Environmental Summit of the Americas

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Eugene Smary

Our American College of Environmental Lawyers recently has increased its external educational efforts, co-sponsoring programs with the Environmental Law Institute and the American Law Institute.  The College has also actively collaborated with other organizations to identify pro bono opportunities for its members in the international environmental arena.  The College is now proud to be a co-sponsor of the Environmental Summit of the Americas being held in Los Angeles on March 29. 

The lead organizers of this one-day Summit are the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) and the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL).  Our College is joining the Canadian Bar Association’s National Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section (NEERLS) as a co-sponsor. 

The topics to be covered in the program are:  Climate Change and Energy/Environmental Policy; Extended Producer Responsibility; Officer, Director, Lender and Parent Company Liability; Permitting and Social License; and Trade and the Environment.  There will also be a special presentation by representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank on its project assessing the quality of environmental regulation in the Americas.  The format for the Summit is intended to be conducive to group discussion for each topic.  Each topic will have several discussion facilitators who will be providing a brief overview of the topic and then facilitating discussion among attendees.  Facilitators include well recognized lawyers from the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, and Peru.  While registrations are still being received, well over 50 percent of registrants are from Latin America and Canada.

Many of us have had a long-held objective of encouraging and developing this type of cross-border dialogue among our colleagues in this hemisphere.  The dialogue already exists in the context of the extractive industries, with groups such as the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation providing a platform for such discussions.  There also has been a long-term, collaborative relationship with ABA SEER and CBA NEERLS that has evolved over the last 15 years and has proven very instructive and beneficial to lawyers on both sides of the border.  More recently a relationship has been evolving between SEER and the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association, and between SEER and SEERIL. 

It has been more difficult to coordinate such a dialogue with jurisdictions having more loosely organized bar associations, particularly with a focus on environmental law.  While there have been some efforts by various international referral networks to develop such a discussion, to my knowledge the Summit will be the first effort by respected bar associations and our College to foster such a broad-based understanding of environmental legal developments.

College members are encouraged to attend.  The Summit will be an excellent opportunity for all attendees to learn from each other in a format which encourages discussion.  Chatham House Rules control.  The Summit is being held the day before the SEER Spring Conference which, hopefully, many of our College members already plan to attend.

I hope to see you there!

Presentation - Climate Change Update, and the Resurgence of Common Law Nuisance in Climate Change Cases

Posted on November 3, 2010 by David Farer

Climate Change Update, and the Resurgence of Common Law Nuisance in Climate Change Cases

Panelists:

Michael B. Gerrard, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia University Law School

Pamela M. Giblin, Baker Botts

R. Kinnan Goleman, KG Strategies
 

Moderator: Karen Crawford, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough 

Annual Meeting Update - Saturday Optional Evening Outing

Posted on August 23, 2010 by Rachael Bunday
Optional Evening Outing
 
The College has booked a ride on the Sam Houston Boat Tour  from 6-8pm for all members and their guests. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be served. Please RSVP to Carol Dinkins (cdinkins@velaw.com) if you plan on attending. There will be modest fee for food and drink - more details to follow.
 
See below for more information about the boat tour.
 
 

Get ready for an unforgettably spectacular waterborne tour of one of the busiest ports in the world aboard the Port of Houston Authority's free public tour boat!

Named for the legendary military commander who led the fight for Texas independence from Mexico and later statehood, the M/V Sam Houston offers free leisurely 90-minute round-trip cruises along the Houston Ship Channel.

Embarking from the port's Sam Houston Pavilion, visiting sightseers can enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels, and operations at the port's Turning Basin Terminal. Measuring 95 feet in length and 24 feet in width, the boat carries a maximum capacity of 90 passengers with air-conditioned lounge seating and additional standing room on the boat's rear deck.

The M/V Sam Houston has been operating as the Port Authority's public tour vessel since its inaugural voyage on July. 30, 1958. By 1979, a total of 1 million passengers had taken the tour.

2010 American College of Environmental Lawyers Annual Meeting

Posted on June 21, 2010 by Rachael Bunday

Houston, TX

October 21 to 23, 2010

 

 

 The American College of Environmental Lawyers is having its Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, October 21-23, 2010 at the law offices of Vinson & Elkins. You may register and pay conference fees below.  Please note that dress attire is business casual.

 

Hotel

We have reserved a block of  85 rooms at the Hilton Americas - Houston (713) 739-8000.  Please make sure to mention you are with the American College of Environmental Lawyers to get our discounted rate of $129 for a single or double room.

