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Nuclear Law

Nuclear Law

Message From The Chair

The Nuclear Law committee focuses on issues related to nuclear power, nuclear materials, nuclear medicine, state regulation of nuclear materials, and federal, state, and tribal relations. We strive to provide opportunities for professional discourse and information exchange within the bar of attorneys, scientists, and academics interested or involved in the nuclear field.

It’s been an busy year for the Nuclear Law Committee! Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve done and what’s to come:

  • Committee Newsletter: issued 2-3 times per year, the newsletter provides insightful analysis on recent issues and trends in the nuclear sphere.

  • Programming: Committee Conference Calls/Webinars; CLE and non-CLE opportunities.

    • Recent Committee Conference calls included:

      • Building Atom Ants: A Panel Discussion on Small Modular Reactors (June 30, 2015)

      • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Fundamentals (July 22, 2015)

    • Committee Happy Hour at Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulatory Information Conference (RIC) (March 12, 2015)

    • Contact Jane Accomando for details and speaking opportunities.

  • Opportunities to present, publish, network, and collaborate with others in the nuclear field.

  • 23rd Annual SEER Fall Conference in Chicago, Illinois (October 28-31, 2015)

  • 45th Annual SEER Spring Conference in Austin, Texas (March 29-30, 2016)

The Committee is an active participant in the Section’s work, especially through newsletter publication, program sponsorship, and regular updates to this website and our LinkedIn group.

Please feel free to contact me to learn about more ways that you can be involved with the Committee and with your ideas to expand our offerings.

Christine A. Jochim


About the Committee

For upcoming calls, please visit the Events & CLE page, and look for the Committee Program Call tab.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Fundamentals
Presented on July 22, 2015

Program Overview:
Please join us for a panel presentation of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) basics. Topics will include NRC jurisdiction and organizational structure, and an overview of NRC licensing, adjudication, oversight, rulemaking, and enforcement.

Stephen J. Burdick
is a Partner in the nuclear practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Stephen counsels clients across the nuclear industry, both inside and outside the United States. His practice focuses on regulatory and litigation matters before administrative bodies, such as the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This includes a wide scope of licensing activities for nuclear plants, including new reactor projects, operating license renewal, and license amendments. Prior to his career as an attorney, Stephen worked as a Nuclear Plant Engineer for Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. He operated a nuclear plant and trained personnel in the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Stephen received his law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law and his B.S. in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University.

Tison A. Campbell is Acting Deputy Director in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Office of Commission Appellate Adjudication. Tison joined the NRC’s Office of the General Counsel in 2006, where he worked on matters related to rulemaking, enforcement, reactor and materials licensing, low-level waste disposal, waste confidence, and the Agreement State program. From 2013 through September 2014 he was lead counsel for the Continued Storage Generic Environmental Impact Statement and rule. Tison earned a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Virginia.

Jon Rund is Assistant General Counsel at the Nuclear Energy Institute. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating and representing the nuclear industry in litigation matters, including the litigation associated with the Continued Storage Rule. His areas of responsibility at NEI also include a variety of corporate, regulatory, and legislative matters. Jon has over 10 years of experience working in the nuclear industry. Before joining NEI, Jon practiced law in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’s Energy Practice. He also worked as an attorney in the NRC Office of General Counsel and served as a law clerk to the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board.

Christine A. Jochim
is an associate in the Denver office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Christine’s practice concentrates on energy, environmental and natural resources compliance counseling and federal policy, litigation and government enforcement. Prior to moving to Denver, Christine worked in the environment, land and natural resources practice group of K&L Gates LLP in Washington, DC. Christine also worked in the Materials Litigation & Enforcement Division within the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Christine graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law with a Certificate of Concentration in Environmental Law. Concurrent with her legal studies, Christine obtained a Master of Public Health, with a concentration in environmental and occupational health, from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Christine earned her bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College.


About the Committee
The Nuclear Law Committee focuses on the legal issues related to nuclear power and nuclear materials. Nuclear power is more than just the licensing and operation of power plants—the nuclear fuel cycle also involves fuel production, storage and disposal. Nuclear materials are used to diagnose and treat many types of illness and injury; in industrial and construction applications; and in academia and scientific research.

The Year in Review 2014

Every year the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources publishes a Year in Review. The Year in Review is the Section’s annual summary of important developments in environmental, energy, and resources law over the past year. The 2014 nuclear law chapter examines developments related to nuclear waste fees, Yucca Mountain, the NRC agreement state program, the Continued Storage rule, expedited spent fuel transfer, license renewal, foreign ownership and financial qualifications for merchant plants. The 2014 year in review, including a link to the nuclear law chapter, can be found here.

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Committee Events

Nuclear Law Committee Happy Hour at the NRC's Regulatory Information Conference

March 8, 2016
Current committee members and anyone interested in learning more about the ABA’s Nuclear Law Committee, including nonlawyers

Tuesday, March 10 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center Hotel Bar ("On the Rocks")

Please contact Jane Accomando at
with any questions.
We hope to see you there!

Section Events

    Superfund Master Class: Today’s Issues and Tomorrow’s Reforms

    The Gwen

    The CERCLA statute is 35 years old and experiencing an early mid-life crisis. Beginning in 2005, a series of U.S. Supreme Court and appellate-level cases have challenged what we thought we knew about divisibility, arranger liability, the difference between cost recovery and contribution, and the applicability ...

    Key Environmental Issues in U.S. EPA Region 5 Conference

    The Gwen

    Key Environmental Issues in Region 5 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a one-day CLE conference sponsored by the ABAs Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, offering a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue with senior Region 5 and other federal officials, key state environmental ...

    24th Fall Conference

    Westin Denver Downtown

    The 2016 Fall Conference will crown the Sections 2015-16 program year, with in-person discussions of environmental, energy, and resources law that you can only hear at the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) conferences. Each year, Section committees identify the most critical issues ...

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