Environmental Trials | October 16 & 17, 2017 – Washington, DC

The premise for this program was lessons from high-stakes environmental litigation cases coupled with trial practice insights from the cutting-edge tools and tactics that parties to big dollar litigation have created and employed. Our program co-chairs have succeeded brilliantly in putting that combination together.

The ability to try an environmental case remains a fundamental skill that clients will need in coming years. It’s an opportunity to learn from criminal and civil practitioners, prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as technical experts, in-house counsel, and experts on trial preparation and strategy—all of whom are at the top of the game and who have tried the most significant recent cases: Criminal trials; Clean Water Act trials; Natural Resource Damage trials; Superfund cost allocations; and toxic torts.

To be successful, environmental trial attorneys must be increasingly sophisticated in the psychology of persuasion for technical issues and the latest trial research tools. You’ll have an opportunity to hear from leading experts in those fields and ask whatever questions you may have.

For more information, you can check it out here. We think you’ll be impressed with the topics and lineup.

Natural Resource Damages | March 23 & 24, 2017 – Washington, DC

The news today is that the Senate is close to confirming Scott Pruitt as the new head of the EPA and that the Trump administration will rapidly issue a number of Executive Orders relating to environmental policy. By March, we’ll be in a position to much more accurately assess the impact on the approach the government and federal trustees will take towards assessment and recovery of natural resource damages.

Towards the end, we’re very pleased to have both Ken Salazar and Rachel Jacobson speaking at our Natural Resource Damages conference on March 23 & 24 in Washington, DC. Mr. Salazar formerly served as the Secretary of the Interior. Ms. Jacobson formerly served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks and Principal Deputy Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

They join a stellar facility of current federal trustees, state trustees, responsible party representatives, NRD practitioners, and technical experts. At the state level, we’re particularly pleased to have Commissioner Bob Martin with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

This is a great opportunity to share ideas for adapting to federal and state policy changes with some of the more thoughtful people in the field.

More complete information is available here.

SEPA & NEPA | January 13, 2017 – Seattle, WA

sepa_nepaThere are a ton of new developments on the agenda for our upcoming SEPA/NEPA seminar. In addition to our annual analysis of case law trends, we’ll be highlighting the following topics:

  • Impact of the federal FAST Act designed to expedite the NEPA process for major infrastructure projects
  • What to expect moving forward for the Council on Environmental Quality’s Final Guidance on Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change Impacts
  • Implications of the recent SEPA appeal of Okanogan County’s All-Terrain Vehicle Ordinance
  • SEPA issues in the development of affordable housing.

The full agenda is available at http://www.lawseminars.com/seminars/2017/17SEPAWA.php

This program qualifies for 6.5 Washington CLE credits and we’ve applied for 6.5 AICP planner credits.

Tribal Water Law in California | October 27-28 – Valley Center, CA

tribwca-pm-pixabay-creek-320x240Law Seminars International is pleased to announce the publication of our annual Tribal Water Law in California Conference. Our Co-Chairs, Colin Cloud Hampson of Sonosky Chambers Sachse Endreson & Perry LLP and Denise Turner Walsh of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians have been tremendous in helping us to identify some valuable interesting new topics.

Those include:

  • California water fix and plan for the Delta
  • Klamath Basin water and resources
  • Tribal water rights conflicts in times of drought
  • Agua Caliente litigation case study
  • Update on water bond funding for Tribal planning and projects

To view the full agenda and faculty, please visit http://www.lawseminars.com/seminars/16TRIBWCA.php

We hope you’ll be able to join us in person in Valley Center to connect with your colleagues. However, if you can’t make the trip this year, register and tune in remotely to our live streaming webcast, or watch the replay at your convenience. Group, non-profit, and government discounts are available.

Call us at 206-567-4490 if you have any questions.

Register soon to reserve your place!

Transportation & CEQA | November 2 – Los Angeles, CA


“This seminar will feature presentations on the most important developments in the area of transportation impacts. We will hear how the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research has proposed to change the way that traffic impacts are analyzed under CEQA. In addition, we will include case studies about how cities such as Pasadena and San Francisco have already made the transition from LOS analyses to vehicle miles traveled (VMT), and we’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the transition.”

It will be a great opportunity to hear updates and expert legal and professional insight on key issues. Those include:

  • New SB 743 CEQA guidelines for analyzing VMT
  • The current state of the science for modeling VMT
  • Implementation issues to resolve
  • The VMT reduction expectations for lead agencies to contend with
  • Mitigation options and strategies
  • Strategies for meeting the technical and legal challenges in a cost effective way

We hope you’ll be able to join us in person in Los Angeles to connect with your colleagues. However, if you can’t make the trip this year, register and tune in remotely to our live streaming webcast, or watch the replay at your convenience. Group, non-profit, and government discounts are available.

Register soon to reserve your place!

Call us at 206-567-4490 if you have any questions.

To view the full agenda and faculty, please visit http://www.lawseminars.com/seminars/16TRANSCA.php

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | September 16, 2016 – Santa Monica, CA


Law Seminars International is pleased to announce the 12th Annual California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) seminar in Santa Monica.

Our Program Co-Chairs, Jim Arnone with Latham and Watkins and Doug Carstens with Chatten-Brown & Carstens have assembled a truly wonderful faculty and we are very excited about the topics they will be covering.

This year, our faculty will thoroughly examine CEQA law and policy, with special focus on recent big developments, especially in regards to the many published CEQA decisions over the course of the last year.

We’ll be going in-depth on: CA Building industry v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Friends of College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo County Community College District (pending case), CBIA v. BAAQMD and the Newhall Ranch case.

In addition, speakers will discuss the implications of climate change and the resulting GHG emission mitigation efforts, as well as SB743 and the resulting shift in assessment methods.

Join us in Santa Monica for what is shaping up to be another phenomenal educational day of sharing and learning.

To view full agenda, faculty and location information, please visit http://lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=16SEPACA

Endangered Species Act | June 2 & 3 – Long Beach

Credit: Center for Biological Diversity
Credit: Center for Biological Diversity

At our upcoming Endangered Species in California (ESA & CESA) conference we’ll be featuring the Tricolored Blackbird in the context of a case study on voluntary efforts vs. a regulatory regime. The panelists will be Lis
a T. Belenky with the Center for Biological Diversity and Noelle Cremers with the California Farm Bureau. They’ll also discuss Federal backlogs vs. faster state action as a consideration for selecting the best forum and approach for resolving ESA issues.

Two other panels that we are particularly looking forward to address issues arising from state and federal responses to climate change. At the state level, we’ll be addressing the implications of the Supreme Court’s Newhall Ranch decision for consideration of a project’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions. At the federal level, we’ll discuss both changes in regulatory policy and the science used to assess impacts.

Another key new area of concern involves ESA impacts arising from implementation of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. We’ll discuss the physical interrelationship between surface and groundwater and end with a case study of how water suppliers are adapting their operations the Bay Delta.

More information about the program is available here. We hope you’ll be able to join us.