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Tri-State Environmental Law Conference


FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024

7:00        Registration and Breakfast

7:45        Introduction

Rebecca A. "Becky" Hall, Assistant Director, ICLE Operations, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

7:50        Welcome and Program Overview

Charles M. "Charlie" Denton II, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Atlanta, GA

8:00        Federal EPA Policy Update

Gwendolyn Keyes "Gwen" Fleming, DLA Piper US, Washington, DC
Stan Meiburg, The Andrew Sabin Family Center for Environmental sustainability, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem

Hear updates on federal EPA policy.

9:00        Tri-Sate Brownfields Comparison – What Works, What Doesn't and What's Next

Chris Bartley, Terracon: Consulting Engineers and Scientists, Columbia, SC
Leonard "Len" Diprima, United Consulting Group Ltd., Norcross, GA
J. Wyatt Kendall, Morris Manning & Martin LLP, Atlanta, GA (Moderator)
Kaitlyn Rhonehouse, Geosyntec Consultants Inc., Raleigh

This session compares and distinguishes remediations, enforcements and other actions regarding brownfields.

10:00      Break

10:15      Regulation, Litigation and Mitigation – ESG Considerations and New Approaches to Risk Management

Samina M. Bharmal, HP Development Company LP, Washington, DC
Nicholas H. Howell, King & Spalding LLP, Atlanta, GA (Moderator)
Jonathan Nwagbaraocha, Xerox Corporation, Rochester, NY
Stacey D. Turner, Southern Company Services Inc., Birmingham, AL

Compare risk management considerations, particularly in light of regulation, litigation and mitigation.


North Carolina Case Law Update

Stephen T. "Steve" Parascandola, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh

Hear the latest discussions and locations of recent cases in North Carolina jurisdiction.


South Carolina Case Law Update

Chris Bartley, Terracon: Consulting Engineers and Scientists, Columbia, SC

This session discusses and locates recent cases in South Carolina jurisdiction.


Georgia Case Law Update

Douglas A. "Doug" Henderson, King & Spalding LLP, Atlanta, GA

Discuss and locate recent cases in Georgia jurisdictions.

12:45      Adjourn for the Day


7:30        Registration and Breakfast

8:20        Welcome and Program Overview

Charles M. "Charlie" Denton II, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Atlanta, GA

8:30        Is Something in the Water? Clean Water Act Regulation Post-Sackett

Alton Brown, Resource + Land Consultants, Savannah, GA
Charles M. "Charlie" Denton II, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Atlanta, GA (Moderator)
Stephen A. McCullers, Morris Manning & Martin LLP, Atlanta, GA
Jason O'Kane, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah, GA

This session compares and critiques the Clean Water Act regulations and their enforcement across the country.

9:30        PFAS are Still Emerging and Other New Environmental Risks to Keep You Up at Night

Charles M. "Charlie" Denton II, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Atlanta, GA (Moderator)
Noelle DeStefano, Eurofins Environment Testing, Raleigh
Jaana Pietari, Ramboll Group, Maynard, MA
Carl L. Solomon, Soloman Law Group LLC, Columbia, SC

Analyze and appraise new environmental risks which includes perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

11:00      Break

11:15      The Ethical Lawyer: Sustaining Well-Being in a Demanding Profession

Judge Joy Lampley-Fortson, U.S. Department of Justice, Atlanta, GA
Judge Shondeana C. Morris, Dekalb County Superior Court, Decatur, GA

This session reviews the ethical requirements for lawyers and how addressing their emotional, occupational, intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social needs helps attorneys comply with their ethical obligations and alternatively potential ethical consequences that may result from impairment. Identify and recognize risks to their own well-being and the well-being of their colleagues and be prepared to seek assistance both proactively and retroactively.

12:15      Adjourn

† Indicates portion providing Professional Well-Being credit


The Tri-State Environmental Law Conference exposes attendees to laws, regulations, cases, policies, and procedures affecting and concerning the environment.

In this program, learn the similarities and differences of key environmental issues between North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia including legal, regulatory, technical and political perspectives regarding contaminates, climate, energy, water and other natural resources. Regulators, legal experts, and stakeholders provide updates on treatment and containment of brownfields.

Speakers address environmental, social and governance factors and new approaches to risk management. They provide case law updates from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia and discuss Clean Water Act regulation in light of Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency. They also elaborate on PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and other new environmental risks.

Join us as we also discuss litigation, regulatory issues, and analytical methods, among other topics!

The conference is hosted this year by the State Bar of Georgia ICLE.

If you did not attend this program in its entirety, please fill out a partial credit form to ensure that we report your credit accurately.

Please send your completed form to within seven days of this program.

Jun 14 - Jun 15, 2024
7:00 AM EDT - 12:15 PM EDT
JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District 400 West River Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.373.9100

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