AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Environmental Enforcement and Crimes
The Yates Memo: Potential Implications for Environmental Enforcement
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Via teleconference No CLE credit
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The Yates Memo, issued in September 2015, calls upon Department of Justice prosecutors to hold individuals accountable for corporate wrongdoing. Given the breadth of many environmental criminal laws, as well as the Yates Memo’s application to civil liability, the memo could lead to significant changes in environmental enforcement. Our speakers are industry leaders in environmental enforcement and defense, who will share their analyses of the Memo’s potential implications.
Presenter: Kris Dighe
Kris is Senior Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental Crimes Section, where he is focused on investigating and prosecuting environmental crimes, and developing and commenting on proposed Department policy and proposed legislation. He has represented the United States in federal courts throughout the country, and sits on a number of Department-wide and Division-wide committees. Prior to joining the Environmental Crimes Section, Kris was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit for ten years, where he prosecuted environmental crimes, public corruption, complex white collar crimes and criminal civil rights violations, as well as general reactive crimes such as bank robberies and guns and drugs violations. Before that, he engaged in civil litigation with law firms in Detroit and Miami, and served as a federal law clerk in Miami. A graduate of the Wayne State University Law School and Butler University, Kris is a Professional Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School and sits on the City of Rockville’s Ethics Commission.
Presenter: Carrick Brooke-Davidson
Mr. Brooke-Davidson is a shareholder in the Austin, Texas office of Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C. He has practiced environmental law since 1985, when he received his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. His practice has included all facets of environmental law: he has experience with all the significant federal environmental laws and their Texas counterparts; his practice has involved litigation, arbitration, mediation, enforcement, permitting, transactions, and counseling; he has worked with various industries including chemicals, energy, agriculture, manufacturing, and real estate; and he has practiced in government as well as in private firms. He has practiced before numerous regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”).
Presenter: Mark Schneider
Mark is a litigation partner in the government enforcement defense and internal investigations group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He represents clients in criminal and civil proceedings before government agencies including the EPA and Department of Justice, often in matters involving heavily regulated markets and/or an international dimension. Prior to entering private practice, Mark was a federal prosecutor for more than ten years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, where he served in senior roles including as Chief of Appeals and Deputy Chief of Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions. Mark also spent a year on special assignment in Baghdad helping to manage the Justice Department’s operations in Iraq. A graduate of Indiana, Oxford, and Harvard Law School, Mark is a lecturer at the University of Chicago and member of the American Law Institute.
Moderator/Presenter: Jeremy Peterson
Jeremy is an associate with Arnold & Porter LLP’s Environmental Practice Group who focuses on representing clients in criminal and civil environmental enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Lacey Act, and other statutes. Previously, Jeremy served as an Honors Trial Attorney in DOJ’s Environmental Crimes Section, where represented the government in numerous trials and argued before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Jeremy is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Swarthmore College, and is a Vice Chair of the Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee of ABA SEER.