 

Agenda

 

 

 


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21

 

6:00 p.m. -  Welcome Reception with plentiful hors d'oeuvres hosted by Vinson & Elkins at The Grove at Discovery Green, across from The Hilton Americas. Open to College members and their spouses/significant others.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22

7:30 a.m. - Breakfast in the Vinson & Elkins Courtroom on the 24th Floor

9:00 - President's welcome and announcements

9:15 - Keynote speaker: John Hofmeister -- Founder and Chief Executive, Citizens for Affordable Energy, Washington, D.C. and author of "Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider;" former President, Shell Oil Company, Houston, TX (retired 2008).

 

10:00 - Break

10:15 - Business meeting, including election of officers and induction of new Fellows and installation of new President

10:45 - Third annual "around the room" introductions of ACOEL Fellows

12:30 - Lunch and Committee Meetings, 26th Floor Conference Center. Fellows who are not currently assigned to a committee, please self-select and join one.

Policy Committee - 26C

Membership Committee - 26D

Programs Committee - 26G

Website Committee - 26H

Afternoon Plenary Sessions in the Courtroom

2:00 p.m. - Pending Actions Concerning the Gulf Oil Spill

Panelists: Bradley Marten, Marten Law Group

John Cruden, U.S. Dept. of Justice

James Bruen, Farella Braun + Martel

  

3:00 p.m. - Break

3:15 - 5:00 pm -  Imagining the Future of the College: An Open, Free-Wheeling Discussion on Mission, Direction and Expectations

                       *chaired by Jeff Thaler and Carol Dinkins, with participation by all

Evening

Dinner:   Choose from several venues previously announced for no-host groups.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23

Morning Concurrent Sessions (26th Floor Conference Center)

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • Session A (26C): Climate Change Update, and the Resurgence of Common Law Nuisance in Climate Change Cases.

Format: Panel discussion with participation of attendees.

Panelists:

Michael B. Gerrard,  Center for Climate Change Law,Columbia University Law School

                        Pamela M. Giblin, Baker Botts

                        R. Kinnan Goleman, KG Strategies

Moderator: Karen Crawford, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough 

           

  • Session B (26D): In the Wake of Burlington Northern: Private Party and Government Responses, and Case Law Developments

Format: Panel discussion with participation of attendees.

Panelists:

Carol E. Dinkins, Vinson & Elkins

Theodore L. Garrett, Covington & Burling

William H. Hyatt, Jr., K&L Gates

Moderator: David B. Farer, Farer Fersko

 11:30 - Adjornment of 2010 Annual Meeting

Afternoon and Evening

 

Excursion Options:

 

1:30 pm - Travel on your own by taxi to meet at The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX 77006, for an overview by Emily Todd, Deputy Director, followed by guided tour of campus.

or

Travel on the Main Street light rail to the Museum District and Hermann Park, where you will find close by:

Houston Museum of Natural Science with butterfly house, planetarium and energy hall, and gem and mineral collection.
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Contemporary Arts Museum
Holocaust Museum
Japanese Tea Garden
Houston Rose Garden at Hermann Park
Houston Zoo

6:00 – 8:00 pm:

Dinner and private cruise of the Houston Ship Channel on the Houston Port Authority’s Sam Houston. Mexican flood catered by Ninfa’s with beer, wine and margaritas. Travel by taxi to 7300 Clinton Drive, Houston, TX 77020; look for Gate 8. Please arrive no later than 5:30 pm at the Visitors Pavilion for boarding. 
 

Optional Evening Outing
 
The College has booked a ride on the Sam Houston Boat Tour  from 6-8pm for all members and their guests. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be served. Please RSVP to Carol Dinkins (cdinkins@velaw.com) if you plan on attending. There will be modest fee for food and drink - more details to follow.
 
See below for more information about the boat tour.
 
____________________________ 

Get ready for an unforgettably spectacular waterborne tour of one of the busiest ports in the world aboard the Port of Houston Authority's free public tour boat!

Named for the legendary military commander who led the fight for Texas independence from Mexico and later statehood, the M/V Sam Houston offers free leisurely 90-minute round-trip cruises along the Houston Ship Channel.

Embarking from the port's Sam Houston Pavilion, visiting sightseers can enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels, and operations at the port's Turning Basin Terminal. Measuring 95 feet in length and 24 feet in width, the boat carries a maximum capacity of 90 passengers with air-conditioned lounge seating and additional standing room on the boat's rear deck.

