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Wetlands Protection: Basic Concepts and Ongoing Legal Battles

(342 reviews)

Produced on November 02, 2015

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$ 59 Environmental Law and Administrative Law In Stock

Course Information

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Wetlands serve important environmental functions. Wetlands also are often attractive areas for development. This tension between environmental protection and development frequently plays out in the courts, especially the Supreme Court.  


Professor Sheldon L Trubatch, Esq., applies his experience to introduce basic wetlands concepts and describe the ongoing legal battles over wetlands.  


Learning Objectives:

I.    Gain familiarity with wetlands, their functions, and how those functions affect legal issues involving their preservation and use

II.   Recognize the broad scope of federal and state wetlands regulation and protection

III.  Grasp legal wetlands issues, especially as addressed by the Supreme Court

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit


Sheldon Trubatch

The Regulatory Strategy Group, LLC

Sheldon Trubatch has practiced law for over thirty-five years since graduating from Columbia University School of Law. He has had a broad range of practice experiences including large law firms (partner Winston & Strawn, of counsel Sidley & Austin), corporate (Commonwealth Edison, Bechtel SAIC), government (acting solicitor, Nuclear Regulatory Commission), and dotcom start-ups (general counsel AnswerChase). 

Sheldon has successfully argued several administrative law and environmental cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, resolved complex federal organizational conflicts of interest matters, and negotiated multi-million dollar contracts. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he obtained a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Brandeis University and was a tenured member of the faculty at the California State University, Long Beach.

Currently, he is a faculty member at the Outreach College of the University of Arizona, where he teaches courses on energy law and art crime, and is an adjunct professor in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, where he teaches administrative law and energy law.


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francis m.

I really liked the subject, because I live at a shoreline community, but he is a hard listen.

Marc P.

Could listen to his programs all week

Carolyne A.

Very interesting topic. Super knowledgeable speaker.

Karen P.

very good course on wetlands, and understandable overview. Thank you!

Brian O.

He always does a nice job.

Thaddeus A.

Always enjoyable.

Arthur O.

Again a decent course, that met my need.

Debra B.

PHENOMENAL! As with other of Sheldon Trubatch courses, the materials were first class - deeply substantive and to-the point. Mr. Trubatch knows his stuff. This ranks among the best programs I've taken on Lawline.

Madelaine E.

good presentation and content

Patricia L.

Mr. Trubatch is a superstar lecturer!

Pamela W.

Great review of the issues in this area.

John P.

Good information and well presented.

Jacquelyne R.

Good overview of the topic. Appreciated the citations and descriptions of the numerous statutes/programs governing wetlands.

Vicki B.

Great program with very helpful written materials - thank you

Clarence S.

Excellent survey of wetlands jurisdiction.

Carol C.

Highly recommend! excellent up to date content; may have not covered Sackett, but everything else, A+

Alexandra L.

Excellent. Very informative for someone with an avocational interest in wetlands as a birder, but with no prior legal expertise in this area. Please invite him to do a longer, more detailed presentation on this topic.

Henry G.

Good and informative course.

Bruce B.

Good course

Dean K.

The course shed light on an area filled with controversy. Hopefully federal rules, affirmed by the courts, will provide more guidance in this area.

John R.

Excellent presentation.

John A. M.

Excellent substantive presentation.

Catherine S.

The speaker was very knowledgeable about this area of law and prepared very interesting materials/case law. As with many short CLE's, this topic could certainly be expanded into a much longer course to go into greater depth on the topic. Excellent program

Nathan C.

Good introduction to the topic

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