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Events at WCL and AU
The Future of Standing in Environmental Cases: Trends in the D.C. Circuit and Beyond
Wednesday, May 15 from 12-1:30 pm
Environmental Law Institute (2000 L Street NW, Suite 20036)
Register now to attend this ELI Professional Practice Seminar. The doctrine of "standing" determines whether any potential plaintiff, from an environmental NGO to a regulated company, can be heard in federal court. But applying the seemingly straightforward elements of "injury in fact," "causation," and "redress" that define Article III constitutional shanding has often proven vexing for courts and litigants alike. Over the last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the second-most important court in the nation, has issued a number of dispositive rulings on standing in environmental cases. For example, the court has rejected: two industry challenges to federal agency actions bearing on Clean Water Act jurisdiction; an animal welfare group's challenge to the treatment of Asian elephants by a circus; industry challenges to EPA's "timing" and "tailoring" determinations in the blockbuster greenhouse gas regulation cases; and industry arguments against EPA's approval of an ethanol-gasoline blend ("E15"). Is the standing doctrine shifting in ways requiring practitioners to adjust their pleadings? What pitfalls should environmental practitioners be careful to avoid? How, if at all, do the elements of standing change in the context of climate litigation? ELI invites you to join a panel of legal experts who will take stock of standing jurisprudence in the DC Circuit. They will also offer thoughts on how standing in the DC Circuit may differ from that in other courts, and on what we might expect from the Supreme Court in light of Clapper v. Amnesty International.
- F. William Brownell, Partner, Hunton & Williams (moderator)
- Amanda Leiter, Associate Professor, American University Washington College of Law
- Thomas Lorenzen, Assistant Section Chief, Environment & Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice
- Roger R. Martella, Jr., Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
- Allison Zieve, Director, Litigation Group, Public Citizen
To attend, please visit the registration website. The cost of attending is $119 for non-ELI members and $69 for ELI members, government, and public interest. CLE credit is available.
Webinar: Fracking Litigation - Scientific, Legal, and Business Considerations
Thursday, May 23 from 1-2:30pm
The boom in shale gas drilling through use of hydraulic fracturing technology (“fracking”) has brought both economic development and environmental angst. Vigorous debates play out daily regarding the benefits and risks, with both advocates and detractors rushing to claim that they are best able to determine how America can safely develop its natural gas resources. Adding a layer of complexity, the public interest in fracking also has focused attention on the potential for high-stakes litigation. You're invited to join Bloomberg BNA for a new live webinar that will bring together scientific, legal, and business perspectives on where fracking litigation stands today and where it may be headed. Our speakers will assess the strength of the scientific claims and defenses, and also help companies identify emerging issues to consider whether contemplating investments in shale gas, assessing how best to reduce or mitigate risk, or defending against filed claims.
This webinar will address the most pressing fracking questions, including:
- How is sound science impacting fracking claims and defenses?
- What are the litigation issues to watch?
- What is the view from inside?
- And more!
Events at WCL and AU
Environmental Law Summer Session
May 28-June 21, 2013
Register now to take courses in the Environmental Law Summer Session. Courses span a variety of topics including climate change, trade and environment in the americas, environmental compliance and enforcement, international business and the environment, fracking, and development finance, amongst others.
For more information visit the Environmental Law Summer Session website.
Environmental Law Institute Summer School