For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law


Law School Hosts Review of Environmental Supreme Court Cases

As the 2009-2010 Supreme Court Term gets underway, the UW School of Law will host a half-day discussion on October 23 of the five environmental law cases heard by the court in the 2008-09 term, as well as previewing cases for 2009-10. Top Northwest environmental lawyers will also discuss the direction of the Court and how the appointment of Justice Sonia Sotomayor may impact the court's environmental docket.

PRE-REGISTRATION TO ATTEND THIS PROGRAM IS REQUIRED. The cost for attorneys who wish to earn 3.75 CLE credits is $50. Students and other members of the University of Washington community may attend for free. To register, please go to the UW School of Law CLE link:


  • Loren Dunn, principal and chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Group, Riddell Williams P.S.
  • Bradley M. Marten, founder and Managing Partner of Marten Law Group
  • Michael Mayer, project attorney with the Alaska office of EarthJustice
  • Tisha Pagalilauan, partner at K&L Gates in the environmental practice group
  • Michael Robinson-Dorn, associate professor at the UW School of Law
  • Mary Sue Wilson, senior assistant attorney general for the Washington State Attorney General


  • Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council (challenge to the U.S. Navy active sonar testing program)
  • Summers v. Earth Island Institute (challenge to the sale of timber from fire-damaged federal lands)
  • Entergy Corp. v. Riverkeeper (challenge to the EPAs use of cost-benefit analysis under the CWA)
  • Burlington Northern v. United States (challenge to scope of joint and several liability, and arranger liability under CERCLA)
  • Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (challenge to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authority to permit discharges from mining operations into navigable waters)
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection v. Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. (whether the state's legislation to restore storm-eroded beaches along the ocean or lakeshores, modifying the private property boundary line, constitutes a judicial taking or violates the due process clause)
  • California v. USDA (challenging the Clinton Roadless Rule)

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