|It’s time for the 29th annual edition of the Texas Environmental Superconference, and this year’s theme highlights the ever popular pastime — board games! The Superconference will be held on Thursday and Friday, August 3–4, 2017, in Austin at the Four Seasons Hotel at 98 San Jacinto Blvd., 78701. Registration is only available online at www.texenrls.org or click on Environmental Superconference-2017
The always compelling evening session on Wednesday, August 2nd focuses on “Environmental Enforcement,” and will provide an essential overview of the federal, state, and local enforcement landscape, with practice pointers from experienced government and private party panels.
Speakers include distinguished representatives from the public and private sectors. From the federal government, speakers include: Jeff Wood, Acting US Deputy Attorney General; Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator (invited); Sam Coleman, Acting Regional Administrator, EPA Region 6; Cheryl Seager, Director Enforcement Division, EPA Region 6; and Suzanne Smith, Office of Regional Counsel, EPA Region 6. From the State of Texas, speakers include: The Honorable Drew Darby, Representative, Texas State House of Representatives; Bryan Shaw, Chairman, TCEQ; Stephanie Bergeron Perdue, Deputy Executive Director, TCEQ; Ramiro Garcia, Director, Office of Compliance and Enforcement, TCEQ; Mike Wilson, Director, Air Permits Division, TCEQ; Robert Mace, Executive Administrator, Texas Water Development Board; Emily Petrick, Office of the Texas Attorney General; and Ryan Fite, Assistant County Attorney, Travis County. In addition to other prominent environmental attorneys from the private sector, other speakers include: John Cruden, President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, formerly US Deputy Attorney General; Avi Garbow, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, formerly EPA General Counsel; John Walke, Director, Clean Air Project, NRDC; Adrian Shelley, Director, Public Citizen Texas; Victor Flatt, Chair and Faculty Director, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Center, University of Houston Law Center; Lee Fuller, Executive Vice President, Independent Petroleum Association of America; and Tom Smith, Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers
Topics for this year’s conference include: Case Law Update — “Trivial Pursuit”; ESA Developments — “Mouse Trap”; Pro Bono Opportunities In Enforcement Defense — “Stratego”; Air Quality — “The Game of Life”; Water Issues — “Battleship”; TSCA Update — “Risk”; Environmental Issues In The Oil Patch — Bingo”; Environmental Aspects Of Infrastructure — “Chutes and Ladders”; Texas Legislative Update — “Boggle”; EPA TCEQ Relations – “Jenga”; View From The Top — “Go”; What Now? — “Clue”; News from DOJ; Climate Change And The Ethical Responsibility Of Attorneys — “Don’t Break the Ice”; and Ethical Aspects Of Internal Investigations — “Operation”
A discounted rate is available for government attendees and law students, and additional Superconference details are available online. The award-winning Superconference is co-sponsored by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Air & Waste Management Association – Southwest Section, the Water Environment Association of Texas, the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals, The Environmental Health and Safety Audit Center, and the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.
This year, thanks to a generous contribution from Supporter, EARTHx (formerly Earth Day Texas), the Superconference is offering registration scholarships for up to eight (8) attendees who are employees of non-profit organizations with environmental matters as a significant focus. To apply for a registration scholarship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be taken on a “first come” basis and are limited to one scholarship recipient per organization.
We have applied to the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE for 11.75 credit hours relating to the Superconference, of which 1.5 credit hour will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit, and for 2 credit hours for the Wednesday evening course. Also, we have applied to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 11.75 credit hours of CLE requirements for the Superconference and for 2 credit hours for the Wednesday evening course, for attorneys and legal assistants in the following specialty fields: Administrative Law; Civil Trial Law; Civil Appellate Law; Oil, Gas and Mineral Law; and Real Estate Law.
This year’s Superconference promises to be another great event, so be sure and register as soon as possible before it gets sold out. For hotel room reservations at Four Seasons Hotel, please contact the hotel directly no later than July 12, 2017 and use Event Code: TXEN2017. Rooms sell out quickly.