Careers in Environmental Law Speaker Series Archive
The Environmental Law and Policy Program offers a speaker series focusing on careers in environmental law. This speaker series brings environmental practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds to Michigan Law for lunchtime presentations that explore the myriad ways that environmental lawyers contribute to environmental protection and natural resource conservation efforts. The speaker series includes public service and public interest attorneys, as well as attorneys in private practice and within corporations. The practice areas encompass new areas of environmental law, such as alternative energy and carbon reduction strategies, as well as more traditional compliance counseling and enforcement practices.
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Please join us for the latest installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program's Careers Series. Edward Zaelke, chair of the Global Projects and Finance Practice at Akin Gump's LA office, will speak about what a renewable energy lawyer does.
View a video recording of Ms. Geis' talk here.
Stacey Geis, managing attorney of the California regional office of Earthjustice, will speak about both her career and environmental crimes prosecution.
Ms. Geis joined Earthjustice in 2014 after having spent over ten years prosecuting environmental crimes at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. While there, she criminally prosecuted pollution, fisheries, and wildlife cases, including the criminal prosecution of Walmart in 2013 for nationwide illegal hazardous waste practices and the criminal prosecution of the shipping company and the bar pilot who caused the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill in the San Francisco Bay. Before that, she was the senior prosecutor for the California Circuit Prosecutor Project and prosecuted over 100 criminal and civil environmental enforcement cases around the State. For her work, she has been named one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers by the Daily Journal and, in 2014, received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award.
Ms. Geis is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Virginia School of Law. Before starting her career as a litigator, Stacey clerked for the Honorable Samuel Conti of the Northern District of California.
View a video recording of the talk here.
Please join us for the latest installment of the ELPP Careers Series. Peter Anderson, principal at Beveridge and Diamond PC in Washington, DC, will speak about his career trajectory. Lunch will be served.
Mr. Anderson uses his experience as a former federal prosecutor to defend corporations and individuals against government investigations and prosecutions, primarily involving environmental and regulatory crimes. In addition to defense services, he provides corporate compliance counseling. He helps lead the Firm's White Collar and Environmental Crimes Practice Group.
View a video recording of the talk here.
Please join us for the latest installment of the Environmental Law and Policy Program's Careers Series. Russell Smith III, '86, deputy assistant secretary for International Fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will speak about his career trajectory.
A free, non-pizza lunch will be served, and the event is open to the public.
Russell F. Smith III is deputy assistant secretary for International Fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and is responsible for overseeing NOAA's work with other countries to ensure that fish stocks are sustainably managed. He currently serves as the acting United States Federal commissioner for both the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas. Smith came to NOAA from the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he was the director for International Environmental Policy and Multilateral Environmental Agreements since 2006. He joined USTR in 2002 as a deputy director in the Office of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. Prior to that, he had many years of experience at the U.S. Department of Justice and in private practice. He holds a J.D. from Michigan Law and a B.A. from Yale. He is married to Teresa Ferrante and has two daughters and five granddaughters.
A video recording of this lecture can be viewed here.
Please join us for the latest installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program's Career in Environmental Law speaker series. This event is free and open to the public.
Monica Schwebs, of counsel at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, has deep expertise in federal and state energy and environmental regulatory matters. She represents a variety of clients including developers, financial institutions, utilities and government agencies. On behalf of clients, she appears before federal and state agencies, the California Independent System Operator and the courts. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Monica spent six years working as staff counsel for the California Energy Commission. While at the Commission, she worked on federal and state energy and environmental law issues. She handled a wide variety of matters relating to power plant licensing, renewable energy, transmission, natural gas (including liquefied natural gas), petroleum refining and oil pipelines, hydroelectric licensing, appliance energy efficiency standards, and climate change. She represented the Commission in judicial proceedings in both federal and state courts and in administrative proceedings, including proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Appeals Board. Before entering state service, Monica served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, in Washington, D.C. She served as lead counsel in federal court cases for many federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The cases she handled were brought under a variety of environmental laws, including air, water, coastal zone management, hazardous waste and pesticide laws. Prior to entering public service, Monica practiced both energy and environmental law at a major national firm in its Washington, D.C., office.
