SOURCE: American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education

American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education

April 22, 2014 09:00 ET

Environmental Law Education Critical to Guiding Clients Through Potential Investigations

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - April 22, 2014) - American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) is pleased to announce its upcoming program, Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws, that will take place June 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. This program is chaired by Joseph G. Block (retired) and Judson W. Starr, both of Venable LLP in Washington D.C. and both former Chiefs of the Environmental Crimes Section at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ever a hot topic, enforcement of environmental law is particularly compelling in these times, when recent Supreme Court decisions and Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency policy directives are affecting case selection, trials, and sentencing in environmental crimes cases.

The faculty will engage registrants in an energetic dialogue about the effect recent legal developments will have on enforcement and public protection. But the course does more than just examine developments in enforcement policy and practice -- two panels on the Deepwater Horizon case provide real world insight for attorneys on how to best serve their clients through various stages of criminal proceedings. Also featured is a keynote address from Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

According to Jerry Block, one of the program chairs, "The ALI CLE Environmental Crimes Conference is extremely valuable for defense counsel, environmental managers, and prosecutors alike. The Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico has resulted in serious legal and policy issues that environmental practitioners need to be aware of, both now and in the future. Even in an age of Government cutbacks, criminal enforcement remains a real possibility for those who violate environmental laws."

To register, or to obtain more information, click here.

About American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) 

ALI CLE is the continuing legal education group of the American Law Institute. ALI CLE, a non-profit organization, is committed to the work of promoting continuing professional education for lawyers throughout the United States and to creating standards to ensure quality and relevance in CLE programs. ALI CLE is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the legal profession, furthering a tradition of unparalleled service to lawyers. For more information go to

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