Environmental Litigation Committee
Welcome to the Environmental Litigation Committee website. Our Committee is dedicated to helping its members become better environmental litigators. We believe that we are one of the most collegial and friendly committees in the ABA, and that our members truly benefit from the relationships they develop with other lawyers whose practices are focused on environmental matters.
We are large enough to put on excellent and informative education programs, while being small enough that no one feels left out or lost in the crowd. Year after year the Committee identifies the legal issues and topics that are at the forefront of the practice and brings together lawyers, judges, consultants and in-house counsel to teach and inform our members.
If you are not a member of the Environmental Litigation Committee, we invite you to join us.
The ABA Environmental Litigation Committee will present a Regional CLE program with top-notch speakers from EPA and DOJ discussing recent developments and new initiatives in environmental compliance and enforcement. We are excited to begin the afternoon with John Cruden, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment & Natural Resources Division. David Batson will then lead an environmental ADR panel featuring Administrative Law Judges Barbara Gunning and Leslye Fraser. We are also honored to have EPA Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles updating the “Next Generation” initiative of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Finally a panel led by Kris Dighe, DOJ Environmental Crimes Section Assistant Chief, will provide perspectives on civil and criminal environmental enforcement issues from Ben Fisherow and Jennifer Whitfield both with the DOJ Environment & Natural Resources Division. The afternoon will conclude with an informal networking reception at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
Look for more details on this July 23 Regional CLE, but in the meantime block out your calendar.
Our committee has numerous subcommittees on specific areas of interest—and now they are easier than ever to join. Simply click the "Join" link to the right above and you will be directed to a list of all available subcommittees. We have groups focused on water, air, bankruptcy, toxic torts, CERCLA, eminent domain and much more.
The latest installment of Ask a Mentor is now available on our Young Lawyers page.
Consider joining the Subcommittee of Women Environmental Lawyers (SWEL) during our next bimonthly conference call. The calls discuss committee activities and publication opportunities, allowing members to share successes or questions, and feature a new speaker discussing an ongoing matter or "hot topic" in environmental law during every call. The next call is November 19, 2012, at 4 p.m. Eastern. Contact Maggie Witherup or Gail Wurtzler to be added to the email reminders and to get the call-in number.
The latest edition of the Environmental Litigation newsletter is now available.
Involvement in our committee is a great way to keep your practice up-to-date and get more involved in the Section of Litigation. In addition to seeking contributions to our newsletter and website, we are looking for help with our subcommittees. If you think you might be interested in contributing an article, news & development, or case note; joining a subcommittee; or getting involved in leadership, please let us know.
Message from the Chairs
This year's Joint CLE in Snowmass, Colorado was fantastic! Once again, the Environmental Litigation, Products Liability, and Mass Torts Committees teamed up to present a set of programs that were relevant, informative, and entertaining. The programming, speakers, materials, attendance, facilities, and recreation all combined to make this one of the best Joint CLE Seminars in memory. The credit largely goes to our outstanding Planning Committee. Our thanks go out to Ann Prouty and Matt Coglianese for their terrific efforts on that committee—excellent work! Thanks also to our outstanding ABA Section of Litigation staff support. We are excited that Matt Coglianese has agreed to return to the planning role on behalf of our committee for 2016, along with Jon Schuyler Brooks.
In case you missed it, the presentations at Snowmass included environmental litigation breakouts addressing "Educating the Court on Scientific Issues in Environmental Litigation" and "Regional Perspectives on Environmental Challenges to Controversial Development Projects." The ethics session covered "Can I Do That with This Witness? An Ethics Primer on Interacting with Witnesses at Depositions and Trial." The plenary programs included "In-House Panel—Overcoming the Challenges of 30(b)(6) Depositions: An In-House Perspective" and "Fracked Up: A Case Study on the Interaction of Layered Fracking Laws and Regulations in Different States." If you were not able to attend, check out the course materials.
Our next major CLE programming will be at the ABA Section of Litigation's Section Annual Conference to be held in New Orleans from April 15 to 17. We will be organizing a committee dinner for Wednesday, April 15, so let us know if you will be attending. Register now!
Folks are also working in earnest to plan our May 13 regional cle event in Chicago, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Schiff Hardin's offices. The program will address how to try a CERCLA allocation case, and we expect seasoned trial lawyers and a federal judge, among others, to take us through this significant topic. Please look out for our notice with details for this half-day event. Last on the programming list, we are putting together a group to start the planning of our regional cle event in Washington D.C. in July. Again, look out for our notice in the months ahead regarding the date and location of this second half-day CLE event. We look forward to seeing many of you at these events!
New members welcome! If you have friends or colleagues who might be interested in our Environmental Litigation Committee, please encourage them to join and get involved. It's easy to join!
Cochairs, Environmental Litigation Committee
Our active subcommittees include:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Bankruptcy Environmental Claims
- Corporate Counsel
- Criminal Litigation & Enforcement
- Eminent Domain
- Mass Environmental & Toxic Torts
- Trial Practice
- Young Lawyers
- Joint CLE Summit Meeting
Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs: