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Nuclear Law

Message From The Chair

Welcome to the 2014-2015 membership year! 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.

As I start my year as Chair, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to former chair Tison Campbell. Under his leadership, membership involvement in the Committee has grown and we were able to put on interesting and timely Committee programs that were widely attended and well-received. Membership grew so much in the past year that the Committee was awarded the “Best 2013-2014 Special Award on Membership Growth” at the 2014 ABA SEER Annual Conference held in Miami, Florida in October! We hope to build upon these accomplishments in the coming year.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s ahead for the Nuclear Law Committee during the 2014-2015 membership year:

· 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.

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

· 44th Annual SEER Spring Conference in San Francisco, California (March 26-28, 2015)

The Committee intends to be 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

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.

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Program: The History of Nuclear Waste Policy

Recorded - Tuesday August 19, 2014

Listen to the Nuclear Law Committee Conference Call for a panel discussion and teleconference on the history of nuclear waste policy in the United States. We will hear from a distinguished panel of experts on the topic, who will give us their perspectives on this topic.

Listen to the recording:

Playback via the Internet
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3. Choose your player.
3. Click Listen.

Playback by Phone
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2. At the prompt, enter the playback listed in the Conference Details section above.
3. Press #.

Please note that you may listen to this webcast for only 30 days after the program date.


Karen Cyr was the longest-serving general counsel to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In this capacity, she advised the NRC on all matters of law and legal policy and provided opinions and assistance to the agency in all activities, including adjudication, rulemaking, enforcement, legislation, contracts, and personnel matters. As general counsel, Ms. Cyr represented the NRC before other government agencies, Congress, and foreign governments, and served as a member of the Group of Experts, which developed the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

Frank Putzu is an Associate Counsel within the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Department of the Navy, and currently serves as Counsel, Naval Reactors (NR). Mr. Putzu has served in that capacity since 2003 and was promoted to Senior Level (SL) in August 2012. The mission of NR is to provide militarily effective, safe and reliable naval nuclear propulsion plants. NR is an integrated organization of the Navy and the Department of Energy. As Counsel, Mr. Putzu advises the senior leadership of NR on legal and business issues associated with nuclear energy and nuclear waste, government contract law, civilian personnel law, fiscal law, international treaties and agreements, environmental law, ethics, and associated litigation. F. Putzu Bio

Eileen Supko is President at the Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm of Energy Resources International, Inc. She provides technical, economic, and policy consulting regarding nuclear fuel cycle issues to U.S. and international nuclear operating companies, foreign governments, nuclear industry and international transport organizations, and private companies. Ms. Supko is the author of a 2012 study regarding the impacts of accelerated transfer of spent fuel from pool storage to dry storage that was sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and she is the author of an industry-sponsored handbook on spent fuel storage. She has provided expert testimony in fifteen spent fuel damages trials at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. E. Supko Bio

Samuel Brinton is a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering as well as the Technology Policy Program. Mr. Brinton’s research interests are the regulatory and political decisions concerning nuclear waste management along with fuel cycle implications of technologies such as small modular reactors.


Ray Kuyler is a senior associate in the Morgan Lewis energy practice. Mr. Kuyler represents electric utilities and other clients in the nuclear industry on regulatory and litigation matters before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), other agencies, and the federal courts. He advises clients on NRC licensing and enforcement proceedings, nuclear safety and regulatory compliance, internal investigations, radioactive waste disposal, and is an experienced litigator before the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. R. Kuyler Bio

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