Environmental & Energy Law Section Meeting

Friday, January 26, 2018
8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 4.00 (Professional Practice 3.00, Ethics 1.00)
Murray Hill East & West, 2nd Floor


Executive Committee Luncheon Meeting 
– 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Murray Hill West
In the Aftermath of the Storms: EPA's Response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria – NEW TIME! 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Murray Hill East 
Committee Meetings – 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Murray Hill West
Annual Business Meeting and Awards – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Murray Hill East
Cocktail Reception – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Murray Hill East and West

CLE Program                                                                     
8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                                                        
Murray Hill East & West, 2nd Floor 

NEW! Off-site Luncheon NEW! 
1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mastro's Restaurant
1295 Avenue of the Americas
(one block from the Hilton)

Kevin M. Bernstein, Esq.
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Kathleen M. Bennett, Esq.                        
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC          

Amy K. Kendall, Esq. 
Knauf Shaw, LLP

8:45 –  8:55 a.m.                      
Opening Remarks
Kevin M. Bernstein, Esq., Section Chair

8:55 – 9:45 a.m. 
Beyond Standing Rock: The Intersection of Tribal and Environmental Law (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)
This panel will provide an overview of tribal law; environmental advocacy by Native peoples, and both common and novel legal issues for practitioners.

Moderator: Amy K. Kendall, Esq., Knauf Shaw, LLP, Rochester
Panelists: Joseph Heath, Esq., Attorney at Law, Syracuse
Curt D. Marshall, Esq., Weitz & Luxenberg, PC, New York City

9:45 - 10:05 a.m. Challenges and Opportunities at USEPA Region 2 (This is a non-CLE presentation)
Speaker: Pete Lopez, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2, Administrator

10:05 – 10:55 a.m. Energy Innovation: Storage and Distribution Strategies (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)
This panel will explore trending topics in energy storage and distribution, including batteries and microgrids.

Moderator: Keith G. Silliman, Esq., Stantec, Albany
Panelists: Jason Doling, NYSERDA, Albany
Virginia C. Robbins, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Syracuse
Linda R. Shaw, Esq., Future Energy Development, LLC, Rochester

10:55 - 11:05 a.m.  Refreshment Break

11:05 – 11:55 a.m. Weathering the Storm: Adaptation and Resiliency (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)
This panel will examine legal issues facing New York’s coastal regions, including Plan 2014 and the State’s approaches to climate.

Moderator: Kathleen M. Bennett, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Syracuse
Speakers: Jessica A. Bacher, Esq., Land Use Law Center, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, White Plains
Jonathan Binder, Esq., NYS Environmental Conservation, Albany
Dr. Frank Sciremammano, Jr., PhD, PE, Professor of Engineering (retired), Rochester Institute of Technology

11:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Ethical Use of Social Media in the Practice of Law (1.0 credit in Ethics)
This presentation includes an overview of the phenomenon of social media, a description of the main platforms and how lawyers use them, a discussion
of choosing the right platforms based on your goals, and a roundup of the most important ethical issues to keep in mind when using social media.
Speaker: Nicole L. Black, Esq., MyCase, Rochester

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. Join the Legal Blogosphere
(This is a non-CLE presentation)
Overview of the section’s social media resources and how to use them.
Presentators: Meaghan A. Colligan, Esq., Knauf Shaw LLP, Rochester
Julia J. Martin, Esq., Bousquet Holstein PLLC, Syracuse


Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 3.5 credit hours (3.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice and .5 credits in Ethics). This program will NOT qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program.

Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 13th, 2017. For more details, please contact Lori Nicoll in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or [email protected].

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities:  NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Lori Nicoll at 518-487-5563.

For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. The rate will be based on room selection (single/double occupancy) and arrival/departure dates with additional taxes and hotel fees. The discounted rate for January 21st and January 22nd is $179 per night. The discounted rate for January 23rd through January 28th is $229 per night. A rate of $209 will be offered to those with overlapping dates. Reservations must be made before December 15, 2017 by calling the New York Hilton Midtown directly at 800-445-8667 or online at www.nysba.org/am18accomm.

For questions about this specific program, please contact Lori Nicoll at 518-487-5563. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993.