Environmental & Energy Law Section

Environmental & Energy Law Section

Environmental and Energy Law Section Oil Spill Symposium

Friday, June 8, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

State Bar Center Great Hall
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207

MCLE credit: This program does NOT carry MCLE credit.

Live Webcast is not available for this program. Video will be available after the program. 

Registration Fees:
Section Members: $55
NYSBA Members: $85 (Includes Environmental & Energy Law Section Membership). 
Non Attorneys: $85. 
Newly Admitted: $40 (admitted 5 years or less)
Law Students: $25
All others: $95

Register online

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.            Registration

11:30 - 11:35 a.m.            Welcome and Introduction
                                         Gary Bowitch, Esq., Bowitch & Coffey, LLP
                                         Co-Chair, Petroleum Spills Committee

11:35 - 11:55 a.m.            Oil Spill Fund Update
                                         Patrick Holloway, Esq., Office of State Comptroller

11:55 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.     Environmental Characterization Without Taking Samples: Application of MiP-HPT and Visualization Technologies
                                          Joe Neri, Allstar Drilling and Probing LLC
                                          Jeffrey A. Johnson, Ph.D., PG, NewFields
                                          Urs Broderick Furrer, Esq., Harriton & Furrer, LLP

12:45 - 1:15 p.m.              Lunch (provided)

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.                 Case Law Update
                                           Alan J. Knauf, Esq., Knauf Shaw LLP
                                           Bonnie Riggi, Eaq., Assistant Attorney General

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.                 Phytoremediation at Petroleum Spill Sites
                                           Kat VanDeusen, Environmental Logic, LLC

2:15 - 2:25 p.m.                 Break

2:25 - 2:55 p.m.                 Direct and Indirect Damages
                                          John T. Kolaga, Esq., Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC

2:55 - 3:26 p.m.                 Petroleum Spill Case Study: Fuel Supplier Liability
                                          Melissa M. Valle, Esq., Knauf Shaw LLP
                                          Co-Chair, Petroleum Spills Committee
                                          Gary Bowitch, Esq., Bowitch & Coffey, LLP
                                          Co-Chair, Petroleum Spills Committee

3:25 - 3:30 p.m.                Closing Remarks
                                          Douglas H. Zamelis, Esq., Law Office of Douglas H. Zamelis
                                          Co-Chair, Petroleum Spills Committee

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.                 Cocktail hour to follow

OCTOBER 19-21, 2018

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Join your colleagues next year at this family-friendly resort to earn some CLE credits, network and enjoy the beautiful Catskills in the Fall. 

Look for more information this summer.


Join nearly 5,000 members of the New York State Bar Association from around the state and beyond at the Annual Meeting, sharing insights and experiences. Take advantage of the excellent schedule of events presented by the Association’s sections and committees, network at the member receptions and make connections with the exciting array of exhibitors.  


Starts: January 14, 2019 
Ends: January 19, 2019 


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The Environmental and Energy Law Section of the New York State Bar Association has a new section blog on our online community. It is intended to provide timely notice of legal events affecting environmental lawyers in the public and private sectors, environmental organizations, and academia. These legal events include recent cases, new regulations, new government policies, and general news of interest on the environmental front. Section members are welcome to contribute. View our blogging policy here.

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