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SEPA: State Environmental Policy Act in Washington

Do you have the most practical solutions for addressing today’s challenging SEPA issues? The SEPA is the cornerstone of the state’s environmental protection laws. SEPA tends to be a focus for lawsuits, challenging the land use decisions of public agencies. Developing strategies for surviving potential litigation is an important aspect of preparing sound SEPA documents.a Get the tools you need to develop effective SEPA compliance strategies. We will discuss the essentials of preparing legally defensible SEPA documents, and examine solutions to real projects. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to share and collaboratively discuss some of SEPA’s most perplexing issues. Benefits for You - Get up to speed on recent rule changes and case law developments in Washington - Determine which projects require SEPA review - Strategies for winning a case – know what judges are looking for - Gain an understanding of SEPA rules, including procedures and policies
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Agenda

Overview
— Stanley M. Schwartz
  • History
  • Process
  • Substantive Effect
Defining What Projects Require SEPA Review – A Survey of Local Jurisdictions
— Elizabeth A. Tellessen
SEPA Appeals - Administrative and Judicial
— Nathan G. Smith
  • Timing and Process
  • Standard of Review
  • Creating the Record
SEPA Rules
— Taudd A. Hume
  • Basis of Authority
  • Procedures
  • Policies
  • Recent Developments
Case Law Updates
— Milton G. Rowland
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Taudd A. Hume

Taudd A. Hume

Parsons/Burnett/Bjordahl/Hume, LLP

  • Attorney with Parsons/Burnett/Bjordahl/Hume, LLP
  • Focuses on real property (including the sub-specialties of land-use and environmental law), business and municipal law
  • Represents public and private clients in project permitting, structuring, finance, syndication, sales and mergers, as well as contested administrative appeals and appeals in state and federal courts
  • Advises municipal and corporate clients on operational issues, compliance and regulatory concerns, and corporate governance matters
  • Extensive practical knowledge of real estate and land use law from private development projects that he has personally invested and participated in
  • Teaches the land use course as an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University School of Law
Milt Rowland

Milt Rowland

Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Of counsel at Foster Pepper PLLC
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of municipal law and litigation
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on municipal liability law, including public records and public meetings laws
  • Wrote several publications related to the areas of public meetings and municipal liability
  • Member of Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Litigation counsel to City of Spokane for 14 years
  • Adjunct professor of Law, Gonzaga, Denver and Idaho law schools, 1987 to present, with emphasis on municipal law
  • J.D. degree, summa cum laude, Gonzaga University School of Law; B.A. degree, cum laude, University of Detroit-Mercy
  • Can be contacted at 509-777-1610 or [email protected]
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Stanley M. Schwartz

Witherspoon Kelley

  • Principal with Witherspoon Kelley
  • Practices in the areas of land use, municipal, real estate, environmental, business and corporate law
  • Specific areas of expertise include public and private entity governance, real estate development, land use entitlements permits and related transactional, administrative and litigation matters
  • Formerly employed by the city of Spokane as an assistant city attorney, representing the city departments of engineering and construction services, capital programs, real estate, economic and community development, zoning and planning, environmental programs, wastewater management and transportation
  • Acts as the city attorney for the cities of Cheney and Airway Heights
  • General counsel to the Spokane Public Facilities District and Columbia Rural Electric Association
  • J.D. degree, Gonzaga University; B.A. degree, University of Denver
  • Can be contacted at 509-624-5265 or [email protected]
Nathan G. Smith

Nathan G. Smith

Witherspoon Kelley

  • Principal with Witherspoon Kelley
  • Experience in assisting in the procurement of land use entitlements and the representation of clients before local permitting authorities and appeals
  • Experience in working with Washington's State Environmental Policy Act, Shoreline Management Act, Growth Management Act, Clean Air Act and Model Toxics Control Act, and has experience at the federal level with the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERLA and RCRA
  • Also works on issues involving water rights and counsels and advises municipal entities on issues including compliance with state law, design, bid and build issues, public records, and open public meetings
  • Real estate practice includes the drafting of purchase and sale agreements, leases, and easements
  • Counsel for ski facility representing project on land use administrative and judicial appeals
  • Attorney for heavy industrial property owner on land use and entitlement issues
  • Represents aggregate manufacturer for land use entitlements and acquisition, protection and disposition of water rights
  • Represents natural resource company on Shoreline Management Act compliance issues
  • J.D. degree, magna cum laude, Gonzaga University, Gonzaga Law Review Notes & Comments Editor; B.S. degree in management, Purdue University
Elizabeth A. Tellessen

Elizabeth A. Tellessen

Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers PSC

  • Principal at Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers PSC
  • Practice focuses on land use and real estate development and finance
  • Represents secured lenders in obtaining and exercising secured interests in large real estate collateral, including multifamily projects, mixed-use developments and commercial properties
  • Assists clients with due diligence evaluation of land use entitlements and opportunities
  • 2013 and 2014 Super Lawyers, Rising Star
  • 2014 Inland Northwest Business Catalyst Emerging Woman in Business, Gonzaga University School of Law, 2005, cum laude
  • Can be contacted at 509-838-6131 or [email protected]
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Product ID: 382533
Published 2014
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