Troubled Waters Drinking Water Conference

Date/Time: Monday, May 23, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    

Pace University (downtown Manhattan campus, near Brooklyn Bridge)

1 Pace Plaza, Civic W613, New York, NY 10038

CLE: 3 New York MCLE Credits (Professional Practice)
Cost: Free to all
Registration: Registration is now closed
Who Should Attend: Environmental Attorneys and Law Students; Real Property Attorneys; Toxic Tort Attorneys and Litigation Counsel; Engineers, Consultants, and anyone who drinks water.
Questions? Contact: Marla E. Wieder at

Program Description:

In the wake of the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan and concerns about drinking water systems closer to home from Hoosick Falls to Petersburgh to Ithaca, New York to North Bennington, Vermont and beyond, this half day conference will focus on Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and lead in our drinking water.  We will explore our history with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), Federal and State response to the PFOA contamination in Hoosick Falls, groundwater concerns in other jurisdictions, public health advisories, lead sampling in our homes and schools, measures underway to address both PFCs and lead in our drinking water (regulatory, legislative, litigation), and how we can limit our exposure to both contaminants going forward.


NYSBA, Environmental Law Section

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (Pace Law)

ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER)

Confirmed Speakers:

Robert A. Bilott, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Tom Neltner, Chemicals Policy Director, Environmental Defense Fund
Prof. Karl Coplan, Pace Law School
Scott Fein, Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna
Dr. Philip Goodrum, Integral Corp.
Robin GreenwaldWeitz & Luxenberg
Prof. Margot Pollans, Pace Law School
Lawrence Schnapf, Schnapf, LLC
Prof. David Cassuto, Pace Law School
  Lindsey Reames, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Conference Organizers:

Marla Wieder

Larry Schnapf

Laura Jensen


EPA Links:


Village of Hoosick falls website:

Environmental Defense Fund - Lead:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – Lead:

(Speaker Bios/Presentations to be posted)


*This program is offered for educational purposes only. The views and opinions of the faculty expressed during this program are those of the presenters and authors of the materials and not those of the New York State Bar Association, Pace Law School or SEER.