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18th Annual

Endangered Species Act

January 27 & 28, 2011 -- Seattle, WA










Order today and get 50% off downloadable products or 25% off printed homestudies.
Downloadable content must be viewed by January 27, 2012.

Our 18th Annual Endangered Species Act conference is a two-day seminar in which ESA practitioners, agency officials, and scientists provide the latest and most important information you’ll need for ESA compliance.

This conference will help attorneys, businesses and government staff to understand the complexities of the law. It will also provide practical insights and an opportunity to network with experts and colleagues.

Thank you to the Reception Sponsor K&L Gates LLP.

Reception Sponsor:

  On Demand
   This seminar is available via On Demand,
which will allow you to view the recording from computer.   
                         Please read the System Requirements for the On Demand prior to ordering.                         
This Program will NOT currently work on a MAC.
There was a recent update to the media player and it is not compatible to the MAC.
Microsoft is working to fix this problem.

This seminar must be downloaded and viewed before it expires on January 27, 2012
If you have questions call 800-574-4852 or send an email to 

Credits: See the credit section for full information
WA CLE – 12.25 MCLE Credits including 1.25 Hour of Ethics
OR CLE – 11.75 General & 1.0 Ethics CLE Credits
CA CLE – 10.75 General & 1.0 Ethics CLE Credits
ID CLE – 11.0 General CLE Credits
AK CLE - May Claim CLE Credit

Who Should Attend:
Government Regulators
Consultants and Engineers
Developers and Landowners
Tribal Officials
Environmental Representatives
Those Involved in the Complex Procedures Governing the Endangered Species Act


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Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011
8:00Optional Session: Introduction to the Endangered Species Act (8:00 AM - 8:30 AM)
K&L Gates LLP
9:00Welcome and Overview – Day One
NOAA Office of General Counsel (retired)
K&L Gates LLP
9:12Keynote Address: Hot Topics Facing NOAA Concerning the ESA
NOAA, Office of General Counsel, NW Region
9:55Litigation Update
Hot Topics in ESA Litigation
Section Chief, Wildlife & Marine Res. Section
U.S. Department of Justice
11:12Section 4: Hot Issues
Listings and Delisting Decisions and Their Implications; Critical Habitat Designation; Adverse Modification
Asst. Regional Admin.
NOAA Fisheries
Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Dept. of the Interior
12:12Lunch (on your own)
1:25Section 7: Hot Issues
I. National Flood Insurance, Floodplain Development and ESA – Implications for Growth: A Panel Discussion
K&L Gates LLP
San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney
Vice President, Wildlife Conservation
National Wildlife Federation (former)
Washington, DC
Director, Washington State Habitat
NOAA Fisheries Service
Van Ness Feldman LLP
2:50Section 7: Hot Issues (continued)
II. Steller Sea Lions and Alaska Fisheries
Marten Law PLLC
3:40Section 7: Hot Issues (continued)
III. ESA Implications of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Post-spill Litigation; New Oil and Gas Exploration and Drilling Permits; Natural Resource Damages and ESA; Contingency Plan Consultations; Emergency Consultation for Disaster Responses
Marten Law PLLC
Pacific Merchant Shipping Association
4:55Questions and Answers
Sponsored by K&L Gates LLP

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
9:00Welcome and Overview – Day Two
NOAA Office of General Counsel (retired)
K&L Gates LLP
9:07Keynote Address
Making the ESA Work Better: First Tier Priorities for Improving Delivery of the Act
Asst. Dir., Endangered Species
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Washington, DC
9:45Alternative Energy and the ESA: Part 1
• Fueling our Future: Energy, Climate, and Endangered Species
NOAA Office of General Counsel (retired)
• Solar, Nuclear and Wave Energy
Marten Law PLLC
10:45Alternative Energy and the ESA: Part 2
Wind Energy Development: A Panel Discussion
NOAA Office of General Counsel (retired)
• Wind Energy and Protected Species: The Science
Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology,
University of Washington
• Regulatory Challenges for Wind Project Development: A Panel Discussion
Marten Law PLLC
Asst. Dir., Endangered Species
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Washington, DC
Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal
Washington, DC
K&L Gates LLP
Sedgwick LLP
12:08The Scientist’s Dilemma: Climate Change, Endangered Species, and Alternative Energy
Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology,
University of Washington
12:20Lunch (on your own)
1:25ESA in Indian Country
K&L Gates LLP
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
2:06Hatchery Reform
NOAA, Office of General Counsel, NW Region
Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
3:05Ethics for Government Attorneys and Those Who Sue Them
Dir., Environmental Law Clinic
University of California;
Irvine, CA


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James M. Lynch, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at K&L Gates LLP where his practice focuses on regulatory compliance and environmental law with an emphasis on the federal and state environmental laws and policies. He advises large corporations, industry associations, and public utilities on environmental compliance and permitting matters.

Seth M. Barsky is the Chief of the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC.

Svend A. Brandt-Erichsen, a partner with Marten Law PLLC, has served as an environmental attorney for over 20 years. He previously spent over 15 years in private practice and, before that, was Regional Administrator of the State of Alaska, Department of Environmental Conservation.

Donna Darm is Asst. Regional Administrator for the Protected Resources Division of the NW Region of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. She oversees the region’s Marine Mammal Protection Act program and regulatory actions under the ESA.

Christopher D. Fontecchio is an Attorney-Advisor at the Seattle office of the NOAA General Counsel. He is active in salmon hatchery law and litigation as well as private hydropower relicensing issues. Previously, he has worked for the White House Counsel on Environmental Quality, the Department of Interior, Solicitor’s Office and for the Washington, DC office of Troutman Sanders LLP where he specialized in environmental and natural resource law.

