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The 20th Annual Intensive Seminar on


A half-day deep dive into the new NEPA re-write, NEPA modernization, and current SEPA issues in Washington State

Presented on January 13, 2022

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

Attorneys, land use planners, real estate and environmental professionals, consultants, and governmental officials

Why You will Benefit from the Replay

This 20th Annual SEPA & NEPA half-day seminar focuses on the most significant SEPA and NEPA developments for the past year and what to expect for the coming year. You will hear about NEPA modernization and the proliferation of SEPA exemptions in Washington State. The Biden Administration has had a year to settle into office and has put forth a re-write of the Trump Administration's NEPA re-write and we will take a detailed look at the proposed changes and how best to streamline the process. You will hear an update on recent NEPA cases and federal administrative policy changes; SEPA case law and state policy changes including judicial and Board decisions; 2021 legislative activity and what to expect for 2022.

We carry on the tradition of an interactive program so that you can contribute your own ideas and have your specific questions answered. In a 20-Year SEPA Retrospective this will take the form of a very lively discussion between Dick Settle, one of the founding fathers of SEPA, and Duana Kolouskova, an experienced land use practitioner, as they discuss the current issues and challenges stakeholders face.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a very timely and informative seminar.

~ Rodney L. Brown, Jr., Esq. of Cascadia Law Group and Patrick J. Schneider, Esq. of Foster Garvey, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • ~ NEPA Case Law and Policy Developments
  • ~ The Biden Administration's re-write of the Trump Administration's NEPA re-write
  • ~ SEPA case law and policy developments
  • ~ SEPA Retrospective: How key events over the past 20+ years are likely to shape the future

What Participants Said

  • "I am not a legal practitioner but always learn a great deal from these seminars"
  • "Pretty fascinating stuff; I'll definitely be back"
  • "Excellent faculty - great audience interaction"
  • "Really liked interactive approach to most presentations.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

9:00 am

Introduction & Overview

Rodney L. Brown, Jr., Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Cascadia Law Group / Seattle, WA

Patrick J. Schneider, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Foster Garvey / Seattle, WA

9:15 am

NEPA Case Law and Policy Developments

Update on recent NEPA cases and federal administrative policy changes as President Biden completes his first year in office

Owen L. Schmidt, Esq.
Owen L. Schmidt LLC / Portland, OR

10:00 am

NEPA Modernization: The Biden Administration's Re-Write of the Trump Administration's NEPA Re-Write

How best to streamline the process while still achieving environmental protection goals

Owen L. Schmidt, Esq.
Owen L. Schmidt LLC / Portland, OR

Tanya C. Nesbitt, Esq.
Marten Law / Seattle, WA

Stephen Odell, Esq.
Marten Law / Portland, OR

11:15 am


11:30 am

At the State Level: SEPA Case Law and Policy Developments

Judicial and Board decisions; 2021 legislative activity and what to expect for 2022

Craig S. Trueblood, Esq.
K&L Gates / Seattle, WA

12:00 pm

SEPA Retrospective

A key player in development of SEPA and an experienced land use practitioner discuss the key events over the past 20 years plus the current issues and challenges stakeholders face

Richard L. Settle, Esq.
Foster Garvey / Seattle, WA

Duana Kolouskova, Esq.
Johns Monroe Mitsunaga Kolouskova / Bellevue, WA

1:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Rodney L. Brown, Jr., Rodney L. Brown, Jr., Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Cascadia Law Group. He focuses on environmental and land use law relating to natural resources, transportation megaprojects, energy and other project permitting.

Patrick J. Schneider, Patrick J. Schneider, Program Co-Chair, is a Principal at Foster Garvey. He advises developers on land use entitlement and litigation strategies. He previously served as lead land use attorney for the City of Seattle and a senior land use attorney for King County.

Duana Kolouskova, Duana Kolouskova, Johns Monroe Mitsunaga Kolouskova, has worked on a range of development projects, including small and large-scale residential, master plans, mixed use, small-scale commercial, light industrial, and natural resource projects.

Tanya C. Nesbitt Tanya C. Nesbitt is a partner at Marten Law. Her environmental and natural resource practice includes representing public and private clients under a multitude of federal and state laws. Prior to joining Marten Law, she served as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice's Natural Resources Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Stephen Odell Stephen Odell is a partner at Marten Law. He joined Marten after serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Oregon, where he handled many of the most consequential and controversial environmental disputes during the last two decades.

Owen L. Schmidt, Owen L. Schmidt, Owen L. Schmidt LLC, a former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is known for his NEPA expertise. He advised the Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other USDA agencies in Washington and Oregon.

Richard L. Settle Richard L. Settle is Of Counsel to Foster Garvey and focuses on land use law. Chambers USA described him as "one of the leading lights of the land use community and such an expert that people go to him with any arcane question."

Craig S. Trueblood Craig S. Trueblood is a partner at K&L Gates. He practices exclusively in environmental, land use, real estate and natural resource law and litigation, focusing on air quality, water quality, Superfund, natural resources restoration, NEPA/SEPA, and siting complex facilities.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 3.50 Washington MCLE, 3.50 ABCEP environmental professional, and 3.50 AICP land use planner credits. Upon request, we will help you apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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