Environmental law attorney Joseph Maternowski describes his personal and academic background and his professional experience where he serves businesses, individuals and units of local government. Joe Maternowski has worked for over 25 years in the environmental law field initially for government and now representing private parties in enforcement actions before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state agencies including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), on business and real estate transactions and in litigation. Joe Maternowski blogs on environmental law developments on his website www.enviroattorney.net.
Julie is a 2015 Master’s candidate in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo, under the supervision of Dr. Neil Craik. She graduated from the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law in 2013, where she completed a concentration in Environmental Law and Sustainability. This included an intensive clinical program with the Environmental Law Centre, where she provided pro bono legal work for conservationists and First Nations. The current focus of her work is on the application of s. 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to an environmental context. Specifically, her work looks at the role of procedural fairness as a principle of fundamental justice in regulatory approval processes. Julie is excited to begin her legal career this summer as an articling student with Rogers Partners LLP in Toronto.
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Matt Hanchey and Jason Thomas, attorneys on the environmental team of Hunton & Williams, will discuss two topics of current interest in environmental law. First, Mr. Hanchey will discuss corporate internal investigations, including strategies for responding when government agents are at the door asking questions about environmental compliance. Second, Mr. Thomas, a lawyer practicing environmental and administrative law since 1991, will discuss the environmental issues associated with the developing application and commercialization of nanotechnologies.