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

September 28, 2018 | 6.0 Law and Legal CLE Credits | WSBA Activity ID #1080141

A Pacific Northwest Environmental Law program as current and relevant as the issues and challenges facing Washington today. Join program chairs Margaret Cerrato-Blue and Maureen Mitchell and Co-sponsor Fox Rothschild LLP along with an outstanding faculty in examining the most current environmental impacts here at the edge of the world.


Agenda and speakers are subject to change

8:00 - 8:25 a.m

Registration and Coffee Service

8:25 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction to the Day

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Session 1 - Endangered Species Update

  • Update on Rulemaking & Litigation 
  • Threatened Maritime Species - Salmon, Killer Whales


Matthew Love, Van Ness Feldman LLP

Jennifer Quan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Chris Fontecchio, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Session 2 - The Public Trust

  • Overview of Current Impact of Public Trust Doctrine on Public and Private Tidelands
  • Role of DNR in Protecting Public's Interest 


Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, Dept. of Natural Resources

Maureen Mitchell, Fox Rothschild

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Session 3 - Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

  • Update on Climate Change Litigation
  • Economic, Social, and Political Impacts of Ocean Acidification
  • Governmental Solutions to Climate Change Problems


Michael Mayer, Seattle University School of Law

Meg Chadsey, Washington Sea Grant, College of the Environment, University of Washington

11:45 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 - 2:00 p.m

Session 4 - Critical Environmental Challenges for Ports; and Public Sector Challenges

  • Storm Water Permitting Compliance
  • Responding to Citizen Suits


Owen Reese, Aspect Consulting

Sarah Kronholm, P.E. SLR International Corporation

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Session 5 - Tribal Issues: Fishing Rights, Culverts and More

  • The Culvert Case
  • Current Issues Related to Natural Resource Co-Management


Connie Sue Martin, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Lauren J. King, Foster Pepper PLLC

John J. Hollowed, Sr., Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.


3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Session 6 - Are Coastal Businesses Subject to the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security's Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)?; Ammonia Release Reporting at Ports and Coastal Businesses

  • Regulatory and Compliance Overview & Cybersecurity
  • Cold Storage Facilities and Other Potentially Regulated Coastal Facilities
  • 2018 Congressional Reauthorization
  • Compliance with EPA's Hazardous Substances Storage and Release Reporting Requirements for Port and Coastal Businesses


Margaret Cerrato-Blue, Fox Rothschild

Heather Bartlett, Principal Engineer, SLR International Corporation

4:15 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn


Program Chairs

Margaret K. Cerrato-Blue

Margaret represents commercial and manufacturing clients in environmental, natural resource and litigation matters in Washington and California. She focuses her practice on regulatory compliance, including California's controversial "Proposition 65" chemical warning law, federal and state OSHA regulations and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). She also represents clients in Superfund-type cleanup cases at legacy remediation sites such as at harbors and airports.

Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Margaret was a principal at Riddell Williams. Margaret began her legal career as a commercial litigator in the Los Angeles office of an international law firm, where she focused on insurance recovery for environmental response costs. She was also formerly a general practitioner with an emphasis on civil litigation. She holds her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center; an M.A. in International Studies from University of Washington; and her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in Foreign Service studies.

Throughout her career, Margaret has provided pro bono legal assistance on family law matters to low-income women.

Maureen Mitchell

Maureen's practice centers on environmental litigation and regulatory matters, including CERCLA and post-cleanup Natural Resource Damage claims, RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Model Toxics Control Act, SEPA/NEPA, climate change/carbon markets and water rights. Her litigation practice also has a particular emphasis on commercial disputes, insurance, real estate, environmental land use and Indian law. Maureen has broad experience in litigating matters through trial, but also believes in accomplishing negotiated resolutions of disputes. She represents clients in domestic and international arbitrations, and in state and federal courts at the trial level and on appeal.

Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Maureen was an attorney at a Seattle law firm that focuses on environmental and business litigation. Immediately after law school, she was a law clerk to the Honorable H. Joseph Coleman of the Washington State Court of Appeals. She attended University of Washington School of Law and Smith College.

Throughout her career, Maureen has advised Russian-speaking clients through their native language. She also volunteers with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Projects to help defend the rights of immigration clients.

Program Faculty

Lauren J. King

Lauren has a transactional business practice emphasizing software and other technology licensing, distribution and compliance.  In addition, she represents Native Ameircan Tribes on a number of regulatory and business issues, as well as in complex litigation matters.

Lauren's transactional experience includes drafting and negotiating services agreements, including master services agreements, SAAS, licensing, publishing, cross-marketing, distribution, localization, porting, QA, customer service and game development agreements.  She advises clients regarding digital/virtual currency laws, proper terms of use/privacy policies and End User License Agreements.  Lauren has negottiated several international licensing agreements.  She also advises clients with respect to privacy and data security obligations under federal law and applicable state security, privacy and breach notification laws.

John J. Hollowed, Sr.

John J. Hollowed has been working the the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) for the past 25 years.  His primary duties are to coordinate tribal policy, legal, and technical staff regarding United States v. Washington, Phase ll and other related activities.  Prior to his work with the NWIFC, John worked with a county prosecutor's office, the Department of Justice, and as a fisheries manager with one of the tribes in eastern Washington.  John received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Illinois, Master's degree in Oceanography from Old Dominion University, and law degree from Seattle University (July 2012).

Hilary S. Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands

Hilary Franz was sworn in as Washington's 14th Commissioner of Public Lands on January 11, 2017.
The Commissioner of Public Lands administers the state Department of Natural Resources and its 1,500 employees, directs the management of over 5.6 million acres of state-owned lands, supervises DNR's wildfire protection on millions of acres of state and private forestlands, and chairs the state's Board of Natural Resources and the Forest Practices Board.
Prior to being elected, Commissioner Franz was executive director of Futurewise, an organization committed to implementing smart, sustainable land use and transportation policies. In this role, she brought together local governments, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups to protect the environment and grow strong local economies.
She served four years on the Bainbridge Island City Council, where she developed nationally-recognized energy and environmental policies and programs.
In addition, Hilary has served on numerous state and regional boards and commissions, working to strengthen and protect both the environment and local economies.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Smith College and a juris doctor from Northeastern University Law School.

Heather Bartlett, Principal engineer

Heather has over 30 years of experience as an environmental compliance specialist.  Half of her career was working in the pulp and paper industry at both the individual facility and corporate environmental positions.  As an environmental consultant, she works with manufacturing companies across the US and Canada specializing in environmental compliance, permitting, and auditing for the multi-medias (Air, Water, Waste Management, and Hazardous Materials).  Heather leads the Environmental Management, Planning and Approvals Sector for the SLR US Operations.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University.


General Registration - $225.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $195.00

In-person and live webcast options available.