Environmental Trials Conference

October 16-17, 2017
Washington, DC

The most significant and thorny questions in environmental law are often resolved in the courtroom. Far from being a lost art, the ability to try an environmental case remains a fundamental skill that clients will need in coming years. This year's Advanced Conference on Environmental Trials in Washington, DC provides a rare opportunity for environmental practitioners to learn from attorneys who have tried some of the most significant recent cases in the environmental arena. The conference will feature both criminal and civil practitioners, prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as technical experts, in-house counsel, and experts on trial preparation and strategy. The conference will cut across environmental subject matters, examining trials from contexts as diverse as worker safety and the Clean Water Act. Our program is designed to benefit not only practitioners hoping to learn from the recent experiences of other litigators, but also in-house attorneys who manage trials conducted by outside counsel and consultants hoping to provide effective assistance to attorneys trying cases.

What You Will Learn

  • Federal environmental enforcement in the Trump Administration
  • Criminal trials: Contrasting cases for corporate and individual prosecutions
  • Clean Water Act trials: Lessons from Deepwater Horizon
  • Natural Resource Damages and the ExxonMobil Bayway Refinery trial
  • Whether to go to trial: New Hampshire v. Hess
  • Superfund cost allocation: Northern States Power Co v. City of Ashland
  • Toxic torts: Proving causation
  • Upping your trial game: Advanced persuasion techniques

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