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Environmental Law Forum 2024

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In-Person - Both Days - Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg
One North Second Street, Second & Market Streets, Harrisburg PA, 17101
STARTWed., Apr. 10, 2024
9:00 AM
ENDThu., Apr. 11, 2024
4:15 PM
CLE 10 sub/2 eth PRICE Regular: $575.00
New Attorney: $288.00
In-Person - Day One - Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg
One North Second Street, Second & Market Streets, Harrisburg PA, 17101
STARTWed., Apr. 10, 2024
9:01 AM
ENDWed., Apr. 10, 2024
5:15 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $350.00
New Attorney: $175.00
In-Person - Day Two - Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg
One North Second Street, Second & Market Streets, Harrisburg PA, 17101
STARTThu., Apr. 11, 2024
8:30 AM
ENDThu., Apr. 11, 2024
4:15 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $350.00
New Attorney: $175.00


Join us in Harrisburg for the 2024 Environmental Law Forum!

For more detailed information, including schedule and session descriptions, please check out the digital brochure.

Speakers who will engage you; concepts that will challenge you…updates, changing laws, developing legislation, new technologies

Registration is open! Reserve your seat now for the premier environmental law event of the year.

Gathering ground to attorneys in private practice and public service, engineers, consultants, professors, and scientists, this event puts you in the hot seat: learn, network, exchange, debate!

Revitalize & energize your practice—reap the benefits all year long

  • Delve into unexplored areas of environmental law
  • Seek out the advanced-level classes to revitalize your practice
  • Earmark the sessions that offer legislative and regulatory updates
  • Learn proactive strategies for balancing green against green
  • Network, network, network!

Tailor your experience with an agenda that offers something for everyone (agenda developing as you read this!)

Choose sessions from this year’s featured tracks:

  • Policy
  • Basics
  • Regulatory
  • Technical Issues for Lawyers
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Updates
  • Climate & Sustainability
  • In the Weeds on Hot Topics



9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Opening Remarks/Keynote Address by Jessica Shirley, Interim Acting Secretary, PA DEP

9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

  • State & Federal Environmental Issues
  • Who Fights for the Environment: Are there “sides” in environmental and energy law?  (Basic)
  • Land Use / Zoning Update
  • PFAS Technical Developments, Current Issues, and What Lawyers Need to Know about the Interconnection between Law and Science

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Big Opportunities:  The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) 
  • Basics of Federal and Pennsylvania Air Pollution Regulation (Basic)
  • Environmental Rulemaking w/ DEP Policy Development
  • Cumulative Risk Assessment for Environmental Justice (ethics)

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

  • Environmental Justice: From Policy to Practice
  • Water Law (Basic)
  • Repowering Pennsylvania – Managing The Energy Transition
  • Assessing the Practical and Legal Aspects of Generative Artificial Intelligence (ethics)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Environmental Rights Amendment
  • Site Remediation / Act 2 (Basic)
  • Managing Expectations and Emotions in Tough Cases: A Primer on Communication Skills
  • Advancing Infrastructure Resiliency in the Face of High Impact, Low Frequency Events

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

  • Planners’ Roundtable: Climate Conscious Lawyering Revisited (ethics)
  • Oil & Gas Law (Basic)
  • Toxicology and Human Health Risk Assessment: An Introduction with Applications


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Major Federal Environmental Decisions
  • Water Law Update (Update)
  • Hydrogen & CCS

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

  • Attorneys Fees in Environmental Litigation: Legislative Intent and Judicial Interpretation
  • Site Remediation / Act 2 (Update)
  • Ensuring a Reliable Energy Transition
  • Climate Change: Thinking Globally and Acting Pennsylvanian

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Environmental Evidence - Acquiring, Admitting, and Advocacy 
  • 2024 State and Federal Air Update (Update)
  • ESG: What Is It and How Important Is It?
  • Challenges to Pipeline Permits – Who Has Jurisdiction?

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Environmental Hearing Board Roundtable
  • Oil & Gas Law (Update)
  • Climate Change Litigation:  Past, Present and Future
  • PFAS Regulation in the Environment and Products

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

  • Trends in State and Federal Enforcement of Environmental Crimes
  • Project Objection (ethics)
  • Climate Risk Disclosures

PBI is delighted to co-sponsor this Forum with the PBA Environmental and Energy Law Section .



