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2019 Environmental Law CLE
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Note: The printed brochure for this CLE contains an error about the date. It is Thursday, March 21. The rapidly changing environmental regulation landscape today has many ramifications for attorneys practicing environmental and natural resources law. This CLE helps put these changes into context, bringing together attorneys and professors from many different backgrounds to discuss current and emerging issues in the practice of environmental and natural resources law in Montana. 6.75 CLE credits.

When: Thursday, March 21st
Where: Delta Colonial Hotel
2301 Colonial Drive
Helena, Montana  59601
United States
Contact: Meagan Gallagher

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Note: The printed brochure for this CLE contains an error about the date of the event. The correct date is Thursday, March 21.


Thursday a.m.


Annual Meeting of Natural Resources,
Energy & Environmental Law Section


Registration (Breakfast Included)


Welcoming Remarks


Waters of the United States Panel Talk

Jay Weiner, Michelle Bryan, Kurt Moser,
and Ed Surbrugg


Conservation Easements vs. Land Acquisitions: Public Interest, Mineral Development, and Statutory Interpretation

Carolyn Sime, Raphael Graybill




Legal and Factual Issues in Litigating
a CERCLA Contribution Case

Kris A. McLean, Rachel A. Parkin

Thursday p.m.


Lunch (Provided) and Special Talk:
Update from New DEQ Director

Shaun McGrath


Disaster Dollars – Preparing for, Recovering from Economic Effects of Natural Disasters

Jim Jaffe


Regulatory Unwind, Part 1: Environmental Laws and Regulatory Climate in
This Time of Transition

Chris Stoneback




Regulatory Unwind, Part 2: A Review of
Litigation Related to Regulation Rollbacks

Kevin Cassidy


Adjourn—Sponsored Reception




  • Mac Smith, Esq., Doney Crowley, PC, Helena 
    (Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law 
    Section Chair)


  • Michelle Bryan, Esq., Professor of Law, Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, Missoula
  • Kevin Cassidy, Esq., Earthrise Law Center, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, OR
  • Raphael Graybill, Chief Legal Counsel, Governor’s Office, Helena
  • Jim Jaffe, Esq., Author and Adjunct Professor, Montana Tech
  • Shaun McGrath, Director, Montana Department of 
    Environmental Quality
  • Kris A McLean, Esq., Kris A. McLean Law Firm, PLLC, 
  • Kurt Moser, Esq., Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Helena
  • Rachel A. Parkin, Esq., Milodragovich, Dale & Steinbrenner, PC, Missoula
  • Carolyn Sime, Esq., Montana Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation, Helena
  • Chris Stoneback, Esq., Crowley Fleck, PLLP, Billings
  • Ed Surbrugg, Ph.D., Senior Soil Scientist, Tetra Tech, Helena
  • Jay Weiner, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, 
    Montana Attorney General’s Office, Helena


The seminar is at the Delta Colonial Hotel

2301 Colonial Drive, Helena, MT 59601

A very limited number of rooms have been blocked; please make your RESERVATIONS BEFORE February 20, 2019, to get the discount price of $126+ tax. You may call the hotel at

406-443-2100 and reference State Bar of Montana.


BETTR Section transactional practice mentor program


New to transactional practice? Don’t know where to find answers?

Providing limited-scope input within the mentor’s discretion, a mentor from the Business, Estates, Trusts, Tax and Real Property Section may be able to help. To learn more, or to find a mentor, email Kathleen Magone, chair of Education and Outreach Committee of the BETTR section, at