VELJ to Host Fall Symposium "Condemning Open Space"

October 24, 2007

The Virginia Environmental Law Journal (VELJ) will host its fall symposium "Condemning Open Space" on Nov. 2, 2007 in Caplin Auditorium. The symposium will focus on the legal and environmental issues associated with Dominion Virginia Power's planned construction of electric transmission facilities through scenic, open space, and historic lands in northern Virginia, some of which are protected by conservation easements. Free MCLE credit will be offered to all Virginia attorneys in attendance.

VELJ Conference GraphicThe symposium will run from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Panelists and respective speaking topics will include:

  • Nancy McLaughlin, Professor of Law, University of Utah College of Law: Introduction of relevant laws and the legal and policy issues
  • George C. Freeman, Jr., Hunton & Williams LLP: History of Virginia's open space preservation laws
  • Frederick Fisher, Special Assistant Attorney General and counsel for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation: Virginia Outdoors Foundation's perspective
  • Nikki Rovner, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources for Virginia: Virginia Department of Natural Resources' perspective
  • Lynn Coleman, energy attorney with Skadden Arps and member of the Board of Directors of the Piedmont Environmental Council: Piedmont Environmental Council's perspective
  • John Smatlak, Vice President for Electric Transmission, Dominion Virginia Power: Dominion Virginia Power's perspective
  • John D. Echeverria, Executive Director, Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Institute: Conservation easements questioned
  • Nancy McLaughlin: Consequences of the condemnation of easement-encumbered land

A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

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