APRIL 10, 2013


TO:                                        HBA Environmental Section Members
FROM:                                   Kristie Tice, Secretary
RE:                                         Section Luncheon Meeting
DATE:                                    Wednesday, April 10, 2013
TIME:                                    11:30 am – 1:00 pm
PLACE:                                 Petroleum Club, 800 Bell Street, 43rd Floor, Houston, Texas
SPEAKER:                            Charles Irvine, Blackburn & Carter
TOPIC:                                 Whoopers and Water: TAP v. Shaw

Please join us for a exciting  presentation by Charles Irvine on the recently issued The Aransas Project (TAP) v. Shaw opinionregarding whooping cranes and freshwater inflowsa case that has immense implications for water rights in Texas.  Mr. Irvine was on the team representing the plaintiffs and can offer his unique perspectives on the case.
Mr. Irvine represents clients in state and federal court, and in matters before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, and federal agencies.  Previous cases include challenges to air permits, nuclear licenses, Clean Air Act citizens suits, Endangered Species Act litigation, and NEPA litigation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston law Center, where he teaches classes in Texas Coastal and Ocean Law, Environmental Law, Endangered Species and Biodiversity Law, and Practice of Environmental Law.

Before entering the legal field, he worked for five years in Greece as a program leader on environmental projects that protected sea turtles and marine mammals in coastal areas. During this time, he participated in extensive efforts to design and establish protected areas, eventually resulting in a new National Park. As an independent consultant, he researched and wrote comprehensive management plans for seven Mediterranean protected coastal areas under contracts with the World Wildlife Fund and European Union funded initiatives.
Networking and registration is from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm. Lunch and the presentation will begin promptly at noon.  Valet parking is available at a cost of $7.00.   Public Transportation is available.  Nearest MetroRail Station: Bell.

The individual CLE program cost is as follows:
$30.00             HBA Environmental Section Members
 $35.00             Non-Members and Guests
 $20.00             Government, Non-Profit and Academic Employees
 $15.00             Law Students
 $40.00             Walk-ins or those who RSVP and fail to show

Payment for those who RSVP is due prior to or at check-in for the meeting.
Please RSVP by 12:00 pm (noon), Monday,  April 8, to Kelli Kray at kkray@winstead.com.
Send checks payable to HBA to:
Kelli Kray
Winstead PC
1100 JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street, Houston
Texas 77002
(713) 650-2464