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NEPA Case Law Update
Thursday, September 05, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT
Category: Webinars

NEPA Case Law Update 

September 5, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT


The National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) will host its annual National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Case Law Update webinar on Thursday, September 5, 2019.  This webinar will review substantive NEPA cases issued by United States Courts of Appeals in 2018.  The implications of the decisions and relevance to NEPA practitioners will be explained by our expert panelists.  The panelists will describe a selection of opinions issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals circuits and provide statistics regarding the NEPA appellate opinions, such as ten-year record of NEPA cases, organized by circuit, and by year.  The panelists will discuss the trends in the court opinions involving NEPA for 2018, with an emphasis on substantive NEPA practice.  Past trends include challenges to purpose and need, alternatives considered, public comment, scientific impact assessment methodologies, greenhouse gas impact assessment, incomplete or unavailable information, determination of significance, segmentation, duty to supplement, connected actions, federal actions, cumulative impact assessment, mitigation, monitoring and adaptive management.  Please join us for this popular webinar offering.

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Laura Throne, BS, PMP, Larua Thorne Consulting Syracuse, New York


Michael Smith, GEI Consultants

Dr. Smith is a leading National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance practitioner with over 20 years of experience in environmental impact assessment, project and program management, technical analysis, policy development, and training/education for a wide range of public and private sector clients. He is currently a Senior Environmental Practice Leader with GEI Consultants in Sacramento, CA, one of North America’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms. GEI has provided consulting and engineering services on over 35,000 projects in all 50 U.S. states and internationally in over 20 countries. He has managed and provided compliance review for some of North America’s largest, most complex, and highly controversial projects, including major energy and transportation infrastructure projects, regulation of genetically engineered plants, commercial space transportation operations, and approval of new fuel economy standards for all vehicles operated in the U.S.

Technical areas of expertise include cumulative impact analysis; GHG emissions and climate change analysis; socioeconomics and environmental justice analysis; and designing strategies for streamlining EIA processes and reviews. He frequently provides training and strategic advice for NEPA, CEQA, and related environmental compliance requirements as a faculty member at the UC Davis Extension Planning and Sustainability Program, the UCLA Extension Sustainability Program, the NEPA Certificate Program at the Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University, and as a Senior Consultant at The Shipley Group. He is a past recipient of a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at EPA’s Office of Water and Office of Federal Activities in Washington, DC. From 1998 to 2007, he was an Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources Sciences at Humboldt State University in northern California. . He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resources Sociology from Utah State University, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Wyoming, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Pam Hudson, Esq., U.S. Navy

P.E. Hudson, Esq. is the Counsel, Department of the Navy Office of General Counsel in Naval Base Ventura County, California. The focus of her practice is environmental law and planning, and specifically NEPA; she also develops and teaches courses involving NEPA, environmental planning and impact analysis, and environmental law, with a special emphasis on coastal and ocean resources, to federal employees. She has published 12 federal agency, academic, and peer-reviewed articles on environmental planning and impact assessment since 2013. She has 15 years of NEPA experience, and was the informal Chair of the NAEP CEQ Pilot Project, Best Practice Principles for Environmental Assessments, which was lauded by the CEQ. She also received the NAEP President's Service Award in 2015.


NAEP Member: $75
ACRA Member: $75 (with discount code) 
Chapter Members: $125
Non-member: $140

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