The day doesn’t end when the last class lets out on Wednesday—join your colleagues at the PBA EEL Section Reception and toast the day, the year, the practice, or whatever motivates you to celebrate! We’ll provide the food and spirits; you provide the conversation and good cheer at this happy hour hot spot. 

PBA EEL SECTION ANNUAL DINNER - Make Your Reservation Here

The camaraderie lives on at the Section’s Annual Dinner, immediately following the reception on Wednesday evening—this is a “must attend” for all environmental professionals! Join the Section as they honor retired EHB Chairman, Hon. Thomas W. Renwand, with their Annual Achievement Award, catch up with old friends, and make new and lasting contacts over fabulous food and drink. Reservations must be made through PBI. Reservations canceled after April 8 will not be refunded. 


Always a highlight of the dinner, this year's award goes to Chairman Thomas W. Renwand, retired judge of the EHB. Join in recognizing his career of service to the environment and legal practice.

Vegan and gluten free meals are available but must be requested in advance. Contact Stacey Thomas at 800-932-4637 x6298 or sthomas@pbi.org


Harrisburg Hilton & Towers 
2nd & Market Streets 
Don’t risk a sellout—reserve your overnight accommodations today! Contact the Hilton at (717) 233-6000 and mention the Forum (Group code 90Z) to receive reduced rate, $157 plus taxes OR make your reservation on line .

Rate guaranteed until 3/19/2024. 


All attendees will receive the course materials as a digital download. A link will be emailed to all registrants prior to the meeting for downloading, viewing and printing of CLE materials.

ProPass - does not apply to institute programs.

Public Interest Attorneys are eligible for our standard Public Interest Discount of 50%. Please visit our website for more information: Discounts, Scholarships & In-Home Study .

Special thanks to our exceptional planning team

  • Alexandra C. Chiaruttini, Esq., The York Water Company, York
  • Kevin J. Garber, Esq., Babst Calland, Pittsburgh
  • John H. Herman, Esq., Regional Counsel, PA DEP Southwest Regional Office, Pittsburgh
  • David G. Mandelbaum, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Philadelphia
  • Carol F. McCabe, Esq., Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP, Bala Cynwyd
  • Curtis C. Sullivan, Esq., Supervisory Counsel, PA DEP Office of Chief Counsel, Harrisburg
  • Matthew L. Wolford, Esq., Educational Liaison, PBA Environmental & Energy Law Section, Wolford Law, Erie
Practice Areas


