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Live Webinar: The Invisible Gorilla in the Courtroom

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The Invisible Gorilla in the Courtroom: Managing the Expert Hydrogeologist In the Wake of the SCOTUS Functional Equivalent Test 

February 2, 2022 | 8:00am-12:15pm (Login begins at 7:45am)

Background

Expert hydrogeologists are convinced they are uniquely possessed of the definitive conceptualization of hydrogeologic conditions at any site...and so is every other hydrogeologist representing other parties at those same sites. Risks to your clients escalate when the arbiter of the hydrogeologists’ disparate opinions is a non-geologist regulator, or, even worse, a judge. The Site Remediation arena continues to be plagued by uncertainty and decisions devoid of scientific basis because groundwater is a fugacious, transient medium which is never actually observed by either hydrogeologists or regulators.

Faced with defending clients when the decisions pertain to an invisible world flowing beneath their feet site remediation attorneys must synthesize hydrogeologists’ esoteric and indirect measurements into a reasoned, compliant, and ultimately defensible site remediation strategy. To most attorneys, judges, and regulators, however, the science of hydrogeology is a black box, into which the recent SCOTUS Functional Equivalency Test has cast an even deeper umbra.

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In this half-day live web-based program, an expert hydrogeologist provides site remediation attorneys and environmental professionals with jargon-free explanations of the hydrogeologic factors relevant to defending Functional Equivalency Tests and how those factors can be leveraged into an integrated technical/regulatory strategy to achieve successful closures of site remediation cases and defensible technical cases in the event of legal challenges.

For Attorneys & Site Remediation Professionals: “It is less important to know the answer than it is to know what to question.”

Topics to be Discussed

  • There and Back Again: Hydrogeology and the SCOTUS Functional Equivalent Test
  • Spin Cycle: The Hydrologic Cycle and the Functional Equivalent Test 
  • Crossing the Line:  Groundwater Contouring for Attorneys
  • What You See is What You Get: Aquifer Architecture
  • Erroneous Zones: Capture, Influence and Exposure Pathways
  • Embrace Your Fate & Transport:  Plumes Don’t Move and Plume Dynamics
  • The Attorney’s Dream (or Nightmare): * A Fish Out of Water: Managing your Expert Hydrogeologist * A Fish in a Barrel: Cross-Examining a Hydrogeologist Expert Witness; Managing Expert Hydrogeologists in the Functional Equivalency World

Course Instructor

Thomas D. Gillespie, P.G. – licensed professional geologist with 37 years’ experience in groundwater, water resource management, engineering geology, geologic hazard assessments, environmental risk management, site remediation, mining, oil & gas exploration. Expert hydrogeologic witness at all levels of the Court System. Expert representative for regulatory compliance and negotiation for cases in all experience sectors. Legal action strategist for a natural gas exploration company in cases ranging from Court of Common Pleas to the Commonwealth Court and ultimately to the PA Supreme Court; qualified expert in Federal Courts in the Third and Fourth Circuits. Qualified expert in hydrogeology/engineering geology, PA Environmental Hearing Board; expert consultant on cases ranging from stormwater damage to Superfund litigation.  

Two consecutive six-year terms on the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists; two terms as President of that Board. National Association of State Boards of Geology, subject matter expert in structural geology, hydrogeology and engineering geology. Institutional expert consultant to the Department of the Army’s Technical Assistance Team.

Adjunct professor of geology at The College of New Jersey, Penn State, LaSalle University; continuing education instructor of structural geology and hydrostructural geology. Founding member of the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists - Board of Directors, one term.

Current research in modeling groundwater flow through fractured media.

Continuing Education Credit 

  • NJ Continuing Legal Education: 4.8 CLEs
  • NJ LSRP CEC's:  4 Technical LSRP CECs (NJSRPLB Course # 2020-044)
  • NJ Professional Engineers: 4 CPCs
  • This course is eligible toward PDHs for Pennsylvania Professional Geologists
  • ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS: Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 4 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs)

Questions?  Please email Julianne Mosolgo with questions at mosolgo@cpesnj.com or call at 774-571-1664

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Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC (CPES), the product of PB&J Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC and has the mission of providing continuing education courses to professionals as well as lectures and special events to the professional community. CPES will be offering courses that provide required credits for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals, attorneys, professional engineers and many other professionals certified and/or licensed in the states of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania to name a few.

Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC is the brain child of Dr. Jorge H. Berkowitz and Philip I. Brilliant. From the inception of the Continuing Environmental Education for Professional (CEEP) program at the College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) at Montclair State University, Dr. Berkowitz and Mr. Brilliant have been in the classroom and in the boardroom assuring the success of the program. In order to better serve the community of professionals, Dr. Berkowitz and Mr. Brilliant stepped forward with a solution that has saved the ability to offer continuing education credit-bearing courses.

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