September 08, 2015

Highlights of the Upcoming ACOEL Annual Meeting – NYC

Posted on September 8, 2015 by David B. Farer

On October 15-17, 2015, the Fellows of the American College of Environmental Lawyers will be gathering in New York City for our 2015 annual meeting.

Registration for the annual event has been strong.  Those Fellows who plan to attend, but who have not yet registered, are urged to do so now as deadlines are imminent, particularly for the room block and for the tour described below.

Some of the highlights of this year’s meeting are:

  • Thursday afternoon, October 15:  World Trade Center lecture tour and visit to the 9/11 Memorial:  An on-site lecture/tour of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, emphasizing the environmental aspects of the rebuilding process, followed by a visit to the 9/11 Memorial.  (Registration for this event closes the week of September 7.)
  • Thursday evening:  Welcome Cocktail Reception at the New York Athletic Club, followed by the College’s customary dine-arounds.
  •  Friday, October 16:  A full day of business and committee meetings and education sessions at the New York Athletic Club, including:

o   Keynote speech by Jody Freeman of Harvard Law School:  The Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan:  Is it Legal?

o   Crude by Rail: Staying Nimble in Times of Unprecedented Change, presented by Eileen D. Millett (Epstein Becker & Green), James A. Bruen (Farella Braun + Martel), Edward F. McTiernan (New York State DEC) and E. Gail Suchman (Stroock & Stroock & Levan)

o   Big City, Big Environmental Challenges, Big Opportunities, presented by Eric A. Goldstein (NRDC), Daniel Riesel (Sive, Paget & Riesel)  and Nilda Mesa (NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability)

  •  Friday evening:  Dinner reception at the Lincoln Ristorante, located at Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts, by the Henry Moore Sculpture Pond between the Metropolitan Opera House and Avery Fisher Hall.
  • Saturday morning, Oct. 17:  A half-day of education sessions:

o    Sediment Cleanups: Stuck in the Mud?, presented by John Connolly (Anchor QEA), William H. Hyatt, Jr. (K&L Gates) and Walter Mugdan (U.S. EPA Region 2)

o    Leading Cases and Other Highlights of the Past Year, presented by John Cruden (U.S. Department of Justice) and Robert Percival (Univ. of Maryland School of Law)

  •  Saturday evening:  Jazz Dinner Dance at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, located at the historic Westbeth Artists Community in West Greenwich Village, featuring the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra.


Further details for ACOEL Fellows are available on the ACOEL website.  Here’s to seeing many of the Fellows in New York City!

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