On the Edge of the World—Navigating Environmental and Legal Challenges on the Washington Coast

October 13, 2017 | 6.0 Law and Legal CLE Credits, pending

A Pacific Northwest Environmental Law program as current and relevant as the issues and challenges facing Washington today. Join Chairperson David Weber and an outstanding faculty in examining the most current environmental impacts here at the edge of the world.


Please note that the date of this program has been moved from June 23, 2017 to October 13, 2017.

Sessions will address:

Waking the Leviathan

Washington's Ocean Resources Management Act and Perspectives on Evaluating Coastal Fossil Fuel Projects after Quinault Indian Nation v. Imperium Terminal Services, LLC.

The Public Trust

Recent Developments in DNR's Management of Washington State's Aquatic Lands.

Clearing the Air

Climate Change and Clean Air Strategies - An Update on West Coast Initiatives to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change

Critical Environmental Challenges and Initiatives for Pacific Northwest Ports

Investing in Marine Industry and the Marine Environment.

Tribal Issues: Beyond Culverts!

Tribal Involvement in Shaping Environmental Policy and Decision-making in the Pacific Northwest.


Program Developers

David Weber

David is the Chair of the Beveridge & Diamond Environmental Practice Group. His practice is focused on environmental, energy and natural resources law. He assists clients with permitting, compliance, and regulatory matters under federal and state laws, including the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and National and State Environmental Policy Acts. He also represents clients in a wide variety of environmental litigation matters, including CERCLA and state Superfund actions and multiparty allocation proceedings; natural resource damage claims; government enforcement actions; and citizen suits. Additionally, he assists clients with corporate and real estate transactions, due diligence investigations, audits, environmental management systems and climate change issues.

Gus Winkes

Gus is an Associate in the Beveridge & Diamond Environmental practice group. His practice focuses on contaminated site cleanup and litigation under CERCLA and state superfund statutes. He also advises clients on regulatory compliance and enforcement under federal and state air quality and climate change laws. Before joining the Firm, Gus interned at the Seattle City Attorney's Office, the San Francisco City Attorney's Office and the Sierra Club. In law school, Gus served as an editor of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and co-founded the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law. He also served as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate environmental law and policy course. Prior to law school, Gus worked as an environmental consultant in Seattle.

Emerson Hilton

Emerson Hilton is an Associate in the Beveridge & Diamond Environmental and Natural Resources practice group. Emerson represents clients in matters involving environmental litigation and compliance counseling, including air and water quality regulation, hazardous waste handling and remediation, and contaminated site cleanups under the federal and state Superfund laws. Emerson also has experience in administrative litigation involving utility rate-making and regulatory approvals, including matters related to renewable energy, general rates, fuel supply and cost recovery, and resource planning. In addition, Emerson has handled matters involving Indian and tribal law, land use and real estate, and appellate advocacy. Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, Emerson was a partner at a boutique environmental, energy, and land use law firm in Michigan, where he represented numerous clients in litigation before federal, state, and tribal courts, as well as state administrative agencies.

Emerson previously worked as a legal intern at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Chicago and the National Wildlife Federation in Ann Arbor. Prior to law school, Emerson was a Staff Editor at The Atlantic magazine in Boston.


General Registration - $225.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $195.00

In-person and live webcast options available.