Environmental Law Program

ELP Travel Grant sends Christopher Odoca ʻ12 to D.C. to Attend Envtʻl Law Advanced Course of Study

ELP awarded ELP certificate candidate, Christopher Odoca (3L), with a travel grant to attend the 42nd Annual Environmental Law Advanced Course of Study in Washington D.C.  The Environmental Law Institute and ALI-ABA co-sponsored the course, which took place from February 1 – 3 at the Washington Plaza Hotel.

The Environmental Law Advanced Course of Study provided attendees with a broad overview of all the latest developments arising in each of the major areas of environmental law.  Some of the major areas that the course covered included the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and CERCLA.  The course featured sixteen hours of instruction, covering legislative initiatives, regulatory changes, recent judicial decisions, and new precedent issued by the Obama administration.  It was geared to benefit attorneys who are engaged in or are planning to engage in the practice of environmental law.

The course was taught by an array of distinguished presenters, who brought course attendees up-to-date on different areas of environmental law.  Among the presenters were:

Lisa Heinzerling, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.;

Katherine “Kit” Kennedy, Natural Resources Defense Council, New York;

Steve Black, Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington D.C.; and

Peter Hsiao, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Los Angeles, California.

Christopher writes:

Big thanks to ELP for providing me with a travel grant to attend the environmental law course in Washington, D.C.  After law school, I hope to practice in the field of environmental law, and the D.C. course provided me with an invaluable learning and networking experience. The D.C. course exposed me to many major areas of environmental law and connected me to various seasoned practitioners, law professors, and other professionals at advocacy organizations.  I hope to use what I learned in D.C. to do some good back home in Guam!