Jeffrey R. Bailey Esq. PA Department of Environmental Protection
Emma H. Bast Esq. PennFuture - Citizens for PA's Future (SE)
Hon. Steven C. Beckman PA Environmental Hearing Board - Erie
Matthew N. Beekhuizen Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Ft Lauderdale)
Stephen Bennett PJM Interconnection, LLC
Andrew T. Bockis Esq. Saul Ewing LLP (Hbg)
Steven R. Boomhower Ph.D. Gradient
Robert H. Boos Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority
Lorene L. Boudreau Esq. Ballard Spahr LLP (Phila)
Angela S. Bransteitter Davis Esq. Department of Environmental Protection - Office of Chief Counsel
Michael A. Braymer Esq. Department of Environmental Protection
Eleanor Breslin Clean Air Council
Denise M. Brinley TRC Companies, Inc.
C. Baird Brown eco(n)law LLC
Paul J. Bruder Jr. PA Environmental Hearing Board (Hbg)
Gina Falaschi Buchman Esq. Babst Calland (Washington DC)
Alexandra C. Chiaruttini Esq. The York Water Company
Hon. Sarah L. Clark PA Environmental Hearing Board (Hbg)
Elowyn Corby Vote Solar & Vote Solar Action Fund
Colleen Costello PG Sanborn Head & Associates, Inc
Adam H. Cutler Esq. Fox Rothschild LLP (Exton)
Karen H. Davis Esq. Fox Rothschild LLP (Exton)
Shannon A. DeHarde Esq. Repsol Services Company
Prof. John C. Dernbach Widener University Commonwealth Law School
William J. Donohue Esq. Temple University Fox School of Business
Adam T. Duh Esq. PA Department of Environmental Protection
Thomas M. Duncan Esq. Manko Gold Katcher & Fox LLP
Elizabeth A. Dupuis Esq. Babst Calland (State College)
James Fenstermacher PE Ramboll
Timothy M. Fitchett Esq. Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services
Rebecca S. Franz Esq. PA Office of Attorney General
Kevin J. Garber Esq. Babst Calland (Pgh)
Scott A. Gould Esq. McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC (Hbg)
Daryl D. Grable Esq. Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Kaye L. Guille PE, PMP ARM Group LLC
Mark Heaney Geosyntec Consultants
John H. Herman Esq. PA DEP Southwest Regional Office
Caleb J. Holmes Esq. Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Phila)
Jessica D. Hunt Esq. Manko Gold Katcher & Fox LLP
Abigail M. Jones Esq. PennFuture - Citizens for PA's Future (NE)
Vera N. Kanova Esq. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - Office of General Counsel
Matthew A Kessler Esq. PA Department of Environmental Protection
Brigid Landy Khuri Esq. McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC (Hbg)
Lori Kier Esq. Environmental Integrity Project
Kurt E. Klapkowski Esq. PA Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Oil and Gas Management
Hon. Bernard A. Labuskes Jr. PA Environmental Hearing Board (Hbg)
Leda J. Lacomba Esq. PA Department of Environmental Protection
Tyler Ladd P.E. SEPTA
David Lastra Esq. US EPA Region 3
Clifford B. Levine Esq. Dentons
Kacy C. Manahan Esq. Delaware Riverkeeper Network
David G. Mandelbaum Esq. Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Phila)
Joseph M. Manko Esq. Manko Gold Katcher & Fox LLP
Melissa W. Marshall Esq. Mountain Watershed Association
Elizabeth R. Marx Esq. Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
Kaitlyn R. Maxwell Esq. Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Phila)
Prof. James R. May Widener University - Delaware Law School Library
Carol F. McCabe Esq. Manko Gold Katcher & Fox LLP
Devin McDougall Esq. Earthjustice
Robert B. McKinstry Jr., MSF, Esq.
Lisa C. McManus Esq. Pennsylvania General Energy Company LLC
Steven T. Miano Esq. Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller (Phila)
Heather Mikes DO UPMC
Jean M. Mosites Esq. Babst Calland (Pgh)
Margaret O. Murphy Esq. PA Department of Environmental Protection
Tanya C. Nesbitt Esq. Thompson Hine LLP
Michael C. Nines P.E., LEED AP Manko Gold Katcher & Fox LLP
Tyra Oliver Esq. PA Department of Environmental Protection
Adam Peltz Esq. Environmental Defense Fund (NY)
Samantha Phillips Esq. Steptoe & Johnson PLLC (Ptbg)
Beverly H. Rampaul Esq. Department of Environmental Protection - Office of Chief Counsel
David J. Raphael Esq. K & L Gates LLP (Hbg)
Brian Regli Ph.D. Office of the Governor
Kathleen A. Ryan Esq. PA DEP
Jessica Shirley PA DEP
Prof. Amy Sinden Temple University Beasley School of Law
Michael Sklaroff Esq. PA Bipartisan Climate Initiative, Inc.
Jennifer A. Smokelin Esq. Reed Smith LLP (Downtown Pitts)
Mathy V. Stanislaus Esq. Drexel University
Daniel P. Stare P.E. Gannett Fleming Inc.
Edward S. Stokan Esq. PA DEP Southwest Regional Office
Curtis C. Sullivan Esq. Department of Environmental Protection - Office of Chief Counsel
Aaron L. Szabo Esq. Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (DC)
Gina M. Thomas Esq. PA Department of Environmental Protection
Donna L. Travia Esq. US Environmental Protection Agency
Kathryn L. Urbanowicz Esq. Clean Air Council
Jesse C. Walker Esq. PA Department of Environmental Protection
Timothy Walsh Doral Renewables
Richard T. Watling Esq. PA Department of Environmental Protection
Shawn W. Weis Esq. Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority
Hon. Maryanne Wesdock PA Environmental Hearing Board (Ptbg)
Candee Wilde Esq. McCarter & English LLP (Phila)
Chad A. Wissinger Esq. Dentons Cohen & Grigsby
Matthew L. Wolford Esq. Wolford Law Firm
Faculty may vary by location.
PBI reserves the right to substitute speakers at all programs.
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