Law Seminars International Presents

A One-Day Workshop with Leading Experts on

Marine Shoreline Development

Navigating federal, state and local permit processes triggered by shoreline development

February 21, 2007
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, city planners, property owners, developers, agency and government officials and anyone else needing practical and up to date shoreline information

Why Attend

Marine shorelands provide some of the most sought after areas for various developments, from waterfront residences to water dependent commercial and industrial uses, to marine aquaculture. At the same time these shorelines contain ecologically valuable and sensitive habitats important to a wide variety of species, including salmon and other species listed under the Endangered Species Act. While the supply of marine areas suitable for development decreases, the regulatory processes required to develop in those areas has become increasingly complex. Attend this workshop to learn from leading experts how to successfully navigate the federal, state and local permit processes that are triggered by shoreline development. ~Program Co-Chairs: Samuel W. Plauche, Esq. and Chris Cziesla

What You Will Learn

~Corps permitting under CWA Section 404 and RHA Section 10 ~Endangered Species Act issues ~Magnuson-Stevens Act consultation issues ~Shoreline guidelines and current Shoreline Management Act issues ~Mitigation alternatives ~Special issues for port districts


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Samuel W. "Billy" Plauché, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
  Chris Cziesla, Program Co-Chair, Associate Principal
Jones & Stokes Associates, Inc. / Bellevue, WA
8:45 am Opening Address
  Role of the Office of Regulatory Assistance in navigating federal, state and local permit processes
  Faith L. Lumsden, Director
Governor's Office of Regulatory Assistance / Olympia, WA
9:30 am Corps Permitting Under CWA Section 404 and RHA Section 10
  Including an overview of available marine RGPs and programmatic Bes (RGP for overwater structures, PBE for piling replacement)
  Craig Juckniess, Deputy District Counsel
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / Seattle, WA
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Endangered Species Act Issues
  Impact of new listings and critical habitat designations on Puget Sound shoreline development; WRIA projects (funding and relationship to potential development projects and sub basin planning/shared strategy)
  Jessica K. Ferrell
Marten Law Group PLLC / Seattle, WA
  Habitat Conservation Plans and their potential to address large scale shoreline development (examples to explore WDFW HPA, DNR aquatic land HCP, Port of Vancouver HCP, King County WTD HCP)
  James M. Lynch, Esq.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Magnuson-Stevens Act Consultation Issues
  Essential fish habitat consultation
  Chris Cziesla, Program Co-Chair
Jones & Stokes / Bellevue, WA
  John Stadler, Northwest EFH Coordinator
NMFS Washington State Habitat Office / Lacey, WA
2:15 pm Shoreline Guidelines and Current Shoreline Management Act Issues
  New shoreline guidelines
  Eric S. Laschever, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA
  Shorelines and critical areas interface: Going over the decisions relating to whether all marine shorelines are critical areas protected under GMA; what GMA "critical areas" designation means, as opposed to Shoreline Management Act protections
  Laura C. Kisielius, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Civil Division
Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office / Everett, WA
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Mitigation Alternatives
  New state guidelines
  Jennifer Buening
Windward Environmental LLC / Seattle, WA
  New federal regulations
  Gail Terzi, Environmental Analyst--Regulatory Branch
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / Seattle, WA
4:45 pm Special Issues for Port Districts
  WERTA 2000; regulatory processes relating to shoreline development in Port Districts
  Tadas A. Kisielius, Esq.
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
5:30 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $595 with a group rate of $520 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $445. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $297.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2007. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. 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, 8 Appraiser and Real Estate credits and 7 AICP CPD credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The workshop will be held at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at 321 Mercer Street in Seattle, WA 98109. For sleeping room reservations, contact Elisabeth Hamon at the Westin Seattle (1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101) at (206) 727-5895. Mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International conference. Rooms are on a space available basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

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).
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Faculty Bios

Chris Cziesla, Program Co-Chair, Associate Principal at Jones & Stokes Associates, Inc., is a marine biologist specializing in regulatory compliance strategies. He has managed projects and conducted research on waterfront modifications (e.g., docks, bulkheads, in-water structures), dredging impacts, shellfish ecology and aquaculture, estuarine circulation, eelgrass restoration, and tideland and salt marsh alteration and restoration. His experience includes water quality and habitat assessment and classification for marine and fresh water systems.

Samuel W. "Billy" Plauché, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Buck & Gordon LLP where he represents municipal and private clients in land use and environmental matters, including litigation in federal and state courts and before the Growth Management Hearings Board, the Pollution Control Hearings Board and the Shoreline Hearings Board.

Jennifer Buening, Environmental Scientist at Windward Environmental LLC, has experience in biological research, site assessment, and wetland delineation, as well as a special interest in habitat restoration. She is currently involved in risk assessments, biological assessments, restoration planning, and remedial investigation at Windward.

Jessica K. Ferrell, attorney at Marten Law Group PLLC in Seattle, WA, focuses on environmental and natural resource litigation. She has special expertise in endangered species and marine resource issues in the western United States.

Craig Juckniess, Deputy District Counsel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Seattle District, provides advice on regulatory permitting and enforcement, as well as environmental law, civil works, contracting, standards of conduct, personnel law, and tort claims.

Laura C. Kisielius is a deputy prosecuting attorney in the Environmental and Land Use Unit of the Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. She advises the County on a wide array of land use matters, including the Growth Management Act and the Shoreline Management Act. She frequently represents the County before the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board and in the state courts. Prior to joining the County, she was a land use attorney with Bingham McCutchen LLP in the California Bay Area.

Tadas A. Kisielius of Buck & Gordon LLP specializes in representing clients in litigation over land use and permitting issues. He has appeared on behalf of clients in local legislative proceedings, in state and federal court, and in administrative adjudicative proceedings, including appearances before the Growth Management Hearings Board, the Pollution Control Hearings Board, the Shoreline Hearings Board, and the Boundary Review Board.

Eric S. Laschever, principal in the areas of land use, environmental and hazardous waste law, heads Stoel Rives LLP's Seattle Land Use Practice. He has advised private and public clients, including the State of Washington, on GMA implementation and compliance.

Faith L. Lumsden is Director of the Governor's Office of Regulatory Assistance. Her career in public service includes work in local and state land use planning, environmental permitting, and organizational development. Previously she managed a private consulting practice. Her major projects included the Stevens County comprehensive plan, permitting for the Port Ludlow master planned resort, and work with Bastyr University on campus expansion plans.

James M. Lynch, of counsel with Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, focuses on regulatory compliance and environmental law with an emphasis on the Federal Power Act, ESA and NEPA. He advises industry associations including the timber industry, fishing groups and public utilities, on ESA compliance and permitting.

John Stadler is Northwest Regional Coordinator for Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) and a staff biologist at the National Marine Fisheries Service, Washington State Habitat Office. He is a regional expert on underwater acoustics, specializing in pile-driving effects, whose expertise includes marine fish. He earned his Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of Miami.

Gail Terzi is an Environmental Analyst for the Regulatory Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District. Her duties include assessment of project impacts for work in wetlands, streams and other water bodies, field investigations, and Endangered Species Act coordination. Her current special assignments include co-lead for the Mitigation Banking Program for the Seattle District.