Law Seminars International Presents: An Advanced One-Day Workshop on

The latest on the compliance process from developing proposals through judicial review

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

January 16, 2008
Red Lion Hotel in Seattle, WA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, legal advisors, environmental professionals, developers and government representatives

Why Order

This workshop will cover the entire range of SEPA/NEPA compliance processes, from developing proposals and alternatives through judicial review, for both project and non-project actions. The program will be oriented to proposals large and small, addressing exemption determinations, mitigated DNSs, FONSIs and EISs, and will include perspectives of government agencies, proponents and opponents.

In recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of SEPA/NEPA compliance teams, the respective roles of lawyers, environmental professionals and governmental officials will be a pervasive theme, as will similarities and differences between SEPA, NEPA, GMA and joint compliance processes.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Rodney L. Brown, Jr., Esq. and Richard L. Settle, Esq.

You Will Learn About


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

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

Richard L. Settle, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

SEPA/NEPA Case Law Update


Richard L. Settle, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA


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

9:45 am

SEPA and the Consolidated Permit Appeal Process, Administrative Appeals and Judicial Review

Local issues (Brightwater); general requirement for consolidation

Jennifer Dold, Esq.
Bricklin Newman Dold, LLP / Seattle, WA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Designing SEPA/NEPA Compliance for Major Projects

Defining the action; joint SEPA/NEPA review; phased reviews; single process; regulatory reform (RCW 43.21C.240 and planned actions)

Lloyd Skinner, AICP, Northwest Regional Director
ESA Adolfson / Seattle, WA

What to do when you know litigation is coming

J. Tayloe Washburn, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

11:30 am

SEPA/NEPA and Climate Change

New policy initiatives at the state and local levels

Jay J. Manning, Esq., Director
Washington State Department of Ecology / Olympia, WA

Jim Lopez, Esq., Deputy Chief of Staff
King County Executive Office / Seattle, WA

12:30 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:45 pm

Writing the Perfect Cumulative Impacts Analysis Under SEPA and NEPA

A six-part model for those who write or review EAs and EISs, combining science and the law

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

2:30 pm

SEPA Administrative and Statutory Categorical Exemptions, Defining the Proposal and Cumulative Impacts

SEPA/GMA integration; infill development; cumulative impacts

John C. McCullough, Esq.
McCullough Hill, PS / Seattle, WA

Urban/Forest interface

Cheryl Nielson, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Washington State Office of the Attorney General / Olympia, WA

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

EIS Design and Preparation

The roles of the legal advisor, environmental consultant and responsible official; the use of existing analyses; phased review; EIS supplementation and addenda; the comment process; regulatory reform; and SEPA/NEPA integration

G. Richard Hill, Esq.
McCullough Hill, PS / Seattle, WA

Richard Weinman, Esq.
Weinman Consulting, LLC / Mercer Island, WA

4:45 pm

SEPA and GMA Integration

For the comprehensive plan update, planned actions and unique clauses within the GMA

Shane Hope, AICP, Plannng and Development Director
City of Mountlake Terrace / Mountlake Terrace, WA

5:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 7 WA CLE credits, 7 WA Real Estate credits, and 8.5 WA Appraiser credits and 7 AICP/APA. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $605. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
Order Homestudy

Faculty Bios

Rodney L. Brown, Jr., Program Co-Chair, founder of Cascadia Law Group PLLC, specializes in environmental law. He worked on most of the region's Superfund cleanups, the permitting of major industrial and municipal facilities and the development of large-scale Brownfields properties. He was principal author of Washington's Superfund law and the Model Toxics Control Act, and was listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Richard L. Settle, Program Co-Chair and of counsel at Foster Pepper PLLC, practices land use and environmental law, including SEPA/NEPA law and litigation. He is Professor of Law Emeritus in land use, environmental property and tort law at Seattle University School of Law and author of The Washington State Environmental Policy Act, A Legal and Policy Analysis.

Jennifer Dold, partner at Bricklin Newman Dold, LLP, represents individuals, municipalities, environmental and neighborhood groups in land use and environmental cases. She has addressed various SEPA issues before local jurisdictions, the Shorelines Hearings Board, the Pollution Control Hearings Board and the Growth Management Hearings Board in Washington.

G. Richard Hill, founding principal of McCullough Hill, PS, practices land use, zoning and growth management law. He was listed in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Washington Law & Politics' "Top 100 Lawyers".

Shane Hope, Planning and Development Director for the City of Mountlake Terrace, led completion of a planned action environmental statement that combined SEPA and GMA analysis for Mountlake Terrace's Town Center. Previously she was Managing Director for Washington State's Growth Management Program.

Jim Lopez, Deputy Chief of Staff in the King County Executive Office of Ron Sims, leads the Executive's global warming team.

Jay J. Manning is Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology. Previously in private practice he focused on water resources, water quality, ESA issues, Brownfields redevelopment and environmental cleanup. He was Chief Counsel for the Washington State Department of Ecology and President of the Washington Environmental Council.

John C. McCullough, partner at McCullough Hill, PS, focuses on land use and real estate financing and development. He was listed in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Washington Law & Politics' "Superlawyer" and "Top 40 Environmental Lawyers".

Cheryl Nielson, Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, specializes in cases involving the state's regulation of timber harvesting and other forest practices, as well as state trust lands and real property matters. She is a Solicitor General Appellate Advisor.

Owen L. Schmidt is an environmental consultant and principal of Owen L. Schmidt LLC. Previously he was a Senior Counsel with the United States Department of Agriculture's Office of the General Counsel in Portland, Oregon and a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Oregon.

Lloyd Skinner, Northwest Regional Director at ESA Adolfson, is a senior planner managing environmental compliance for site development projects. He negotiates environmental and land use permits for transportation, water, wastewater and other infrastructure projects.

J. Tayloe Washburn, member at Foster Pepper PLLC, focuses on developing and managing entitlement strategies on large and complex, public and private projects, litigation, environmental and land use practice. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Washington Law & Politics' "Top 100 Lawyers" and "Super Lawyer", and as an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Richard Weinman, of Weinman Consulting, LLC, is an attorney and planner who focuses on GMA issues, comprehensive/sub-area plans and development regulations, project permitting, SEPA/NEPA compliance and preparation of environmental documents for programmatic actions and development projects.