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ALI CLE Boston Groupcast: Species Protection: Critical Legal Issues

Co-Sponsored by Massachusetts CLE

Thursday, 5/3/2012, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
9 substantive credits, 1 ethics credits
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Product Description

Why Attend?

Endangered Species Act (ESA) issues are now common and significant considerations in land, water, and energy development activities in many parts of the nation. The Acts provisions also heavily affect other key economic activities, such as timber harvesting, agriculture, aquaculture, electric power generation, and coastal development. Major lawsuits have been filed challenging the application and even the constitutionality of the ESA. To call the ESA the veritable "800-pound gorilla" of environmental legislation is to understate the Acts importance to the species, agencies, landowners, developers, and citizens that fall within the ambit of the broadly worded legislation.

A diverse faculty drawn from the ranks of practicing attorneys in the private bar and attorneys and related professionals in government, the public interest community, academia, and corporate settings ensures full coverage of the Act and of the legal and policy considerations that underlie it.

What You Will Learn

This advanced course of study, comprising nearly 9 hours of instruction, has been designed to provide both a primer on the federal ESA and detailed discussions of ESA provisions and related issues/developments. Top federal officials and practitioners provide up-to-date perspectives on current regulatory and legislative proposals and case law developements. An optional introductory lecture outlines the basic structure of the ESA and its key provisions. A full optional hour of ethics instruction is offered over the lunch break.

Other course segments examine:

  • Species listing
  • Recovery planning
  • Designation of critical habitat
  • Landowner incentives
  • Incidental takings
  • Interagency consultation under the federal Act
  • Emerging issues of climate change and the ESA, including under avian protection laws

Conference Schedule, Day One: Webcast Segment A: - Thursday, May 3, 2012, 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Optional Introductory Lecture on the Federal Endangered Species Act
  • Lawrence R. Liebesman, Erika Eaton Malmen

7:00 P.M.

Adjournment - End of Webcast Segment A

Day Two: Webcast Segment B - Friday, May 4, 2012, 8:15 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.

8:15 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.

Introductory Remarks and Course Overview
  • Donald C. Baur, Lawrence R. Liebesman

8:30 A.M. - 9:15 A.M.

Keynote Address
  • Michael Bean

9:15 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

ESA Administrative Improvement
  • Nicole Alt, Monica Medina, Patricia L. Wells, Ya-Wei Li

10:30 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.


10:45 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.

Special Habitat Protection and Recovery
  • Patrick A. Parenteau, Norman D. James, Jason C. Rylander

11:45 A.M. - 12:45 A.M.

Landowner Incentives
  • Alan M. Glen, P. Lynn Scarlett

12:45 P.M.

End of Webcast Segment B

Webcast Segment C - Friday, May 4, 2012, 1:00 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.

1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Optional Lunchtime Session: Ethical Issues in Environmental Law
  • Lawrence R. Liebesman, Margaret N. Strand

2:00 P.M. - 3:15 P.M.

Climate Change
  • John F. Kostyack, Steven P. Quarles, J.B. Ruhl

3:15 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.


3:30 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.

ESA Litigation and Enforcement
  • Seth M. Barsky, Eric Glitzenstein, Janice M. Schneider

4:45 P.M.

Adjournment - End of Webcast Segment C

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