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Past Event Materials

Past Event Materials Now on SBM Connect

Environmental Law Section SBM Connect

All of the Past Event Materials are now on SBM Connect for general perusal and downloading. SBM Connect will eventually replace the current Past Events page, so check out the new tools and features available to members today!

2014 Annual Meeting

  • Written materials by John Barkach (2014 Overview of GSI Assessment and Contaminated Sediments) 3.6MB PDF
  • Written materials by Matthew Williams (Vapor Intrusion) 1.5MB PDF
  • Written materials by Anne B. Couture (Outline of topics) PDF
  • Opening Session Vapor Intrusion Demonstration Election Council

    Outgoing Chair Kurt Brauer, Anne B. Couture (Senior Policy Advisor to MDEQ Director Dan Wyant) and Incoming Chair, S. Lee Johnson, at the Opening Session

    Vapor Intrusion Demonstration draws close attention

    2013-2014 ELS Officers proceed to Election (Bill Schikora, Lee Johnson and Kurt Brauer)

Resource Extraction and Management in Michigan: Hot Issues

    Webinar Originally presented: Thursday July 31, 2014
    Audio & PowerPoint Presentation (entirety) 114.9MB Windows Media Format

    Three separate topics on Resource Extraction and Management, addressed by three well-known authorities in their respective areas:

  • Mapping and Managing Michigan's Groundwater: John Yellich
    Appointed director of the Michigan Geological Survey in October of 2013, John Yellich, a Michigan native, is an exploration, mineral development and environmental geologist with more than 40 years' experience, who has worked in more than 30 states, as well as Canada, Australia and China. Before taking over as head of the Geological Survey, Yellich worked for Union Pacific, where he developed a business model for assessing corporate environmental liabilities associated with the Fortune 50 Company's leased properties in 21 states.
  • Fracking Update: David Whitfield
    David Whitfield, an attorney with Warner Norcross & Judd, is a member of the firm's Litigation and Environmental Practice Groups and specializes in areas of commercial, business and oil and gas litigation, as well as oil and gas related regulation and transactions. He also advises and represents public utilities and other energy providers before regulatory agencies and state courts on complex litigation matters.
  • Update on New Mining Projects in the Upper Peninsula:
    Joe Maki Mr. Maki is a geologist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals, Upper Peninsula District.

Let the River Run Free—The Saga of the Pigeon River Dam Removal Litigation (2008-2014), Its Case History, and Ultimate Settlement

    Webinar Originally presented: Tuesday July 15, 2014

    Speaker: Peter L. Gustafson, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Attorney for Intervening Plaintiffs Michigan Trout Unlimited and Pigeon River Country Association

    Synopsis: Mr. Gustafson discussed the saga of the Golden Lotus Dam on the Pigeon River in Otsego County and its ultimate removal. The presentation included information on the nature of the dispute, one of many that has arisen in Michigan in recent years in connection with decisions whether to maintain or remove dams on our rivers, as well as the long procedural history through the courts and mediation, and described the eventual outcome and the status of work on the dam as it proceeds today.

  • Written materials by Peter L. Gustavson 2MB PDF
  • Audio & PowerPoint Presentation 45.2MB Windows Media Format

Great Lakes Water Levels: Past, Present, and Future

    Webinar Originally presented: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Speaker: Andrew D. Gronewold, Ph.D., P.E., a Physical Scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)(Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory), and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan.

    Some of Dr. Gronewold's recent work is directly relevant to the Committee's interests, including his recent co-authored publications.

    Gronewold, A.D., and C.A. Stow. Unprecedented seasonal water level dynamics on one of the Earth's largest lakes. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 95:15-17 (DOI:10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00194.1) (2014).

    Gronewold, A.D., and C.A. Stow, "Unprecedented seasonal water level dynamics on one of the Earth's largest lakes," Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 95:15-17 (2014); and Gronewold, A.D., and C.A. Stow, "Water Loss From the Great Lakes," Science 343:1084-1085 (2014);

  • Written materials by Andrew Groenwold, Ph.D., P.E. 3.9MB PDF
  • Audio & Powerpoint Presentation 2.7GB Windows Media Format

The Great Lakes Legacy Program: A Partnership Approach for Remediating and Managing Contaminated Sediment Sites in Great Lakes

    Webinar Originally presented: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Mark Tuchman
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Great Lakes National Program Office

    Susan Prout
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Office of Regional Council

  • Written materials by Marc Tuchman and Susan Prout  4.6MB PDF
  • Audio & Powerpoint Presentation 48MB Windows Media Format

The Environmental Lawyer's Role in Transactions

    Webinar Originally presented May 15, 2014

    Kyle M. H. Jones
    Senior Counsel, Environment
    Health & Safety and Real Estate
    Chrysler Group LLC

