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Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws : Segment B

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Why You Should Attend?

This advanced one-day course provides the only comprehensive discussion of environmental crimes in the country.

Ever a hot topic, enforcement of environmental law is particularly compelling in these times, when recent Supreme Court decisions and Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency policy directives are affecting case selection, trials, and sentencing in environmental crimes cases.

The faculty, comprised of representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Deepwater Horizon Task Force and Environmental Crimes Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, and private sectors, will engage registrants in an energetic dialogue about the effect recent legal developments will have on enforcement and public protection. But the course does more than just examine developments in enforcement policy and practice – our experts will analyze how cases are brought and offer insights on how lawyers, whether in firms or corporate legal departments, can best serve their clients at various stages of proceedings, from internal investigation to trial to post-trial.

What You Will Learn?

This comprehensive one-day program helps lawyers better respond to environmental criminal investigations and prosecutions; communicate with their clients, including corporate officers and the board of directors; and negotiate and resolve matters with the government.

This year’s featured panels include:

  • Deepwater Horizon: Experienced prosecutors, defense counsel, and a crisis communications expert will examine the many lessons to be learned from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
  • Environmental Crimes Study: The speaker gives us a sneak peak at the initial results of the first comprehensive empirical study of criminal enforcement under U.S. pollution laws. What aggravating factors are present? What charges are brought most often? What are the enforcement trends?
  • Endangered Species and the Lacey Act: Intensified national and international enforcement on illegal trafficking of plants, animals, and wood has led to more violations of the Endangered Species Act and Lacey Act. Learn how the government is using its scarce resources and why.

Who Should Attend?

This program is for lawyers whose clients are involved in real or potential exposure to criminal sanctions, and whose very businesses necessarily involve environmental issues, whether because they are manufacturers; because they hold or develop real estate; or because their businesses involve the use, transportation, or storage of material that can give rise to environmental liability.

Program Schedule:

  • Lessons Learned: Trial of an Environmental Criminal Case
  1. Strategies for approaching, questioning, and cross-examining government fact and expert witnesses (trials in U.S. v. United Water Services, Inc.; U.S. v. Tonawanda Coke) 
  2. Forfeiture issues in environmental crime cases and judicial consideration of fines under the Alternate Fines Act provisions of Title 18 (U.S. v. Sanford Ltd.)
  3. Obstruction cases in the context of environmental criminal investigations (U.S. v. Mix)
  4. Is entrapment by estoppel ever a viable defense?
  • Empirical Analysis of Environmental Crimes Cases (2005-2012)

Is criminal enforcement reserved for violations with the following aggravating factors:

  • Significant environmental harm and public health effects
  • Deceptive or misleading conduct
  • Facilities operating outside the regulatory system
  • Repetitive violations
  1. What statutes are charged most often in environmental crimes?
  2. How often are corporations charged for environmental crime?
  3. Are there geographical disparities in criminal enforcement?
  4. How often are individuals sentenced to jail terms?
  • The Lacey Act and Other Trends and New Developments
  1. Suspension and Debarment
  2. Deferred and Non-Prosecution Agreements
  3. Sentencing Issues

Practice Areas: Criminal Law & Procedure, Environmental Law
Online Media Type: Video
Production Date: 06/05/2014
Level: Advanced
Category: Standard
Duration: 3 Hours, 32 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Total Credits: 3.5
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Status: Reciprocal Credit Available
Expiration: N/A
Training Type: Online

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Colin Black - Trial Attorney, Environmental Crimes Section, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C
Patrick J. Cotter - Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Chicago
Gregory F. Linsin - Blank Rome LLP, Washington, D.C.; former Special Litigation Counsel, Environmental Crimes Section, U.S. Department of Justice
William Pericak - Director, Deepwater Horizon Task Force and Deputy Chief, Fraud Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
Rocky Piaggione - Senior Trial Attorney, Environmental Crimes Section, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
Steven P. Solow - Moderator; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Washington, D.C.; former Chief, Environmental Crimes Section, U.S. Department of Justice
Prof. David M. Uhlmann - Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and Director, Environmental Law and Policy Program, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor; former Chief, Environmental Crimes Section, U.S. Department of Justice
Laura Fernandez - Acting Suspension and Debarment Official, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
Thomas J. Kelly, Jr. - McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Washington, D.C.
Ronald A. Sarachan - Moderator; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Philadelphia; former Chief, Environmental Crimes Section, U.S. Department of Justice
Richard Udell - Senior Trial Attorney, Environmental Crimes Section, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
David T. Buente, Jr. - Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, D.C.; former Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, U.S. Department of Justice
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