On February 9, 2018, Nossaman veteran Environmental Law attorney Steven Quarles will be serving as a member of the faculty for the American Law Institute (ALI) CLE program, Environmental Law 2018.  The full conference, held from February 8-9, 2018 in Washington, DC, is the first national program of its kind, and the slate of confirmed speakers includes top tier environmental sector leaders from both the public and private sectors.  This essential conference has become the place for legal and environmental professionals from across the country to meet and explore emerging trends, crucial developments, and substantial updates in the various areas of environmental law.  Now in its 48th year, Environmental Law will feature a national faculty of seasoned practitioners from the private sector, senior governmental officials, in-house counsel, renowned law professors, and public interest advocates.  In addition to exploring key issues developing in the major areas of environmental law, this conference will also discuss what is ahead under the current administration as well as examine the current significant Supreme Court cases on environmental law.  Additional topics to be addressed at the conference include:

  • Wildlife trafficking
  • The definition of WOTUS (Waters of the U.S.)
  • Private and state enforcement of environmental laws

Mr. Quarles’ presentation is entitled “Public Lands and ESA: Hot Topics and New Challenges,” and will cover:

  • Recent legislative action, agency determinations, and judicial decisions affecting decision-making and processes under the ESA and other federal wildlife laws
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
  • Role of enforcement and prosecutorial discretion
  • The changing mitigation policies for all three laws

CLE credit will be available for both in-person and webcast attendance.  Visit ALI’s website to review the full agenda and register.  To receive a $200 discount on the regular in-person or full video webcast registration fee, please enter the code ALICLEMK at check-out.  We hope you will be able to join Mr. Quarles in Washington for this timely conference.