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ON DEMAND: The Future of the Endangered Species Act

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Run Time: 76 Minutes
 
**This is a previously recorded program, originally recorded on February 19, 2020.
 
A recent United Nations report warned that one million plant and animal species face extinction due to human activity—more than in any other period of human history. Yet last summer, the federal government issued three new rules relaxing the protections of the Endangered Species Act. The rules, many of them issued without notice and comment, make it more difficult to extend endangered-species protections to other threatened species, designate critical habitats, and add or keep species on the endangered list. Although the changes are supported by many landowners, developers, and fossil-fuel companies, environmental and animal-rights groups warned that the new regulations produce “an unprecedented weakening of protections for endangered species” and promptly challenged them—on both procedural and substantive grounds—in federal court. Seventeen state attorneys general soon filed their own lawsuit, and more than 20 members of Congress introduced legislation to repeal the new rules. In light of these high stakes and significant changes, our panel will discuss and evaluate these new changes to Endangered Species Act regulations. We’ll consider both procedural and substantive disputes, ranging from agencies’ compliance with notice-and-comment requirements; whether the regulations are permitted by the Endangered Species Act itself; how the rules will affect endangered animals and developers; and the status and outlook for the lawsuits challenging these new rules.
 
Sponsored by: Animal Law Committee of the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community
 
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Speakers:
  • Nicholas Arrivo, Humane Society of the United States
  • Elizabeth Boucher Dawson, Crowell & Moring
  • Gregory M. Lipper, Clinton & Peed (Moderator)
 
On Demand Registration Fees **discounted pricing offered for a limited time
$10 D.C. Bar Law Student Community Member
$20 D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community Member
$20 Government/Nonprofit
$30 D.C. Bar Member
$50 Non-member
 
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