened and endangered species.
4:15-5:30 p.m. Thursday
“Produce with a Side of PFAS? How the Forever Chemical Impacts the Food System from Plants to Poultry to Packaging” — In the past five years, PFAS and microplastics have burst into the public spotlight as growing environmental concerns for consumers, legislators, industries and administrative agencies. This panel will discuss emerging issues for these contaminants, including lawmaker and agency efforts to address PFAS and microplastics contamination in our food system.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Friday
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.