    Christopher J. Dunsky
    Principal, Christopher J. Dunsky PLLC

    Dustin P. Ordway
    Principal, Ordway Law Firm PLLC

  • Written materials by Kyle M.H. Jones, Christopher Dunsky and Dustin Ordway 3.9MB PDF
  • Audio & Powerpoint Presentation 58MB Windows Media Format

Clearing the Air: An Overview of Federal, Regional, and State Air Quality Issues

Update on Michigan's Brownfields Program Featuring MDEQ Brownfield Redevelopment Unit Chief Carrie Geyer

2013 Joint Conference with Air and Waste Management

Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan and the Intersection with Water Resource Issues

2013 Annual Meeting

  • Written materials by Ross Hammersley (Proposal for Radioactive Waste Storage on the Bruce Peninsula) 2MB PDF
  • Written materials by Steven Price and Sharon Newlon (Proposed Changes to the ASTM E1527-05 and Recent Case Law Regarding BFPPs) PDF
  • Written materials by Daniel J. Bicknell (International Environmental Due Diligence Challenge) PDF
  • Photos from the Annual Meeting

    Essay Contest Winner Brauer, Incoming Chair Ordway, Outgoing Chair

    Chris Dunsky with Writing Competition 1st place winner Nathan Inks from Wayne State University Law School

    "The important thing is to get involved." Incoming chair, Kurt Brauer, addresses the meeting attendees by video.

    Dustin Ordway receives Russell Cobane print as outgoing chair, from S. Lee Johnson, incoming chair-elect

Perspectives on Recent Wetlands Amendments in Michigan

In Search Of . . . Judicial Guidance Under Part 201

The K.I.S.S. Principle in Environmental Litigation: ELS Webinar Featuring Charles M. Denton

Emerging Air Quality Laws and Policies: What's on the Horizon in Michigan: 2012 Joint Program: Michigan's Environment in 2012 & Beyond

2012 Annual Meeting

Summer Program
Paul Sax, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Anna Maiuri, Chair; Susan Hedman, EPA Administrator, Region 5; and Dustin Ordway, Chair-Elect.

Summer Program


CSI, GSI, and Part 201 Updates Teleconference

The Evolving Environmental Regulatory Landscape Conference

Webinar: Siting Renewable Energy Projects

    Originally Presented February 28, 2012

    The Energy Committee of the State Bar of Environmental Law Section explores the state laws relevant to new energy development. This webinar provides a media-focused overview of the environmental regulatory and permitting regimes triggered by new energy projects in Michigan.

    View the Webinar—The recorded webinar begins after a simple registration.

New Member Reception

    The Environmental Law Section hosted a reception for new members, attorneys interested in membership, and law school students from Cooley and Michigan State University at GP Sports in Grand Rapids February 9. This is our third reception since September 2011, and we are very pleased that participation and interest increases at each event. The ELS welcomes new members Nick Andrew, Detroit; Anna Baumgras, Michiana Land Services, Inc.; and Molly Kuras, Rhoades McKee PC.

    Anna Maiuri, Section chair, with law school students from Cooley and Michigan State University.   Scott Hubbard and Dennis Donahue with Yasmeen Qadimasil.

Joint Environmental Conference

Environmental Law Section 30th Anniversary

    The Environmental Law Section celebrated its 30th anniversary Thursday, October 6, 2011, at the University Club in Lansing. The Section celebrated the past 30 years of environmental law, its lasting impact on Michigan, and what the future holds. The Environmental Law Section is the oldest environmental law section of a state bar in the country.

    We thank our event sponsors—Miller Canfield, Warner Norcross & Judd, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Butzel Long, DTE Energy, PM Environmental, Inc., Dickinson Wright PLLC, Bodman, Ordway Law Firm PLLC, Rhoades McKee PC, and AKT Peerless Environmental & Energy Services.

  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 829KB PDF, John Cruden, Environmental Law Institute
  • Michigan Environmental Events 1.4MB PDF, Jack D. Bails, Public Sector Consultants, Inc.
  • Anna Maiuri, John Cruden, and Claudia Rast Steve Price, Beth Bailey, Pete Bosanic, and Andy Foerg from PM Environmental, Inc. William Rustem
    Anna Maiuri, John Cruden, & Claudia Rast Steve Price, Beth Bailey, Pete Bosanic, & Andy Foerg from PM Environmental, Inc. William Rustem

2011 Annual Meeting Materials

2011 Summer Program

Webinar—Michigan's New Energy Development

Air Quality Regulations in 2011: Greenhouse Gases and Beyond

Part 201 Update: Legislative Amendments and Recent Case Law

Sustainability and Climate Change Materials

2009 Annual Meeting Materials



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