The M/V Sam Houston has been operating as the Port Authority's public tour vessel since its inaugural voyage on July. 30, 1958. By 1979, a total of 1 million passengers had taken the tour.

 

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Conference Registration Fees and Payment

 

The meeting fee this year is $275 per person. You may use the PayPal button below to pay your conference fees or, if you prefer, you may mail a check to:  

 

Bob Whetzel

Richards Layton & Finger

One Rodney Square

P.O. Box 551

Wilmington, DE 19899

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21

Interview: Obama Administration Environmental Initiatives & Priorities

Posted on May 10, 2010 by Rachael Bunday

On March 4th and March 9th, 2010, Angus Macbeth conducted interviews of Robert Sussman and Igancia Moreno regarding the Obama Administration Environmental Initiatives and Priorities.

Robert Sussman is Senior Policy Counsel for the United States EPA and Ignacia Moreno is Assistant to the Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice.

Audio of the two interviews is accessible by clicking the links below: 

Robert Sussman - March 4, 2010

Ignacia Moreno - March 9, 2010

2009 Annual Meeting - SAVE THE DATE!

Posted on December 15, 2009 by Rachael Bunday

The American College of Environmental Lawyers is planning its 2009 Annual Meeting for October 1-3 in Portland, Maine. A majority of the conference will be held at the Portland Regency Hotel (www.theregency.com). More information and an agenda to follow at a later date.

Power Point Presentations from the 2009 Annual Meeting in Maine

Posted on October 6, 2009 by Rachael Bunday

Climate Change Update

Panelists: Michael Gerrard, Jeffrey Thaler, Linda Bullen, John Cruden

Moderator: Karen Crawford

 

Climate Change Legislation and Regulation

Panelists: Carol Dinkins, Bradley Marten, Stephen Ramsey

Moderator: David Farer

Power Point Presentations from the 2009 Annual Meeting in Maine

Posted on October 6, 2009 by Rachael Bunday

Climate Change Update

Panelists: Michael Gerrard, Jeffrey Thaler, Linda Bullen, John Cruden

Moderator: Karen Crawford

 

Climate Change Legislation and Regulation

Panelists: Carol Dinkins, Bradley Marten, Stephen Ramsey

Moderator: David Farer

2009 AMERICAN COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYERS ANNUAL MEETING

Posted on August 11, 2009 by Rachael Bunday

Portland, Maine - October 1-3, 2009

****THIS MEETING OPEN TO MEMBERS ONLY****

It's finally that time of year! The American College of Environmental Lawyers is having its Annual Meeting in Portland, Maine, October 1-3, 2009 at The Portland Regency http://www.theregency.com. Conference fees may be paid online below.  Please note that dress attire is business casual. The agenda is as follows:

THURSDAY

6 PM: Welcome Reception hosted by Bernstein Shur at the Portland Museum of
Art. Open to College members and their spouses/significant others.

 
FRIDAY

7:30-9:00 AM: Breakfast at the hotel (For members and spouses/significant others, in a large room)

9:00 - 9:15: Presidential Welcome and other announcements

9:15 - 10:30: Round the room member introductions: a quick 20 seconds of  info and humor to introduce yourself and describe what you do in the area of environmental law.
 
10:30 - 10:45: Break

10:45 - 11:50: Business Meeting: 1) Election and Induction of New Fellows (5 minutes); 2) Discussion and Vote on by-law changes (5-10 minutes); 3) Election of Officers and Board of Regents (5 minutes); 4) Plans for 2009-10 from incoming President (15 minutes); 5) Announcement of Committee Chairs and Duties of Committees—Nominating and Membership, Program and Education, Website, and Policy Committees; (5 minutes); 4) Committees each break into separate rooms have a preliminary meeting; those who have not previously selected a Committee can sit in on any meeting (45-50 minutes)

12:00 PM: College lunch at the hotel, guest speaker former Maine Governor Angus King

1:30-4:30: College member presentations/program

 

Session 1:

Climate Change Legislation and Regulation

Panelists:

Carol Dinkins – Vinson & Elkins, LLP

Bradley Marten – Marten Law Group PLLC

Stephen Ramsey – Yale Law School and Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Moderator:

David Farer – Farer Fersko

Session 2:

Climate Change Litigation

Panelists:

Linda Bullen – Lionel Sawyer & Collins

John Cruden – U.S. Department of Justice

Michael Gerrard – Columbia University Center for Climate Change Law

Jeffrey Thaler – Bernstein Shur

Moderator:

