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Events at American University Washington College of Law

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Environmental Law Summer Session

From May 31 to June 24, we'll be holding our Environmental Law Summer Session! CLE credit is available. If you are interested in attending, visit our website.

DC Area Events

DC Green Scene

DC Green Scene is a new website that compiles energy and environment events in Washington, DC. They list policy seminars, conferences, congressional hearings, and media events happening here. Check out the DC Green Scene website!

ELI Summer School: An Introduction to Careers in Environmental Law & Policy

Wednesday, June 8, 12-2pm
Environmental Law Institute (1730 M Street NW, Suite 700)

Each summer, ELI convenes a complimentary seminar series that offers an introduction to the legal and policy foundations of environmental protection in the United States. The series is cosponsored by the D.C. Bar's Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section. ELI's Summer School is a series of brown-bag lunch seminars taught by experts in their fields, introducing the audience to the major environmental statutes (including NEPA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, TSCA, RCRA, and CERCLA) and land use law. Faculty will also incorporate major regulatory and judicial updates to the laws.

ELI's Summer School Series begin with an afternoon session to introduce attendees to the many career options in the realm of environmental law and policy. Speakers are drawn from diverse practices and backgrounds:

  • business sustainability,
  • law firm litigation,
  • federal government,
  • public interest, and
  • international policy.

Brett Korte, Director of Professional Education; Staff Attorney, ELI
Margaret Bowman, Principal, Bowman Environmental Consulting, LLP
Charles Di Leva, Chief Counsel, Environmental and International Law, The World Bank
Linda Tsang, Legislative Attorney, Library of Congress
Peter Whitfield, Associate, Baker & Hostetler LLP

Registration Required by June 3:

DC Bar & ELI: Monthly Networking Event for Environmental Professionals

Wednesday, June 8, 5:30-7:30pm
Laughing Man Tavern (1306 G Street NW)

The D.C. Bar's Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section and the Environmental Law Institute invite you to attend free networking events on the second Wednesday of every month. Please see below for the list of dates for this networking event! Light appetizers will be provided; other refreshments are at your own expense. Members and friends of both organizations are welcome! Attendees must be over 21 years of age. The event will be held in the Sideline Room of the Laughing Man Tavern, an area on the lower level and to the right when facing the bar. Nearest Metro Stations: Metro Center and McPherson Square. This is a free event, registration is required.

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ELI Summer School: NEPA, ESA & Fundamentals of Environmental Law

Thursday, June 16, 12-2pm
Environmental Law Institute (1730 M Street NW, Suite 700)

The oldest major environmental statutes that we know today have existed for little more than 40 years. This session will serve as an introduction to the framework of environmental law and also will highlight two major statutes:

  • the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), known as the "Magna Carta" of environmental law, and
  • the Endangered Species Act (ESA), known as the “pit bull” of environmental law.

This course will highlight how modern environmental law has evolved and discuss ways it is meeting today’s challenges. 

James Auslander, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Jane P. Davenport, Senior Staff Attorney, Defenders of Wildlife

Registration Required by June 13:

ELI Summer School: Basics of Land Use Law

Thursday, June 3, 12-2pm
Environmental Law Institute (1730 M Street NW, Suite 700)

Land use planning touches everyone. This course will focus on the primary elements of land use planning law:

  • zoning,
  • comprehensive planning, and
  • eminent domain.

Our speaker will describe the history of Euclidean or "suburban" zoning and urban planning and more recent trends in approaches to planning communities. Other topics that will be addressed:

  • smart growth, transportation issues, and green building initiatives; and
  • the inter-agency cooperation that led to holistic approaches to planning land, building, water, and infrastructure needs to reduce energy costs and climate change impacts.

Gus Bauman, Of Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Registration Required by June 20:

ELI Summer School: Basics of the Clean Water Act

Thursday, June 30, 12-2pm
Environmental Law Institute (1730 M Street NW, Suite 700)

When first written in 1972, the Clean Water Act called for ending pollution by the 1980s. This course will examine the progress made to date, and the progress yet to be made to achieve this goal. The faculty will address:

  • the regulatory and permitting framework for limiting water pollution, and
  • the important distinction between point sources and nonpoint sources.

Although "water" is a straightforward concept, two recent Supreme Court decisions have created enormous confusion surrounding what types of water are subject to federal regulation. The seminar will also highlight:

  • the distinctions between the regulation of water quality versus water quantity, and
  • the considerations that policymakers face in light of growing demands for water in the context of energy needs and climate change.

Nizanna Bathersfield, Attorney Advisor, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Matthew B. Henjum, Staff Attorney, Chesapeake Legal Alliance

Registration Required by June 27:

ELI Summer School: Basics of the Clean Air Act

Thursday, July 14, 12-2pm
Environmental Law Institute (1730 M Street NW, Suite 700)

The Clean Air Act has a major impact on both human health and the economy. The Act and its implementing regulations are at the center of many of the most pressing controversies in environmental law. The Clean Air course makes this complex area accessible by providing real world examples of air quality planning, including:

  • permitting programs,
  • standards for mobile sources, and
  • special programs developed to improve air quality such as the acid rain program.

The seminar will address the developments leading to the enactment of the Clean Air Act in 1970 and its 1990 amendments, and the key federal actions being taken under the Clean Air Act to address climate change.

To be announced--please check back later...

Registration Required by July 11:

ELI Summer School: Hazardous Waste and Sites

Thursday, July 21, 12-2pm
Environmental Law Institute (1730 M Street NW, Suite 700)

Environmental law has brought about a sea change in how we manage waste. Faculty will explore both the dense regulatory efforts and the simple liability efforts used to bring about this change with emphasis on:

  • the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and
  • the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

The speakers will discuss events that led to the enactment of CERCLA and address uncertainties that still exist in RCRA, such as the definition of waste and the rules for recycling.

Adam Riedel, Associate, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Registration Required by July 18:

ELI Summer School: Law & Policy of Products Regulation

Thursday, July 28, 12-2pm
Environmental Law Institute (1730 M Street NW, Suite 700)

The life cycle of industrial, agricultural, and antimicrobial chemical products, especially those embedded in consumer products, has gained increasing public attention. Regulators are beginning to look at the entire product life cycle, including after the discard of a product at the end of its useful life, not just toxicity data. This course will:

  • examine the regulation of chemicals that are used in industrial and consumer products, as well as pesticides, and
  • describe the new governance and stewardship initiatives being considered globally by a wide variety of stakeholders to diminish the potential for adverse effects from chemicals.

Lynn Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Registration Required by July 25:

Past Events

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