Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

NAEP Webinar: NEPA Case Law Update

  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017
  • 12:00 PM
  • PORTLAND: HDR, 1001 SW 5th Ave, Suite 1800; SEATTLE: Anchor QEA, 720 Olive Way, Suite 1900


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Bring a lunch and join us for this highly-anticipated annual webinar presented by the National Association of Environmental Professionals providing a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) case law update. This is part one of a two-part series. Speakers include:         

  • P.E. Hudson, Esq., Counsel, Department of the Navy, Office of General Counsel, and NAEP Member
  • Michael D. Smith, PhD, Principal, ENERCON, and NAEP Board Member 
The May 17th webinar, presented by P.E. Hudson of the Department of the Navy, Office of General Counsel, and Dr. Michael D. Smith of ENERCON, will provide an overview of the paper authored by Lucinda Low Swartz and Ms. Hudson. Ms. Hudson and Dr. Smith will discuss the key National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) federal appellate court decisions issued in 2016, as well as some detail on the cumulative impact challenges. In 2016, the U.S. Courts of Appeal issued 27 cases, the 27 cases involved seven different departments and agencies. Overall, the federal agencies prevailed in 21 of the cases, did not prevail in three cases, and did not prevail, in part, in three cases, with a total prevailing rate of 83 percent.  Opinions will be analyzed for their implications and relevance to NEPA practitioners, with an emphasis on key lessons to be learned for improving NEPA practice.NWAEP will be hosting the event in-person at two locations in Seattle and Portland. In Seattle, the event will be held at Anchor QEA at 720 Olive Way, Suite 1900. In Portland, the event will be held at HDR at 1001 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1800.

Note that attendance is FREE for NWAEP Members and a nominal fee of $10 for Non-members. Register now!

If you have any questions about the Portland event, please reach out to Molly Brown at

If you have any questions about the Seattle event, please reach out to Josh Jensen at

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