Karen Crawford –Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

 

Friday Excursion to Freeport

For those not attending the conference, enjoy a half-day trip to Freeport, Maine. Freeport is home to L.L. Bean’s famous flagship store, several dozen designer factory stores (Burberry, Coach, and Cole Haan to name a few), cafes, and a quaint historic district. Also nearby is Wolfe’s Neck State Park for anyone wanting to hike mild trails and enjoy the foliage, or possibly a stop in at the Delorme Map Store and visit “Eartha” the world’s largest to-scale and revolving globe

Cost $40 per person, minimum of 8 people needed

http://www.freeportusa.com/index.html

Saturday Lobster Bake

Take a short scenic ferry trip across Casco Bay to Peak’s Island. Once there, you will take a short walk to the historic Fifth Maine Regiment for a classic New England Lobster Bake, including fresh Maine lobsters, steamers, corn on the cob, blueberry cake, and more. The Fifth Maine Regiment sits atop Peak’s rocky coast, overlooking Cushing Island,  with quaint garden featuring breathtaking views, and  a wraparound porch (weather permitting) or dining hall. After the lobster bake, you can explore the island and return to Portland at your convenience (or come early and explore!); ferries run hourly through the evening. The bake will start at 12:30, so you’ll want to make the 11:15 (or earlier) ferry from the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal.

Cost $75 per person, minimum of 25 people needed

 
HOTEL

We have reserved a block of rooms at The Portland Regency, http://www.theregency.com, (207) 774-4200. There are a limited number of rooms still available. Please make sure to mention you are with the American College of Environmental Lawyers to get our discounted rate.

 

REGISTER HERE - http://acoel.eroievent.com/

 

PAY HERE - 
To add multiple items you will need to select one item at a time, add to your cart, then select "Continue Shopping".

 

ACOEL Meeting Fee and Optional Additions

 Friday and Saturday Night Dinner Options

Portland is Bon Appetit’s  2010 Foodiest Small Town (article here), and Food & Wine’s Kate Krader has written that Portland’s culinary scene is “all-around terrific.” While there is no shortage of great restaurants in Portland, most of the dining venues are small and intimate. For Friday night's No Host Dinner, we have secured reservations at the most talked (and written) about restaurants in Portland that are within walking distance of The Portland Regency (the conference hotel). Please e-mail acoel@bernsteinshur.com with your first and second choices for Friday (and Saturday, if applicable) night’s dinner. Please have your selection in no later than September 23.

 

555

Five Fifty-Five classifies its cuisine as modern American and New England fare. Chef Steve Corry changes the menu frequently, but keeps some signature dishes on the menu year-round, such as truffled lobster mac n’ cheese, pepper crusted diver scallops with butter and vanilla emulsion, and Bangs Island mussels.

http://fivefifty-five.com/

Reservations: Availability for 30 at 8:00

 

Hugos

Hugo’s chef/owner Rob Evans is this year’s recipient of the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Northeast. Hugo’s passion lies in its love for creative food, good wine and wholesome Maine ingredients. The culinary team at Hugo’s, under Rob’s direction, delivers regional cuisine that is both unexpected yet ultimately familiar. The menu will be a blind tasting menu (prix fixe, $85 per person).

http://hugos.net/

Reservations: 2 tables of 4 at 6:15

1 table of 4, 1 table of 6 at 6:30

 

Fore Street Grill

Fore Street’s menu changes daily is founded upon the very best raw materials from a community of Maine farmers, fishermen, foragers, and cheesemakers, who are also our friends and neighbors. Most of these Maine foods are organically grown or harvested wild, each brought to us at the peak of its season. Fore Street was one of five national finalists for the James Beard Outstanding Restaurant category.

http://www.forestreet.biz/en/Home

Reservations: 2 tables of 10 at 6:00; 1 table of 10 at 9:00

 

Street & Company

Street & Company specializes in fresh, local seafood dishes and is considered by many to be Portland’s best seafood restaurant. In fact, they serve only seafood based dishes. It is a local’s favorite that is in its 20th year of operation. Like most of the menus on this list, it changes daily, but there are a few specialty items that are always available.

http://www.streetandcompany.net/home

Reservations: 2 tables of 6 at 8:00

 

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre serves “old school” Northern Italian cuisine, using produce grown on its owners’ farm. They were named in the “Top Ten Farm-to-Table Restaurants in the U.S.” by epicurious.com.

