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Ethics & Environmental Justice: What it Means for Your Business and its Future

(273 reviews)

Produced on December 21, 2017

$ 89 Ethics, Environmental, and Oil, Gas, & Energy In Stock

Course Information

Time 96 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

On May 22, 2017, President Trump unveiled his 2018 budget proposal which provides no funding for the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental justice office. While the EPA may not have an environmental justice office, the federal court in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently found that an environmental justice analysis is required under NEPA.

Please join attorney Maribel Nicholson-Choice for this program on the Environmental Justice Initiative, the nuances of recognizing environmental justice issues, and the potential impact for American businesses as communities and organizations head to federal court to successfully require that  an “environmental justice analysis” be performed as part of the National Environmental Policy Act environmental assessment. This session will address conflicts of interest for government officials and ethical obligations to enforce environmental protections irrespective of the race, national origin, ethnicity or income level of the affected community. She will close with a discussion of how businesses can proactively manage environmental justice and ethical issues to avoid litigation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Appreciate the origins and meaning of the Environmental Justice Initiative
  2. Discuss the scope of EJ issues and how they can be evaluated under NEPA
  3. Identify implications for American businesses
  4. Address how businesses can proactively address environmental justice issues to avoid litigation


Maribel N. Nicholson-Choice

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

With 20+ years of experience negotiating and resolving complex environmental regulatory, permitting, and litigation matters, Maribel Nichoson-Choice advises lending institutions on environmental liability, including permitting and remediation projects associated with collateral property subject to foreclosure proceedings. She counsels regulated clients on complex litigation matters. Her practice includes counseling and litigation on environmental aspects in real estate transactions, commercial foreclosure proceedings, bankruptcy cases, environmental investigations, remediation projects, brownfields development, and evaluating risks and costs associated with potential environmental cleanup and third-party liability, as well as on regulatory and permitting technical aspects of complex contamination remediation projects.

Additional experience includes negotiating settlement of all types of complex environmental violations with federal, state and municipal governmental agencies. Maribel’s key clients include property owners, Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, banks and local governments.


Weston W.

Maribel N. Nicholson-Choice was very good at explaining her points with examples and at highlighting best practices for businesses that could face environmental justice complaints.

Seth S.


Andrea L.

This was very educational

Jean B.

Excellent. Very helpful.

Jeff N.


Suzanne V.

Very informative. Excellent presentation.

sharon d.

Great overview!

Radina V.

Excellent course - very informative and engaging.

Ashley Smith A.

One of the most useful / informative CLE topics on this website.

Steven K.

Very insightful! Thank you!

Tomasz K.

Need more Idaho CLE courses like this one.

Sharon L.

Excellent, very informative, and practical.

Bruce M.

Many practical principles were listed.

William K.

very timely

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