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Co-chaired each year by Jerry Block and Jud Starr, the 15th Annual ALI-ABA course "Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws" was hosted at Venable's DC office on May 14, 2009. Warren Hamel and Tom Kelly were also panelists on this year's day-long program.
Economically strapped businesses that have cut back on environmental compliance during the recession may be in for a rude awakening by an expected wave of aggressive enforcement under the Obama Administration. Such will be a key theme behind this year's ALI-ABA (American Law Institute-American Bar Association) Conference on Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws, set for May 14 at Venable LLP in Washington, DC.
The upcoming program – the first real look at environmental enforcement under the Obama administration – has secured two noted keynotes in Thomas Perrelli, a newly appointed associate attorney general, along with Fred Burnside, director of forensics and training in the Office of Criminal Enforcement at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The daylong event will cover a full range of environmental law enforcement topics, including internal investigations, trial tactics, sentencing guidelines and penalties, appeals, as well as ethics and professional responsibilities. It is the only conference of its kind to promote discussion between representatives of the regulated community, defense counsel, government prosecutors and policy makers.
The program can be attended live onsite or via live webcast. For more information and a full schedule please visit www.ali-aba.org/CP066.