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Presentations

BirminghamCREW, “Closing Troubled Assets,” February 2011.   Participated in panel discussion on closing troubled assets in the current economy.

National Business Institute, Alabama Real Estate Law:  Advanced Issues and Answers, “Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions,” November 2010.   CLE presentation including an overview of environmental issues that arise in real estate transactions and how to manage them.

Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana State Bars, Deepwater Horizon: Legal Challenges & Environmental Consequences, “Natural Resource Damage Assessments and the Gulf Coast Oil Spill,” July 2010.   Moderated CLE panel discussing NRD assessments and litigation related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

National Business Institute, Environmental Law from A to Z, “Hazardous Waste Regulation” and “Major Issues in Water Use and Pollution,” July 2010.   CLE presentation outlining the basics of hazardous waste regulation, and water use and pollution.

BirminghamCREW, “Environmental Issues on Foreclosed Properties:  Avoiding the Landmines,” September 2009.   Presentation addressing how real estate agents, buyers and lenders can avoid or effectively deal with environmental problems which arise when foreclosing on property or purchasing previously foreclosed property.

Alabama State Bar Environmental Section, 18th Annual Beach & Bar Symposium, “New Owner Discovery of an Environmental Problem – What Do We Do Now?” June 2009.   Lead a panel role-playing discussion regarding how to deal with a serious environmental issue arising after purchase of a property for commercial development.

American Bar Association, Recent Developments in U.S. EPA Region 4, “What’s New in Water Law?” May 2009.   Moderated a CLE panel providing an update regarding recent developments in water law.

City of Birmingham, Economic Development Summit, “Recycling Contaminated Property for Fun and Profit,” November 2008.   Participated in panel discussion regarding federal and state brownfield redevelopment program and incentives at local government conference.

BirminghamCREW, “Making Brownfield Transactions Work,” March 2008.   Presented lecture regarding federal and state brownfield redevelopment program and incentives.

Alabama State Bar Environmental Section, 16th Annual Beach & Bar Symposium, “All Appropriate Inquiry:  What’s Different Now?” June 2007 (with Doug Bullock).   Co-presenter of CLE seminar regarding changes in AAI standards under new EPA regulations implementing CERCLA amendments of 2001.

Birmingham Regional Planning Commission, "Environmental Reporting Requirements and Brownfields," November 2006. Presentation regarding new FASB and GASB rules requiring enhanced reporting of potential environmental liabilities and the rules' potential effect on brownfields. slides

Business Council of Alabama, Environmental Committee Annual Workshop, "New Environmental Disclosure Requirements," July 2006. Presentation regarding Sarbanes-Oxley Act, new FASB rule and proposed GASB rule requiring enhanced reporting of potential environmental liabilities and the rules' potential effect on businesses. slides

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and City of Valley, Alabama, Brownfield Redevelopment Workshop, "Brownfield Redevelopment Law in Alabama," June 2006. Presented seminar regarding federal and state brownfield laws and economic redevelopment drivers. slides

Alabama State Bar Environmental Section, "Emergency Exemptions from Environmental Laws After Disasters," June 2006 (with Karen Bryan). Co-presenter of continuing education session regarding emergency exemptions from various federal and state environmental laws.

American Public Works Association, Alabama Chapter, "New Environmental Disclosure Requirements: What You Need to Report and a Potential Brownfield Solution," May 2006 (with Dale Fowler, CPA) . Presentation regarding new FASB rule and proposed GASB rule requiring enhanced reporting of potential environmental liabilities, the rules' potential effect on public works, and an overview of the brownfield market. slides

Birmingham Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), April 2006. Presented lecture regarding the effects of recent changes in environmental due diligence ("all appropriate inquiry") regulations. slides

Manufacture Alabama, "Protest, Civil Disobedience and Ecoterrorism," March 2006. Interactive presentation regarding dealing with environmental protesters and ecoterrorism for Manufacture Alabama's Safety and Security Committee. slides

Alabama Real Estate Research and Education Center, "Brownfield Redevelopment Laws and Drivers," February 2006. Presented lecture regarding federal and state brownfield laws and economic redevelopment drivers to Alabama Commercial Real Estate Conference. slides

