James Arnone, Latham & Watkins LLP; Sean Hecht, executive director, Environmental Law Center, UCLA School of Law;Jeffrey Dinzer, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Hon. Peter D. Lichtman (ret.), JAMS; Richard Atwater, executive director, Southern California Water Committee; Doug Obegi, Natural Resources Defense Counsel
Program topics include recent developments in environmental law, an update on recent trends in CEQA (including legislation to limit its application), the end of redevelopment in California and its impact on the clean-up of contaminated sites, and the status of the ongoing Delta litigation and its potential effect on water supply in California. The panels will also address topics of practical concern, including strategies to secure contribution to clean-up costs from potentially responsible parties, use of environmental insurance to resolve disputes and close deals, and dispute resolution alternatives to the traditional environmental litigation model.