Gary Frazer, Keynote Speaker, is the Assistant Director for Endangered Species with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. He is the senior career official responsible for policy development, budget formulation, and oversight relating to the USFWS administration of the ESA.

Bart J. Freedman is a Partner at K&L Gates LLP. His practice encompasses Native American Law, as well as a broad range of environmental and business litigation in federal and state courts, and alternative dispute resolution.

Randall K. Gaylord is the San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney. He practices in the areas of Criminal prosecution, defense of claims and suits against San Juan County. He is an advisor to all county elected officials and departments on civil matters emphasizing land use, shoreline and growth management laws, public records, public meetings, contracts, real estate, and litigation.

Eric R. Glitzenstein is a partner with Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, a Washington, DC-based public interest law firm representing clients in federal and state court litigation on a wide range of public interest issues.

Patti Goldman is the Managing Attorney of Earthjustice’s Northwest Office. She has extensive experience in the Endangered Species Act and has litigated cases to protect orcas, salmon and Northwest forests.

John F. Kostyack is the former Vice President of Wildlife Conservation for the National Wildlife Federation, where he led NWF’s wildlife and habitat programs. He is a longtime leader on Endangered Species Act policy.

Steven W. Landino is the Director of the Washington State Habitat Office of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Habitat Conservation Division. He and his staff are responsible for implementing the Endangered Species Act and other Federal statutes, to conserve species under NMFS’ purview, including salmon and steelhead in Washington State.

Linda R. Larson, a partner at Marten Law PLLC with over 25 years of environmental law and land use experience, has been lead attorney on numerous environmental litigation matters. She has expertise in waste cleanup, property development, fisheries resources, and endangered species.

Molly A. Lawrence is a partner with Van Ness Feldman LLP. She counsels public and private clients in all facets of land use law.

Paul Lumley is the Executive Director for the Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and a citizen of the Yakama Nation in central Washington State. Mr. Lumley has an extensive history working with Northwest Tribes on salmon issues, particularly in the Columbia River Basin.

Christopher S. McNulty is the Regional Counsel for the Seattle office of NOAA Office of the General Counsel. He previously served as the Deputy Regional Counsel for the Seattle office and a staff attorney in the Juneau office of NOAA General Counsel.

Michael Moore is a Vice President with the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, which focuses on issues affecting international trade and represents owners and operators of marine terminals and U.S. and foreign vessels operating throughout the world.

Eric W. Nagle, an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Pacific Northwest Region. He advises the Fish and Wildlife Service on ESA matters.

Gordon H. Orians, PhD, is an ecologist and Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Washington.

Steven P. Quarles is a partner at Sedgwick LLP. He addresses issues concerning wildlife and endangered species, federal lands, and water pollution. Prior to private practice, he worked with the Department of the Interior.

Marie E. Quasius is an attorney with K&L Gates LLP in the environmental, land and natural resources group in the firm’s Seattle office. Her litigation and regulatory work has involved a range of environmental statutes, such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Washington State Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and a host of wildlife laws, including the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and various state laws.

Prof. Michael Robinson-Dorn is the Director of the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of California at Irvine.

Melanie J. Rowland retired in 2011 from the NOAA Office of General Counsel, where she served for 15 years.

Alan C. Stay currently serves as a member of the Office of the Tribal Attorney of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. He works primarily on hunting and fishing, natural resources, housing and education matters.


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This seminar is approved for the following credits

10.75 General & 1.0 Ethics CLE Credits (Live Credits for Attending & Webcast)

This program is approved with the Washington State Bar Association for 12.25 Washington MCLE Self-Study Credit including 1.25 Hours of Ethics Credit.

This course is approved by the Oregon State Bar for 11.75 General and 1.0 Ethics CLE Credits. - The Seminar Group is an Accredited Sponsor.

The Seminar Group is an approved State Bar of California MCLE provider #10734. The Seminar Group certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California for 10.75 General & 1.0 Ethics CLE Credits.

This course is approved by the Idaho State Bar for 11.0 General CLE Credits.

Alaska bar members may claim CLE credit for this course through The Alaska Bar Association.

If this seminar has not been approved for the credits you require, let us know and we will look into it for you.

Information on Continuing Education Credits


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Attorney* $795.00
2 or more* $745.00
Government / Non-Profit* $695.00
New Associate* $560.00
Other Professionals* $560.00
Student* $497.00
All Sessions $134.00
All Sessions $603.00
All Sessions $603.00
Day One $487.00
Day Two $487.00
All Sessions $77.00
All Sessions $397.00
On Demand Session 1 $17.00
On Demand Session 2 $31.00
On Demand Session 3 $34.00
On Demand Session 4 $34.00
On Demand Session 5 $49.00
On Demand Session 6 $20.00
On Demand Session 7 $49.00
On Demand Session 8 $26.00
On Demand Session 9 $26.00
On Demand Session 10 $48.00
On Demand Session 11 $7.00
On Demand Session 12 $23.00
On Demand Session 13 $28.00
On Demand Session 14 $43.00
Attorney $795.00
2 or more $745.00
Government / Non-Profit $695.00
New Associate $560.00
Other Professionals $560.00
Student $497.00
Day One $487.00
Day Two $487.00

* Indicates that the rate is available for attending in person and Live Webcast

Fee Description

Cancellation Policy

We will refund your tuition less a $50 cancellation charge if we receive your cancellation by 1/21/2011.


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This seminar is being held at:
Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-774-1234
A courtesy block of sleeping rooms has been set aside at a group rate. To reserve, please call 1-800-233-1234 by Dec. 26, 2010 and request “THE SEMINAR GROUP Group Rate”.
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