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Practising Law Institute to Offer Energy and Environmental Law Institute with the University of Houston Law Center

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Legal education organization to provide survey of recent developments and actions in the energy and environmental legal arenas

HOUSTON, Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On February 3-4, 2011, Practising Law Institute (PLI), the nation's largest producer of continuing legal education, will present the First Annual Energy and Environmental Law Institute with the University of Houston Law Center.

Legal issues in the energy industry played a pivotal role in U.S. economic and security policy during the first year of the Obama administration, and new federal environmental mandates affecting the energy arena have risen to similar prominence.  As few energy practitioners can counsel their clients without understanding the latest important developments in environmental law, most environmental practitioners need to grasp the key changes in energy policy that affect greenhouse gas emissions, overall air quality, siting and land use, and renewable energy and demand response mandates.

This two-day program offers insights on pending initiatives that might affect the fields of energy and environmental law, drawing on a mix of senior government officials, experienced outside counsel and upper-level in-house counsel to provide a broad overview and practical advice.  Tracy D. Hester, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center at University of Houston Law Center and Sheila Slocum Hollis of Duane Morris LLP will co-chair the Institute, which will also feature luncheon speakers Barry K. Worthington, Executive Director of the United States Energy Association and John D. Hofmeister, Founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy.

Among the topics covered will be important trends and regulatory developments in both energy and environmental law; key legal initiatives in climate change, oil and gas, renewable energy, and nuclear power development; new legislation and regulations for offshore energy drilling, production and spill response after the Deepwater Horizon events and in light of development of natural gas from non-traditional areas, particularly shale deposits; pending EPA and state enforcement initiatives that might affect the development of oil and gas from traditional, nontraditional and offshore resources; and emerging issues in electric power, including nuclear and coal fired power development.

For more information on the program and its faculty, or to register for the program, visit PLI's program website or call PLI's Customer Relations Department at (800) 260-4754.

About Practising Law Institute:

Practising Law Institute (PLI) is a non-profit continuing legal education organization chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, founded in 1933. PLI is dedicated to providing the legal community and allied professionals with the most up-to-date, relevant information and techniques critical to the development of a professional, competitive edge. We achieve these goals through the highest quality seminars held annually in locations across the United States, regularly supplemented Treatises, audio CDs and DVDs, MP3s, live Webcasts, Course Handbooks, CLE Now web programs and Private Label Solutions, all with the guidance of practice specific Advisory Committees. PLI is headquartered in New York City and also maintains offices in California.

SOURCE Practising Law Institute