Presented by: Environmental Law Section
30th Annual Environmental Law Section Spring Super Symposium: Thirty Years of Environmental Law – Understanding Today’s Challenges and Planning for a Sustainable Future
Friday, April 8, 2016
Our Section’s thirtieth annual Spring Super Symposium gives us an opportunity to reflect on the current status of a wide array of environmental issues facing our clients, while we also look forward to a more sustainable future. Matt Petersen, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles, will provide our keynote address, speaking about the City’s Office of Sustainability, the Sustainable City pLAn, and related issues.
Our five expert panels, consisting of representatives of government offices, academia, environmental advocacy groups, and private law firms, will provide their insights into several timely topics and practice areas, including recent CEQA developments arising out of the Newhall Ranch case, management of complex groundwater plumes, practice skills in administrative arenas, the latest issues under the Clean Water Act and NPDES permitting, and vapor intrusion concerns.
8:30am to 9:00am
9:00am to 10:15am
Panel 1: Managing the Complex Challenges of Regional, Multi-Party Groundwater Plumes
Multi-party groundwater cases bring complex legal, technical, and regulatory challenges that often require unique management. This panel will provide an overview of these cases in California and across the country. The panel will discuss these challenges and provide different perspectives on lessons learned and the potential for successful resolutions.
Moderator: Suzi Rosen, P.G. – Environmental Services Manager, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Phil Bender – Partner, Ring, Bender, McKown & Castillo, LLLP
Steven J. Elie – Partner, Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP
Sam Unger - Executive Officer, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
10:25am to 11:40am
Panel 2: Challenges to Developing Sites with Vapor Intrusion Issues
This panel will discuss the technical, legal and regulatory challenges to developing sites with soil-vapor contamination, whether such contamination concerns methane, VOCs or other contaminants. The panel also will discuss recent developments concern vapor intrusion.
Moderator: Brent Cheney – Shareholder, Parker Milliken Clark O'Hara & Samuelian, APC
Robbie Ettinger – Principal, Geosyntec Consultants
Paul Cho, P.G. – Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
Ladd Cahoon – Partner, Edgcomb Law Group, LLP
11:40am to 11:55pm
11:55am to 12:45pm
Keynote Speaker: Matt Petersen, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles
12:55pm to 2:10pm
Panel 3: Nuts and Bolts of Administrative Advocacy before the RWQCB, DTSC and AQMD
This panel will cover the basics of administrative advocacy before the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Department of Toxic Substances Control and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The panel will discuss their thoughts on best practices of administrative advocacy in general, as well providing specific advice for practicing before each specific agency. Topics will include handling of routine matters and working with agency staff, as well as enforcement and public hearings.
Moderator: Krista Hernandez – Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
David Coupe – Attorney IV, Office of Chief Counsel, State Water Resources Control Board
Gideon Kracov – The Law Office of Gideon Kracov, Chair of the Department of Toxic Substances Control Independent Review Panel
Ivan Tether – Tether Law
2:20pm to 3:35pm
Panel 4: CEQA and Greenhouse Gases – Recent Cases and Their Implications for Future Cases
In Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Supreme Court overturned an environmental impact report related to the proposed Newhall Ranch residential development. The decision found fault with the environmental impact report’s greenhouse gas emissions analysis and with its mitigation measures regarding protected fish species. This panel will address this California Supreme Court case and other CEQA cases that have addressed greenhouse gas issues, and discuss what they mean for CEQA analyses of GHG emissions.
Moderator: Bay Gilchrist - Assistant Chief Deputy Counsel, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Dean Wallraff – Executive Director, Advocates for the Environment
Meghan Dunnagan – Attorney, Thomas Law Group
Sean Hecht – Law Professor, UCLA School of Law
3:45pm to 5:00pm
Panel 5: Discharges to Groundwater – the Conduit Theory and Clean Water Act/NPDES Permitting Issues
A panel of experts will discuss a recent court decision holding that injections of recycled water into groundwater that ultimately reach the ocean require a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. This case, and the theory that the discharge of pollutants into groundwater that serves as a conduit for carrying the discharged pollutants to waters of the United States, has generated a significant amount of controversy, and the theory has been examined in varying contexts in several other courts.
Moderator: Eric M. Katz - Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Natural Resources Law Section, California Department of Justice
Colleen Doyle – Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP
Shawn D. Hagerty – Partner, Best, Best & Krieger LLP
Colin Kelly – Senior Staff Attorney, Orange County Coastkeeper
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Special Rate for Law Students, Government Attorneys, and Public Interest Attorneys:
There are a very limited number of subsidized registrations available for law students, government attorneys, and public interest attorneys. For more information on the discounted registration price, please contact Jeffrey Margulies via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be prepared to show proof that you qualify for the special rate.
You are invited to join us at a cocktail reception immediately following the Symposium. We wish to thank our sponsors of this reception:
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
JLT US Specialty Insurance Services
Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan
Environmental Law Section Members
Gov’t/Public Interest Attorneys
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