Conference of Government Mining Attorneys
September 12-14, 2016
Roanoke, Virginia
Hotel Roanoke
110 Shenandoah Avenue, N.W.

Monday, September 11
 5:00 p.m.  7:00 p.m.      
Informal Welcome Happy Hour
Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room - 315 Market St., S.E.
         
Tuesday, September 12
 8:00 a.m.
 8:45 a.m.   Registration  (no continental breakfast)
 8:45 a.m.  9:00 a.m.   Welcome and Opening Remarks
Emily Morris, Esq., COGMA 2017 Chair
     Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior
 9:00 a.m.  11:00 a.m.   40th Anniversary of SMCRA: Its Past, Present, and Future
Anna Fletcher, Esq.
     Office of General Counsel, Ky. Energy and Environment Cabinet
Alexis Long, Esq.
Kathleen Vello, Esq.
Christine Belka
     Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement,
     U.S. Department of the Interior
Emily Morris, Esq.
     Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior
 11:00 a.m.
 11:15 a.m.
  Break
 11:15 a.m.
 12:00 p.m.
  Federal Litigation Update
Moderator: Daniel Kilduff, Esq.
     Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior
 12:00 p.m.
 1:00 p.m.
  Lunch
 1:00 p.m.  2:00 p.m.   Ethics: The Ethics of Negotiation
C. Simon Davidson, Esq.
     McGuireWoods, LLP
 2:00 p.m. -  3:00 p.m.  

Air Quality Issues: Fugitive Dust and Noise
John Henson, Esq.
     Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior
William Winters
     Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement,
     U.S. Department of the Interior

Barbara Grabowski, Esq.
Joseph Iole, Esq.
     Office of Chief Counsel, Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection

 3:00 p.m.
 3:15 p.m.
  Break
 3:15 p.m.
 4:00 p.m.
  Citizen Suits
Ashley Brown, Esq.
     State of Alaska Law Department
Paul Kugelman, Esq.
     Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia
 4:00 p.m.
 5:00 p.m.
  Tribal Consultation
Annette Tarnawksy, Esq.
     Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior
Mychal Yellowman, P.E.
     Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement,
     U.S. Department of the Interior
 5:00 p.m. -  5:15 p.m.   Survey  (optional)
Courtney Shea, Esq.
     Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior
 5:30 p.m. -  6:30 p.m.   Happy Hour (Cash Bar)
Billy's Restaurant (Ritz Room) - 102 Market St., S.E.
 6:30 p.m.
    Dinner / Business Meeting
Billy's Restaurant (Ritz Room) - 102 Market St., S.E.
         
Wednesday, September 13     
 8:30 a.m.
 9:15 a.m.
  State Litigation Update I - Western States
Moderator: Steve Alder, Esq.
     Office of the Attorney General, State of Utah
 9:15 a.m.
 9:45 a.m.
  The Fate of the Stream Protection Rule and Its Aftermath
Susan Ely, Esq.
     Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior
 9:45 a.m.  10:00 a.m.   Break
 10:00 a.m.  12:00 p.m.   Bankruptcy 101: Lessons of Recent Coal Operator Bankruptcies
Alan Tenenbaum, Esq., National Bankruptcy Coordinator
     Environmental Enforcement Section, Environmental and Natural Resources Div., 
     U.S. Department of Justice
 12:00 p.m.    1:30 p.m.   Lunch
 1:30 p.m.    2:30 p.m.   Ethics: Dealing with Parties Represented by Counsel
Jennifer Bockhorst, Esq.
     U.S. Attorney's Office (W.D. Va.), U.S. Department of Justice
 2:30 p.m.  3:15 p.m.   State Litigation Update II - Eastern States
Moderator: Anna Fletcher, Esq.
     Office of General Counsel, Ky. Energy and Environment Cabinet
 3:15 p.m.  3:30 p.m.   Break
 3:30 p.m.  -  4:30 p.m.   Water Quality Issues: WOTUS Update and Treatment Trusts
Ruth Hamilton Heese, Esq.
     Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior
Barbara Grabowski, Esq.
Joseph Iole, Esq.
     Office of Chief Counsel, Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection
         
Thursday, September 14    
 8:30 a.m.
      Depart Hotel Roanoke in motor coach from Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum for a tour of Roanoke's Railroad Heritage.
 11:30 a.m.
      Arrive at Virginia Transportation Museum
You can continue exploring Virginia's Transportation Heritage at your leisure, or return to the Hotel Roanoke.