http://www.cinqueterremaine.com/main.html

Reservations: 2 tables of 10 at 6:30

 

Vignola

Vignola is the sister restaurant to Cinque Terre, and also serves Italian cuisine, in a more relaxed and casual atmosphere. It has an extensive beer and wine menu. Like Cinque Terre, the produce is grown by the owners for farm-to-table freshness.

http://www.vignolamaine.com/

Reservations: 2 tables of 10 at 6:30

 

Emilitsa

Emilitsa boasts a contemporary and casual atmosphere and brings a wide array of Mezethes (small plates), Megala Piata (large plates), and pristinely fresh seafood to the seacoast area. They take pride in honoring the breadth of traditional cuisine from all regions of Greece and prepare their dishes with as many local, fresh, organic, and natural ingredients as are available.

http://www.emilitsa.com/index.htm

Reservations: 16 seats at 7:00

 

Grace

Portland’s newest fine dining establishment is housed in a breathtaking restored church. The eclectic menu draws inspiration from all parts of the globe, using seasonal local ingredients.

http://www.restaurantgrace.com/

Reservations: 1 table for 10 at 7:00

 

For those of you staying for the weekend, also have the following reservations for Saturday night. Please note Saturday and your first and second choices in your response.

 

Fore Street Table for 10 at 6:00

Hugo’s Table for 6 at 8:30

Grace Table for 10 at 6:30

555 Table for 10 at 6:00

National Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages Litigation

Posted on June 11, 2009 by Rachael Bunday

Dear Friends:


On behalf of Richard Curley (Golden, CO) and myself, I am writing to extend a personal invitation to attend the July 9 & 10 Santa Fe, New Mexico “National Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages Litigation.”  The course will be held at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.

The course features national leaders in environmental litigation including:

  •  

      ·       Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Cruden (Washington, DC)
      ·       US Department of Interior attorney John Carlucci (Washington, DC)
      ·       Colorado Senior Assistant Attorney General Vicky Peters (Denver, CO)
      ·       Massachusetts NRD Director Dale Young (Boston, MA)
      ·       Exxon Mobil Chief Attorney Robert Johnson (Houston, TX)
      ·       BP Senior Attorney Jean Martin (Houston, TX)
      ·       Nationally renowned plaintiffs’ environmental attorneys Allan Kanner
      (New Orleans, LA) and John Dema (St. Croix, VI)
      ·       Environmental toxicologist Ken Jenkins (Petaluma, CA)
      ·       Environmental economists William Desvousges (Raleigh, NC) and
      Robert Unsworth (Cambridge, MA)

As well as widely respected environmental attorneys:

  •  

      ·       Brian Cleary (Hayden, ID)
      ·       Donald Fowler (Washington, DC)
      ·       Ira Gottlieb (Newark, NJ)
      ·       Brian Israel (Washington, DC)
      ·       Angus Macbeth (Washington, DC)
      ·       Bradley Marten (Seattle, WA)
      ·       Deborah Tellier (San Francisco, CA)
      ·       Michael Thorp (Seattle, WA)

The course agenda is packed with vital information of high value to any attorney who is, or may someday be, involved in the expanding world of NRD litigation.  Attendees will also get a chance to meet and interact with this extraordinary faculty in a selective and intimate environment, including a catered, cost-free reception on the evening of July 9.

Please take a moment to review the brochure from program sponsor Law Seminars International (see http://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=09NRDNM).  If, as I hope, you are able to join us, please take advantage of the $150 discount offered to friends and clients of Farella Braun + Martel LLP.  To do so, please mention the “FBM Discount” in the comments box of the registration page or when registering by phone at (800) 854-8009.

This is an exciting opportunity to see this august assemblage of environmental experts at one national program.  The atmosphere of Santa Fe is an added bonus.  We hope to see you there.

With best regards,
James A. Bruen

2009 Annual Meeting - SAVE THE DATE!

Posted on December 15, 2008 by Rachael Bunday

The American College of Environmental Lawyers is planning its 2009 Annual Meeting for October 1-3 in Portland, Maine. A majority of the conference will be held at the Portland Regency Hotel (www.theregency.com). More information and an agenda to follow at a later date.

Conferences and Events

Posted on December 6, 2007 by Rachael Bunday

The ACOEL group will be meeting on January 31st during the Lex Mundi North American Regional Conference in Miami. The meeting will take place at the Miami office of the law firm Akerman Senterfitt, from 12:15 - 2:45.