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28th Annual Texas Environmental Superconference – August 4th and 5th, 2016

28th ANNUAL TEXAS ENVIRONMENTAL SUPERCONFERENCE
August 4th and 5th, 2016
It’s like déjà vu all over again
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The 28th edition of the annual Texas Environmental Superconference, Texas’s award-winning environmental conference, will be held on Thursday and Friday – August 4th and 5th, 2016 – in Austin at the Four Seasons Hotel, which is providing special rates (Code TXES2016).   This year’s theme is Yogi Berra quotes and the conference is fittingly entitled “It’s like déjà vu all over again”; each topic has an appropriate quote assigned to it. Our Wednesday evening session, on August 3rd“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future” is an entertaining 2-hour program on managing environmental crises.

Co-sponsored by the State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, the Air & Waste Management Association – Southwest Section, the Water Environment Association of Texas, the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals, The Auditing Roundtable, and the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, this conference routinely draws in excess of 500 attendees from both the public and private sectors. Because the conference consistently sells out, we encourage you to register early. There will be no walk-in registration. Registration is available here.

Speakers include distinguished representatives from the public and private sectors, including:

Federal Government: 
·       Gary Jonesi, EPA Headquarters, Office of Civil Enforcement
·       Ron Curry, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 6
·       James O’ Rourke Payne, Jr., Regional Counsel, EPA Region 6
·       Cheryl Seager, Deputy Regional Counsel for Enforcement, EPA Region 6
State of Texas:
  • Bryan Shaw, Chairman, TCEQ
  • Steve Hagle, Deputy Director, Office of Air, TCEQ
  • Tony Benedict, Assistant Attorney General of Texas
  • Jeff Brown, Texas Supreme Court Justice
Topics for this year’s conference include:
·       Case Law Update – “In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice, but in practice, there is”
·       TCEQ Contested Case Hearing Rules – Two Perspectives – “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you”
·       Air Quality – “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else”
·       Water Issues – “We have deep depth”
·       EPA TCEQ Relations – “Okay you guys, pair up in threes”
·       Enforcement – “We made too many wrong mistakes”
·       ESA Developments Affecting the Energy Industry – “He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”
·       Insurance Recovery for Environmental Liability – “Take it with a grin of salt”
·       Vapor Intrusion – “No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded”
·       Institutional Governance and the Environmental Crisis – “How can you think and hit at the same time?”
·       Environmental Audit Policy – “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be”
·       The BP Criminal Litigation – A War Story – “Even Napoleon had his Watergate”
·       News from EPA – “The future ain’t what it used to be”
·       Environmental Appeals – The View from the Bench – “You can observe a lot by just watching”
·       Environmental Issues in Distressed Asset Transactions – “Slump? I ain’t in no slump . . . I just ain’t hitting”
·       Ethical Issues Involving Parallel Proceedings – “When you come to a fork in the road, take it”

As always, there are steep discounts for governmental attendees. As noted, registration is online. Although registration must be made online, participants have the option of paying online by credit card or by mailing a check, payable to “State Bar of Texas – Texas Environmental Superconference.” Checks may be sent to: Texas Environmental Superconference, 600 Congress, Suite 1300, Austin, TX 78701. For further information, please email.Superconference CLE: This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 12 credit hours, of which 1 credit hour will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility. Certification has also been received from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for continuing legal education requirements for attorneys and legal assistants in the following specialty fields, for 12 hours each: Administrative Law; Civil Trial Law; Civil Appellate Law; Oil, Gas and Mineral Law; and Real Estate.

Wednesday evening course CLE: This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 2 credit hours.  Certification has also been received from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for continuing legal education requirements for attorneys and legal assistants in the following specialty fields, for 2.00 hours each: Administrative Law; Civil Trial Law; Civil Appellate Law; Oil, Gas and Mineral Law; and Real Estate.