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Save the Date: 9/23/10 Presentation from Robert Kaplan from U.S. EPA

UPDATE: The presentation was a great success!  Thanks to everyone who attended.  A summary of Mr. Kaplan’s remarks can be found at


As co-chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, I am pleased to invite you to a presentation from Robert Kaplan, Regional Counsel for U.S. EPA Region 5.  Here are the details:

Date: September 23, 2010

Time: 12:15PM-1:15PM

Place: Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court, Chicago

Speaker: Robert Kaplan, Regional Counsel, United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 5

Our first meeting of the bar year will feature Bob Kaplan from U.S. EPA.  As Regional Counsel, Bob is responsible for review of enforcement cases and defensive litigation for air, water, pesticides, toxic substances, oil pollution, hazardous waste and Superfund matters.  Bob also reviews financial law, tribal law, labor law and personnel law matters for the region.

During his presentation, Bob will provide an overview of U.S. EPA’s organizational structure and positioning of Office of Regional Counsel within that structure.  He intends to emphasize ORC’s relationship with the Department of Justice and the six Great Lakes states in Region 5.  He will also summarize six National Enforcement Initiatives as outlined by U.S. EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.  These initiatives reflect enforcement and regulatory goals that U.S. EPA intends to achieve over fiscal years 2011-2013.

To illustrate the variety of issues ORC takes on, Bob will highlight recent counseling and enforcement activity within ORC including: the Enbridge Pipeline spill in Marshall, Michigan; legal issues arising from fish kills in Chicago-area waterways as part of an ongoing effort to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes; and a criminal enforcement case in which untreated liquid waste was directly discharged into the Detroit sanitary sewer system.

We are very pleased to have Bob as our first speaker. We invite attorneys of all ages and law students to attend this exciting and informative presentation.  Please plan to attend!

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