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16th Annual Environmental Law Fall Symposium

16th Annual Environmental Law Fall Symposium – Navigating the Changing Landscape of Environmental Laws, Regulations and Enforcement

Program Date: 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Program Description:
Please join the LACBA Environmental Law Section for an afternoon of lively discussion of some of the more pressing and pending issues impacting environmental law in California and beyond. The 16th Annual Fall Symposium will feature Alexis Strauss, Acting Regional Administrator for EPA’s Region 9, as its keynote speaker. 

The symposium will be held at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel from 12:00 - 4:30 p.m.  Following the conclusion of the symposium, there will be a hosted reception where attendees can catch up with colleagues from around the greater Los Angeles area.  We look forward to an engaging and educational fall symposium and we hope to see you there.  

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Key Note Speaker:  Alexis Strauss, Acting Regional Administrator for EPA’s Region 9

1:00 – 1:10 PM Break

1:10 – 2:10 PM
California and Climate Law: What’s new?
A discussion of the Clean Air Act waiver provisions for California, the current status of California’s cap and trade program, and recent public nuisance lawsuits seeking damages for sea level rise from fossil fuel defendants.
Damien M. Schiff, Senior Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation;
Cara Horowitz, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Co-Executive Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment UCLA School of Law; 
Professor Kathy Trisolini (moderator), Loyola School of Law

2:10 – 2:20 PM Break

2:20 – 3:20 PM
Is Your Product Legal in California?  California’s Green Chemistry Laws 
What you need to know to comply with the recent updates to California’s green chemistry regulations, including the status of DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products Program and Proposition 65, and how the amended Toxic Substance Control Act may impact them, and the potential pratfalls should you fail to comply. 
Karl Palmer, Chief, Safer Consumer Products Branch, California Department of Toxic Substances Control;
Peter Hsiao, Partner at Morrison & Foerster; 
Michael Green, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Environmental Health; and
Whitney Jones Roy (moderator), Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

3:20 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:30 PM
Moving the Needle?  Citizen Suits and Stakeholder Actions as Regulatory Drivers
Private citizens are conferred standing to pursue enforcement actions for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and RCRA, among other statutes.  Along similar lines, many stakeholder groups have been successful in effecting changes to regulatory standards, and influencing decisions by regulatory bodies.  Proponents would argue, especially with evolving federal enforcement policy, such measures are critical to ensuring compliance with laws.  Opponents contend many regulatory decisions are being unduly influenced by political considerations, rather than sound science.  This panel will debate these issues in the context of several case studies focused on a Superfund site, a recent challenge to the State MCL for hexavalent chromium, and Statewide stormwater permit lawsuits.
Catherine Riegle Finley, Senior Legal Counsel at Waste Management;
Steven L. Hoch, Member of Clark Hill; 
Adrian Martinez, Staff Attorney at EarthJustice; and
Sherry E. Jackman (moderator), Counsel at Greenberg Glusker

InterContinental Los Angeles Century City
2151 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Registration: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meal/Reception: 11:30 a.m. lunch
Program: 12:00 – 4:30 p.m.

CLE Credit: 
4 Hours of CLE Credit

Parking available for $18 with validation.

Special Rate for Law Students, Government Attorneys, and Public Interest Attorneys:
There are a limited number of subsidized registrations available for students, government attorneys and public interest attorneys. To apply, please contact John Holloway at john.holloway@bbklaw.com.


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11/3/2017 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
InterContinental Los Angeles Century City 2151 Avenue of the Stars Los Angeles, CA 90067
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