Manufacture Alabama, "Financial Disclosures and Brownfield Issues: Why Companies May Need to Get Brownfield Properties Off Their Books NOW," November 2005.
Presented seminar regarding financial disclosure obligations under Sarbanes-Oxley Act and FASB rules regarding disclosures related to contaminated property. slides

AmSouth Bank Natural Resources and Trust Department, "Laws Governing Forestry Operations in Alabama," November 2005.
Presented continuing education course for AmSouth Bank natural resource managers. slides

Sirote & Permutt, P.C. "Redeveloping Contaminated Property: Turning a Profit and the New Limited Liability," November 2005.
Presented seminar regarding federal and state brownfield laws and economic redevelopment drivers. slides

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Alabama Department of Environmental Management and Alabama State Port Authority, July 2005. Presented seminar regarding federal and state brownfield laws and economic redevelopment drivers. slides

American Public Works Association, Alabama Chapter, May 2005.
Presented lecture regarding Alabama water rights laws and their effect on public water supply. slides

Birmingham Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), May 2005.
Presented lecture regarding federal and state brownfield laws and economic redevelopment drivers.

Birmingham Regional Planning Commission, May 2005. Made presentation and participated in panel discussion at seminar regarding drivers for brownfield redevelopment in Alabama.

Birmingham Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), April 2005.
Presented lecture regarding recent and upcoming changes in environmental due diligence ("all appropriate inquiry") standard. slides

Birmingham Regional Planning Commission, March 2005.
Presented seminar regarding brownfield redevelopment in Alabama. slides

Lorman Education Services, January 2005.
Taught continuing legal education (CLE) course regarding current issues in wetlands regulation.

American Public Works Association, Alabama Chapter, June 2004.
Presented seminar regarding defending against federal Clean Water Act lawsuits. slides

Alabama Forest Owners Association, February 2004.
Made presentation regarding regulations affecting isolated wetlands following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Solid Waste Authority of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) case.

National Business Institute, November 2003.
Taught CLE course regarding environmental land use regulation in Alabama.

State Bar of Alabama Environmental Section, July 2003.
Taught CLE course regarding toxic mold litigation in Alabama. slides

Alabama Forest Owners Association, June 2003.
Presented summary of existing and proposed state property and income tax exemptions.

Manufacture Alabama, June 2003.
Presented lecture and facilitated workshop regarding Natural Resource Damage Assessments under CERCLA. slides

National Business Institute, April 2003.
Taught CLE course regarding environmental land use regulation in Alabama.

McGriff Siebels & Williams, November 2002.
Presented lecture and participated in panel discussion on toxic mold litigation for real estate professionals. slides

Manufacture Alabama Chemical Council, October 2002.
Presented lecture on riparian water rights in Alabama, and legislation proposed by the State to amend those rights and its potential effect on the chemical manufacturing industry. 

AmSouth Bank, July 2002; SouthTrust Bank, June 2002. Presented lecture regarding the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002 and its effect on mortgage lending.

Alabama Forest Owners Association, March 2001. Presented summary of state legislation of interest to forest land owners in Alabama.

Business Council of Alabama, November 2000. Moderated presentations and panel discussion regarding brownfields redevelopment in Alabama.

Mississippi Wildlife Federation, August 2000. Presented lecture and participated in discussions regarding development of non-profit, charitable organizations dedicated to wildlife conservation and development of a state land acquisition program in Mississippi .

Business Council of Alabama, November 1999. Presented lecture and participated in panel discussion regarding brownfields redevelopment in Alabama.

Alabama Water and Wastewater Institute, September 1999. Presented lecture regarding federal and state regulations regarding training of water and wastewater treatment plant operators.

Auburn University, School of Forestry, June 1997. Taught forestry continuing education course regarding compliance with environmental laws in Alabama.

Alabama Forestry Association Annual Convention, February 1997. Presented lecture and participated in panel discussion regarding operations security and environmental terrorism.

Southern Forest Products Security Group Meeting, December 1996. Presented lecture and participated in panel discussion regarding operations security and environmental terrorism.

National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Course, August 1995. Taught CLE course regarding environmental land use regulation in Alabama.