Law Seminars International Presents

An Advanced One-Day Workshop on


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

January 17, 2007
Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Legal advisors, environmental professionals and government representatives

Why Attend

"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 that are large and small, addressing exemption determinations, mitigated DNSs and FONSIs, and EISs, and will include the 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 and NEPA and joint compliance processes." ~ Program Co-Chairs: Charles R. Blumenfeld Esq. and Rodney L. Brown, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~SEPA/NEPA case law updates ~ SEPA and the consolidated permit appeal process ~ SEPA administrative and statutory categorical exemptions ~ Cumulative impacts analysis under SEPA & NEPA ~ Designing SEPA/NEPA compliance for major projects ~ EIS design and preparation ~ Integration of SEPA and GMA ~ Administrative appeals and judicial review

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Worthwhile! ~ Good seminar; covered a great deal of ground ~ The binder is great, and will be very helpful in the years to come ~ Excellent panels, very informative.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Charles R. Blumenfeld, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
  Rodney L. Brown, Jr., Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cascadia Law Group PLLC / Seattle, WA
8:45 am SEPA/NEPA Case Law Update
  Richard L. Settle, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA
  David D. Dicks, Esq.
Cascadia Law Group PLLC / Seattle, WA
9:30 am SEPA and the Consolidated Permit Appeal Process
  Charles R. Blumenfeld, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
10:00 am Break
10:15 am SEPA Administrative and Statutory Categorical Exemptions, Defining the Proposal, and Cumulative Impacts
  Traffic, and surface water management
  John C. "Jack" McCullough, Esq.
McCullough Hill, PS / Seattle, WA
  Forest practices: recent decisions
  Cheryl Nielson, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Washington State Office of the Attorney Genera - Natural Resources Division / Olympia, WA
11:15 am 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., Senior Counsel
United States Department of Agriculture, Office of the General Counsel / Portland, OR
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Designing SEPA/NEPA Compliance for Major Projects
  Phased reviews, single process, regulatory reform (RCW 43.21C.240 and planned action), and joint SEPA/NEPA review (Boss v. WSDOT)
  Lloyd Skinner, AICP, Director, Northwest Region
ESA Adolphson / Seattle, WA
  Eric S. Laschever, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA
2:30 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
  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
  Richard Weinman, Esq., Senior Principal
Weinman Consulting, LLC / Seattle, WA
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Integration of SEPA and GMA
  SEPA/GMA integration from three perspectives: SEPA/GMA integration for the comprehensive plan update, integration for planned actions, and integration for unique clauses within the GMA, such as major industrial developments
  Karin Berkholtz, Program Manager, Growth Management Services
Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development / Olympia, WA
4:15 pm The Aftermath of I-933
  What led to it and what may be coming in the future
  Roger A. Pearce, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA
4:45 pm Administrative Appeals and Judicial Review
  Deborah L. Cade, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Washington State Office of the Attorney General / Olympia, WA
  Patrick J. "Pat" Schneider, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA
5:30 pm Evaluations and 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, January 11, 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 6 WA CLE credits and 6.5 AICP CPD. Appraiser and Real Estate credits are pending. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The workshop will be held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel at 515 Madison St. in Seattle, WA 98104. Call the hotel directly at (206) 583-0300 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $159 and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International seminar, Cluster Code L64. Rooms are on a first come, first served 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

Charles R. Blumenfeld, Program Co-Chair, partner at Perkins Coie LLP, is chair of the firm's Nationwide Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group. He has been involved in permitting and enforcement matters under the federal and state Clean Water Acts, Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERCLA, and MTCA. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers of America, Who's Who in America, and in Best Lawyers: Environmental and Natural Resource Law
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Rodney L. Brown, Jr., Program Co-Chair, founder and partner of Cascadia Law Group PLLC, has worked on most of the region's Superfund cleanups and the permitting of major industrial and municipal facilities. He was the principal author of Washington's Superfund Law and the Model Toxics Control Act and advises clients on environmental topics.

Karin Berkholtz is a program manager with the Growth Management Services unit at the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. Previously, she managed President Clinton’s Economic Adjustment Initiative, secured congressional appropriations for the State’s salmon disaster and groundfish disaster, and worked on Governor Gregoire’s Land Use Agenda.

Deborah L. Cade, an Assistant Attorney General in the Transportation and Public Construction Division of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, is Chief Environmental Counsel to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

David Dicks, partner at Cascadia Law Group PLLC, focuses his practice on natural resource projects and has facilitated the development of numerous Habitat Conservation Plans under the Endangered Species Act. He has extensive experience with NEPA, SEPA, and the Clean Water Act and helped catalyze the development of the Governor's new Puget Sound Partnership. He has been selected to be included in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

G. Richard Hill, founding principal of McCullough Hill, PS, practices land use, zoning and growth management law, and has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Seattle and in the Top 100 Lawyers in Washington Law & Politics.

Eric S. Laschever, principal, at Stoel Rives LLP, in the areas of land use, environmental and hazardous waste law, heads the firm's Seattle land use practice. He advises clients on the requirements of NEPA and SEPA in major project permitting, including the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Sound Transit's North Commuter Rail, Kent Station, the Columbia River Channel Improvement Project and the Snake River Maintenance Dredge Program.

John C. "Jack" McCullough, principal, McCullough Hill, PS, concentrates his practice primarily on land use law and real estate financing and development. He has experience in the Growth Management Act, zoning, shoreline regulations, environmental compliance and wetland regulation and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in Seattle and Best Lawyers in America.

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. In addition, she handles certain real property matters for the state and is a Solicitor General Appellate Advisor.

Roger A. Pearce chairs Foster Pepper PLLC's Environmental and Land Use Practice Group and focuses his practice on land use law and land use litigation.

Owen L. Schmidt, senior counsel with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the General Counsel in Portland, Oregon, advises the Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other USDA agencies in Washington and Oregon, and is also a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Oregon.

Patrick J. "Pat" Schneider, member of the Land Use and Environmental Practice Group at Foster Pepper PLLC, was Director of the Land Use Section of the Seattle City Attorney's Office, a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County, and former Chair of the Environmental and Land Use Section of the WA State Bar.

Richard L. Settle, Professor of Law Emeritus, Seattle University Law School and of counsel at Foster Pepper PLLC, teaches, lectures, and practices in land use, environmental, administrative and property law. He is the author of the Washington State Environmental Policy Act, A Legal and Policy Analysis (1987, annual rev.eds. 1990-2006).

Lloyd Skinner, Director, Northwest Region, for ESA Adolfson, has experience managing projects to comply with NEPA and SEPA requirements. His focus has been environmental documentation for major public infrastructure projects throughout the Northwest

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

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