Environmental Law, Land Use, Energy and Litigation

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34th Annual National CLE Conference®
Environmental Law, Land Use, Energy and Litigation Program Agenda


Program Co-Chairs:                              

Timothy R. Henderson, Rich & Henderson, P.C., Annapolis, MD

Gregor I. McGregor, McGregor & Legere, PC, Boston, MA


  • Gain insights from Experts on  Important Environmental, Land Use and Energy Issues in a
  • Fun Learning Format


  • Network with Program Faculty Comprised of National Experts from Across the Country


  • Take Advantage of This Unique Opportunity to Get Up to Speed on Current Environmental, Land Use and Energy Issues, Including Climate Change, Solar Generation, Net Zero Energy Buildings, Contamination-Related Rights, Duties and Liabilities in Common Interest Developments, Brownfields Redevelopment and Financing, Tax Tips for 2017, Including Conservation Easements, Zoning and the First Amendment, Regulatory Taking, Cannabis/Hemp Law, and Chemical Releases to the Environment and the Implications for Redevelopment, Land Use, and Liability




Wednesday, January 4, 2017


3:00-7:00 p.m.



4:30-5:30 p.m.

Climate Change – The 2015 Paris Accord, President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and Adaptation/ Resiliency Tools Being Built into Land Use Laws

Timothy R. Henderson, Rich & Henderson, P.C., Annapolis, MD


5:30-6:30 p.m.

Crafting Development Agreements That are Win Wins for

Municipalities and Developers

Sarah Rockwell, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, Denver, CO


Thursday, January 5, 2017
 7:00-9:00 a.m.
Distributed Solar Generation … Facilities and Generation … : Key to  an Environmental Revolution or an Expensive Science Project?

Jonathan D. Schneider, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Washington, DC

 Net Zero Energy Buildings: What are They and When Are They Coming: Government   
 Mandates, Legal Barriers, and Financial Incentives for an Idea Whose Time Has Come?
 Aladdine Joroff, Staff Attorney, and Instructor, Harvard Law School, Emmett
 Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, Cambridge, MA  


Legal Issues Arising out of Contamination (from mold, asbestos, meth lab, sewage, cigarettes, lead and PCBs) in Multi-family Common Interest Developments (Condos)  
Mary Goodhue Deutsch, Deutsch & Associates, Escondido, CA

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Plenary Session
Cyberliability: Understanding and Preparing for the Risk
A Panel Presentation By:

Erica Gann Kitaev, JD, CIPP/US, Managing Editor, Privacy & Data Security,  Practical Law,  Thomson Reuters
Paul Karlsgodt, Baker Hostetler, Denver, CO
Samantha Levine, Assistant Vice President, Aon Risk Services, Denver, CO


5:30-6:30 p.m.
Plenary Session – 1 Ethics Credit
An Ethical Hour at the Movies

Larry J. Cohen, Ph.D., J.D., Cohen’s Counsel, Bethel, VT


6:30 p.m.

Wine Tasting Reception

Sponsored by Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP


Friday, January 6, 2017


7:00-8:00 a.m.

Show Me The Money! Traditional and Nontraditional Financing Sources (Including Crowdfunding) for Acquisition and Redevelopment of  Brownfields                       
Kim Lisa Taylor, Real Estate Securities Attorney and CA Professional Geologist, Founder of Syndication Attorneys, PLLC, Saint Augustine, FL 


8:00-9:00 a.m.

 Conservation Easements and Other Tax Tips for 2017
John (Jack) C. Sawyer, Alston & Bird LLP, Atlanta, GA


3:30 – 4:20 p.m.

Optional Bonus Plenary Session (In Civil Litigation Track Room)

Managing eDiscovery Needs in a Big Data World 

David Greetham, CFE, Vice President of Sales and eDiscovery Operations, Ricoh Forensics, Houston, TX With ever increasing volumes of business data, this session will provide an overview of emerging data sources, including the Internet of Things and social media.  We will look at how best to handle these sources from an eDiscovery perspective. Also addressed will be the use of Cloud technology for eDiscovery and the implications that this brings


4:30-5:30 p.m.
Update on Zoning and First Amendment Cases Since the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Sign Regulation in Reed v. Town of Gilbert

 Brian J. Connolly, Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC


5:30-6:30 p.m.
Top Ten Land Use Decisions/Developments in the Past Year

Dwight Merriam, Robinson+Cole LLP, Hartford, CT


Saturday, January 7, 2017


7:00-8:00 a.m.
Using New Markets Tax Credits to Enhance Your Brownfield

Redevelopment Project

Fred L. Schubkegel, Varnum LLP, Kalamazoo, MI


8:00-9:00 a.m.

Cannabis/Hemp Law 101: What Practitioners Need to Know

Robert Hoban, Hoban Law Group, Denver, CO

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Assessing Chemical Releases to the Environment and the Implications for Redevelopment, Land Use, and Liability  

Michael R. Garry, Ph.D., Managing Toxicologist, Exponent, Bellevue, WA


5:30-6:30 p.m.
Update on  Regulatory Taking Law
Gregor I. McGregor, McGregor & Legere, PC, Boston, MA


Sunday, January 8, 2017


7:00-8:00 a.m.
Plenary Session

Evidence, Judicial Holds, and Social Media: How to Advise Your Clients About Their Social Media Use

Jabez LeBret, CMO, Get Noticed Get Found (GNGF), Cincinnati, OH


8:00-9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session

Data Security and Your Ethical Responsibilities: Client Data, Discovery Requests, and Wifi … What Are You Responsible for With Your Data?

Jabez LeBret, CMO, Get Noticed Get Found (GNGF), Cincinnati, OH


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