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Message From The Chair

Chairman's Welcome

As chair of the 2014-15 Science & Technology Committee, I invite you to participate in the cross-practice committee that impacts all the environmental and energy fields we face today. Our Committee deals with issues impacting most of the SEER substantive practice committees: Can human caused climate change be curbed by new technologies? Can science suggest CERCLA remedies beyond the never-ending "pump-and-treat" model that many sites seems to be stuck in? Can more precise GIS tracking systems better protect our endangered species? What do scientific studies from EPA and others indicate about the new energy sources such as hydraulic fracking? Does the energy lawyer with international clients need new computer technology to protect against NSA snooping of e-mails sent to such clients?
If these or other scientific questions interest you, please join the Committee and get involved. The vice-chairs for this year’s Science & Technology Committee are a mix of lawyers and technical consultants who welcome your input and involvement.

The vice-chairs and their particular areas of focus are:

  • Programs (webinars and Fall and Spring meeting programs): Ravi Arulanantham and Andrea Hogan : If you have an idea for a timely program involving science and the environmental and energy fields, contact Ravi or Andrea.

  • Committee newsletter: Do you like to write? If so, we need YOU. Please contact vice-chairs Nepolina Chhetri or Peter Quinlan.

  • Electronic or social media communications: Attending a conference in Dubai on new climate change technologies? Please tell vice-chairs Ken Gray or Jon Rohrer so they can post it on the Committee's webpage or Tweet the new event.

  • Year-in-Review: The Committee contributes a chapter on science and technology matters to this annual review that is now published exclusively on-line. If you want to participate, contact vice chair, Christine Hein

  • Not sure what you can do, but interested in participating somehow on Committee projects? Please contact our vice-chair at large, Todd Stedeford.

Please join us in Miami for the Fall meeting from October 8-11th. We will be posting more information about the Fall meeting shortly.

Norm Dupont
2014-2015 Chair, Science and Technology Committee
ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Committee Description

The Science and Technology Committee evaluates scientific and technological issues and trends in litigation, federal and state regulatory regimes and legislative developments in practice areas across the spectrum of environmental, energy and resources law.

FORUM FRIDAY - September 26

Jim Jones
Assistant Administrator
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (ET)

Sidley Austin, LLP
1501 K Street NW, Suite 600
Washington DC 20005

Space Limited (20) in-person attendees. RSVP's are required for all participants, even those attending via conference call. Please send your RSVP to Joanne Thelmo, by Wednesday, September 24. With your RSVP, please include your full name and company information for our security check-in process, and to have an accurate count for the breakfast. When arriving, please check-in at Sidley's reception desk in the front lobby.

President Obama nominated Jim Jones to be the Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) in January 2012. Jim was confirmed by the U.S. senate August 1, 2013. He is responsible for managing the office which implements the nation’s pesticide, toxic chemical, and pollution prevention laws. The office has an annual budget of over $230 million and more than 1,200 employees.

From December 2011 through July 2013, Jim served as the Acting Assistant Administrator of OCSPP.

From April through November 2011, Jim served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

From January 2007 until April 2011, Jim served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for OCSPP, including six months as Acting Assistant Administrator. From 2003-2007, Jim served as the Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs. In this role he was responsible for the regulation of pesticides in the United States with a budget of approximately $150 million and 850 employees, making it the largest EPA Headquarters’ program office.

Jim’s career with EPA spans more than 26 years. He has an M.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.A. from the University of Maryland, both in Economics.

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