VJEL Symposium on Water Quality

23 Oct 2015

VJEL Symposium on Water Quality

4:00am - 2:00pm

Chase Center

Chase Community Center

​​Please join the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law for our Volume 17 Symposium. The day long conference will explore Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) under the Clean Water Act. Experts from around the country will discuss TMDLs, their effects and possible alternatives. Please see the day's agenda below.


7:45 am - 8:00 am | Registration

8:00 am - 8:20 am | Early Bird Session: TMDLs for Dummies
Professor Patrick Parenteau, Vermont Law School

8:20 am - 8:30 am | Welcoming Remarks
VJEL Editor-in-Chief Joseph R. Simpson, Dean Mark Latham

8:30 am - 9:20 am | Morning Keynot: After the TMDLs
Dave Owen, Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law

9:30 am - 10:50 am | American Farm Bureau v. EPA: Protecting the Chesapeake
Moderated by Professor John Echeverria, Vermont Law School
Jon A. Mueller, Vice President for Litigation, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Richard E. Schwartz, Partner, Crowell & Moring
Nina Bell, Executive Director, Northwest Environmental Advocates
Mary Jane Angelo, Professor of Law, Alumni Research School, and Director, Environmental and Land Use Program University of Florida Levin College of Law

11:00 am - 12:20 pm | Cutting Edge Litigation I: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico and Toxics in Washington State
Moderated by Professor Jack Tuholski, Vermont Law School
Richard A. Smith, Managing Partner, Smith & Lowney, PLLC
Richard E. Schwartz, Partner, Crowell & Moring, LLP
Matt Rota, Senior Policy Director, Gulf Restoration Network

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm | Lunch
Yates Common Room

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm | Afternoon Keynote: Searching for the Missing, a CWA Story
Oliver Houck, Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School

2:15 pm - 3:50 pm | The Lake Champlain TMDL
Moderated by Professor Laurie Ristino, Vermont Law School
Deborah Markowitz, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Chuck Ross, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
Stephen Perkins, Aquatic Ecosystems Program Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region I - New England
Chris Kilian, Vice President and Director, Conservation Law Foundation Vermont
David Mears, Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at VLS and former Commissioner of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

4:00 pm - 5:20 pm | Cutting Edge Litigation II: Agricultural Tile Drains and the Effectiveness of TMDLs
Moderated by Professor Laura Murphy, Vermont Law School
Charlie Tebbutt, Law Offices of Charles M. Tebbutt, P.C.
Debora K. Kristensen, Partner, Givens Pursley, LLP
Jerry Anderson, Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor of Law, Drake University Law School
Mark James, Global Energy Fellow in the Institute for Energy and the Environment, LLM in Energy Law Candidate 2016

5:20 pm - 5:30 pm | Closing Remarks


For more information or to register for the event, visit Eventbrite. To guarantee your free lunch, please register by Monday, October 19 at 11:59 pm.

Questions? Concerns? Contact Kelsey Eggert at KelseyEggert@vermontlaw.edu