PHILADELPHIA, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education and the Environmental Law Institute are pleased to announce the return of two courses - Wetlands Law and Regulation on May 14, 2015 and Species Protection: Critical Legal Issues on May 15, 2015. Both programs will be held in Washington, DC. These in-depth courses each offer up to 9 CLE credit hours, including 1 hour of ethics, and expand on mitigation, recent litigation, and regulatory updates.
Wetlands Law and Regulation will provide updates on the proposed rule on Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), new water quality standards rules, and section 404 permitting. Kenneth J. Kopocis, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide the keynote.
"Wetlands Law and Regulation provides a unique combination of attorneys and non-attorney regulatory specialists among the faculty, since much of the work in the field is done by non-lawyers who need to be up to date in this challenging field. In 2015, wetland practitioners need to know the latest developments in wetlands jurisdiction, mitigation and litigation. Attendees will hear from top agency personnel and experienced wetland specialists to get the latest changes in wetlands law" said planning co-chair Margaret Strand of Venable LLP in Washington, D.C.
The keynote at Species Protection: Critical Legal Issues will be given by Michael Bean, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. This course will cover topics including critical habitat designations, aviation protection laws, and state/tribal/local government and the ESA.
"Former Congressman and current Washington Governor Jay Inslee has said, 'What is a fish without a river? What is a bird without a tree? What is the ESA without an enforcement mechanism? It is nothing.' Congressman Don Young, however, says, 'We wonder why we have got unrest in this country. It is because our government, in fact, has got out of hand and out of line, with the ESA.' Who is right? What current trends in the law of species protection address the concerns of both ends of the spectrum? The ALI/ELI ESA Conference will provide the latest information on the current developments in this far-reaching and important law" said planning co-chair Don Baur of Perkins Coie LLP in Washington, D.C.
Attendees will have the option of attending just one or both programs, with optional introductory lections the night before each course. The small classroom environment allows those who attend in-person to get ample opportunities to have their questions answered by top regulators, private practitioners, and public interest advocates, and to network with colleagues.
About American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education
American Law Institute CLE is the continuing legal education division of the American Law Institute. American Law Institute CLE, a non-profit organization, is committed to the work of promoting continuing professional education for lawyers throughout the United States and to creating standards to ensure quality and relevance in CLE programs. American Law Institute CLE is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the legal profession, furthering a tradition of unparalleled service to lawyers. For more information go to www.ali-cle.org.
About the Environmental Law Institute
Since 1969, ELI has played a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management, domestically and abroad. It is an internationally recognized, non-partisan research and education center working to strengthen environmental protection by improving law and governance worldwide. The Institute advances innovative and practical solutions to environmental challenges through its Publications and Associates group, and its Research and Policy group produces research reports and policy recommendations on critical areas of environmental governance. For more information, go to www.eli.org.
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