Federal & State Issues
Joe Manko, joined by EPA Region III Regional Counsel and DEP Chief Counsel, returns with this year’s Issues panel and a look back at the most significant environmental developments in the state and region during 2019 and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The highlight, of course, is what to expect in the upcoming election year.
Developments in NGO Litigation – National Litigation
So, you’ve attended sessions on the ERA and land development and are looking for more. Head to this classroom for high-level highlights on validity challenges to zoning ordinances pertaining to oil and gas, FERC-approved pipeline challenges, the Mariner East pipeline cases both at the PUC and in the courts, and other developments that have occurred in the past year.
Major Federal Environmental Decisions
Law professors Amy Sinden and Todd Aagaard will discuss and analyze some of the most important environmental law decisions to come down from the federal courts in the past year.
Recent Developments in Administrative Law Applied to Environmental Cases
Attend for an up-to-the-minute review of recent developments in administrative law at both the federal and state level. The speakers will place particular emphasis on the potential impact of these developments on the practice of environmental law in Pennsylvania. Topics will include a survey of recent decisions addressing and defining the limits of agency discretion and the circumstances under which agency action can be compelled by a court, and updates on judicial deference to agency legal interpretation post Kisor and pending Crown Castle, as well as new appellate rules and other interesting decisions.
What’s Next for PFAS? New Remediation Technologies, Legislation, and Litigation
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – used in a variety of industrial and consumer applications due to their resistance to heat, water, and oil – remain the most widely discussed emerging contaminant due to increased regulatory action and pending litigation. Pennsylvania is among the growing list of states conducting sampling, hiring toxicologists, and beginning the process for possibly setting a state drinking water standard. Join this panel to learn more about Pennsylvania’s path forward; recent federal legislation, including the PFAS Act of 2019; evolving legal theories raised in litigation; and technical considerations and practical approaches for PFAS at sites.
Diversity and Environmental Practice: Why We Need It & How It Can be Achieved
This session will provide discussion on why diversity in the practice of law is important and beneficial to our success in the representation of clients and their interests. We will take a look at the impact of biases and how that may contribute to the lack of diversity. Finally, suggestions will be offered on how to achieve diversity in our respective spaces in the legal profession.
Recorded in July 2020.