A video-recording of Ms. Mitchell's talk is available here.
Please join us for the latest installment of the ELPP Careers Series. A free, non-pizza lunch will be provided.
Stacey Mitchell is the Deputy General Counsel for EPA in Washington, DC. She is a former head of the Environmental Crimes Section of the US Department of Justice. Ms. Mitchell earned her undergraduate degree from Colby College and attended Tulane University Law School. After graduating she joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted sex crimes, narcotics, and even murder, before returning to her original passion for environmental protection.
View Mr. Herman's talk here: http://web.law.umich.edu/flashmedia/public/Default.aspx?mediaid=3134
Steven Herman is a Principal in Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.'s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Herman's practice focuses on the areas of environmental enforcement and compliance. He has counseled and represented major corporate clients trying to avoid adverse enforcement actions by federal and/or state government agencies, and clients who have become the subject of such actions. He also advises clients on strategies for engaging federal and state governmental agencies on environmental and other significant issues.
Mr. Herman served for eight years as the Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance assurance of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Herman, who was the chief national environmental enforcement official, supervised a Headquarters and regional civil and criminal staff of over 3,500, including criminal agents, investigators, inspectors, attorneys, engineers, scientists and other professionals. He was responsible for the development and implementation of numerous EPA enforcement and compliance policies including the widely used "Policy on Incentives for Self-Policing: Discovery, Disclosure, Correction and Prevention of Violations", the policy on Supplemental Environmental Projects, numerous Superfund administrative reforms, and the establishment of the first compliance assistance centers and numerous compliance assistance tools.
Mr. Herman represented the United States at meetings with Mexico and Canada pursuant to the NAFTA, at meetings of the G-8 environmental officials, and in numerous bi-lateral contexts. He was also the founder and first co-chair of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), an informal partnership of government officials, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
Before joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Herman was an Assistant Section Chief and senior trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice for fifteen years. He litigated numerous matters involving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the federal Quiet Title Act, the Antiquities Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and other complex land use matters of national interest.
Mr. Herman has been a frequent speaker at international conferences in the United States and overseas, bar groups, and trade associations, discussing numerous matters related to environmental enforcement and other environmental and natural resource issues.
Geoff Garver is pursuing jointly a PhD in geography and an LLM at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He is engaged in a cross-disciplinary study on new policy and regulatory strategies for maintaining the human enterprise within the Earth’s ecological limits.
His research objective is to propose “novel and adaptive forms of governance” (Rockström et al. 2009) based on scientifically and ethically derived ecological boundaries within which the human enterprise must operate to avoid irreversible systemic breakdown. This research will build on recent work to establish a comprehensive set of such boundaries at the global level, most prominently the proposal by Rockström and colleagues (2009) of “planetary boundaries” of “safe operating space” for humanity.
In 2010, President Obama appointed him to the Joint Public Advisory Committee of North America’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation. From 2000-2007, he was Director of Submissions on Enforcement Matters at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, managing complaints of ineffective environmental enforcement by NAFTA countries. From 1989-1993 and 1995-2000, Mr. Garver was an attorney in the U.S. Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division. From 1993-1995, he was Senior Policy Counsel in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the U.S. EPA. From 1987-1989, he clerked for Judge Conrad Cyr in the U.S. District Court in Maine. Mr. Garver received his B.S. (chemical engineering) from Cornell University (1982) and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School (1987).
Watch Mr. Garver's talk here.
Margaret B. McLean, '92, is a Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary for CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd., an American-based global full-service provider of consulting, design, construction, and operations services. CH2MHill is a leader of environmental service firms and was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute for four consecutive years (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). Ms. McLean oversees a team of 52 legal and risk management professionals who provide legal, insurance, and compliance support for the enterprise in 75+ countries.
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