2022 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium, 2/11

"Business and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities"


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Friday, February 11
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Virtual Event

Effective business strategies increasingly require innovative environmental solutions. The 2022 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium will examine the intersection of business and the environment with panels focusing on three case studies: cryptocurrency, real estate development and lead in drinking water. Experts from the private sector and government will discuss how environmental issues arise in each of these areas and how environmental concerns can be integrated with other business planning. 

This symposium will take place virtually on Friday, February 11, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3.5 Substantive Distance CLE credits. Please note registration prior to the event is required. Attendees will receive an email from Eventbrite with the Zoom link to join the symposium on the day of the event. 



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9:00 a.m. – Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Margaret Anne Hill, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Sophia Lee, Partner, Blank Rome LLP


9:15 a.m. – Real Estate

This panel will examine how interdisciplinary teams of real estate developers, engineers, financial professionals and environmental attorneys can work together more effectively to address environmental challenges and create value.

Robert E. Blue, President, Robert E. Blue Consulting Engineers, PC
Leon D. Caldwell, Principal, Ujima Developers LLC
Bryan Franey '08, Partner, Manko Gold Katcher Fox LLP

Moderated by Ellen Pulver Flatt ’92, General Counsel, Oliver Tyrone Pulver Group


10:20 a.m. – Lead in Drinking Water

This panel will examine how public utilities have created strategies to manage the potential public health risks associated with lead service lines used to deliver drinking water into homes.

Kareem Adeem, Acting Director, City of Newark Department of Water & Sewer Utilities
Christopher Crockett, Vice President, Chief Environmental, Safety & Sustainability Officer, Essential Utilities, Essential Utilities, Inc.
Bill Richardson, Section Chief, Drinking Water Section, US EPA Region 3

Moderated by Todd Aagaard, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law


11:10 a.m. – Break


11:25 a.m. – Blockchain Technology

This panel will explain blockchain technologies, identify the environmental concerns they raise and explore existing and proposed state and federal regulatory responses.

Tyler Harttraft, Partner, Bull Blockchain Law
Matthew D. Kaufman, Partner, Hathaway & Kunz
Scott H. Kimpel, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth 
Hon. Napoleon J. Nelson, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 154

Moderated by Brett Frischmann, The Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law


12:35 p.m. – Closing Remarks

MarySheila McDonald, John F. Scarpa Professor of Entrepreneurship, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law


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