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Jun 01, 2022

MCEA 2022 Environmental Law CLE Series

2022 MCEA Green Beagle Environmental Law CLE

After a successful launch of our Green Beagle series last year, The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) is excited to announce a three-part Continuing Legal Education (CLE) series for 2022. The free series will consist of two online sessions and culminate in an in-person half-day session in the fall.  

As a leading public interest environmental nonprofit in Minnesota, MCEA is on the cutting edge of environmental litigation in the state of Minnesota. We invite you to join our legal experts for pertinent and engaging sessions on environmental justice, mining regulation, and the Clean Water Act.


Clean Water Act at 50

November 15th, 1:00-5:30pm - in-person (w/ virtual option) at Mitchell Hamline (Auditorium, Room #245), st. Paul, MN

Approved for three hours of standard CLE credit.

MCEA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act in a half-day symposium. The successes of the Clean Water Act are clear — rivers are no longer on fire, and municipal waste water treatment has improved immensely. But more than half  of Minnesota's waters are still “impaired,” new threats continue to emerge, and agriculture, one of the largest sources of pollution, remains exempt. Join us to learn about historic successes and the challenges ahead for clean water in Minnesota! This mini-symposium is a free CLE designed for lawyers, but open to everyone with an interest in clean water. 


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1:00 - 2:00pm: Clean Water Act (CWA) 101
Get the basics of how the CWA works.
2:00 - 2:10pm: BREAK


Leigh Currie, J.D., Director of Strategic Litigation, MCEA

Olivia Carroll, Student Director, Environmental Law Clinic, U of M Law School and MCEA

Joy Anderson, J.D., Supervising Attorney, MCEA


2:00 - 2:10pm: BREAK


2:10 - 3:10pm: Cropped out: How the CWA regulates agriculture
While the CWA has had great successes reducing pollution from “point” sources, the same cannot be said about “non-point” sources. This hour will address the troubling and persistent water impacts of large-scale agriculture. 


Carly Griffith, Ph.D. Candidate, Water Program Director, MCEA

Ann E. Cohen, J.D., Senior Staff Attorney, MCEA

Stephanie Fitzgerald, J.D., Staff Attorney, MCEA


3:10 - 3:20pm: BREAK


3:20-4:20pm: Boiling over: hot topics in Clean Water Law
What are the hot topics in water law as the CWA turns 50? PFAS, tribal “treatment as a state” and “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) to name a few…


Mehmet Konar-Steenberg, J.D., Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline

Sara Van Norman, J.D., Founder, Van Norman Law, PLLC

Jay Eidsness, J.D., Staff Attorney, MCEA


4:30-5:30pm: Happy Hour/Reception


Mining the Climate Crisis: prioritizing recovery, recycling, and reuse

August 30th, 12:00pm - webinar

Approved for 1 standard CLE credit

Minnesota mining laws were written to both regulate and promote development of the state’s mineral resources. Panelists will review Minnesota law as it relates to the development of mineral resources, and how current laws prioritize mining over recovery, recycling, and reuse. The panelists will explore how the debate around “critical minerals” could invigorate efforts to build a more circular economy in Minnesota.

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Environmental Justice and Civil Rights: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

June 21st, 12:00pm - webinar

Approved for 1 Elimination of Bias CLE credit

Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act bars discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in any activity or program that receives federal funding. MCEA attorneys will discuss how Title VI has been used to make progress towards environmental justice and how the federal government has signaled renewed interest in conducting Title VI investigations. The panelists will look at some recent Title VI complaints and discuss the prospects for addressing the disparate impacts of pollution here in Minnesota. 

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