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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:00 pm

Identifying Wetlands 
S. Varnado

   Presence of wetland vegetation
   Identification of wetland soils
   Importance of underlying wetland hydrology

Understanding Federal and Louisiana Wetlands  
Laws and Enforcement 
R. Veith , B. Schilling

   The Federal Clean Water Act
   Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Conservation and Restoration Act (LCWCRA)
   Implementing/enforcing agencies
      • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
      • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
      • U.S. Department of Agriculture
      • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      • Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Ascertaining Ownership of Disappearing Wetlands 
R. LeBreton, A. Samuels

   Changing footprint of wetlands  
   Determining title to privately-owned wetlands and submerged lands
   Using the British Petroleum oil spill framework for resolving wetland title issues
   Using assessor’s records as evidence of wetland ownership
   Resolving multiple chains of title to a single wetland parcel

Wetlands Permitting Process 
A. Jacoby

   Wetlands determinations and delineations
   Clean Water Act permits and Coastal Use Permit – key considerations
   Federal/state/local government issues
   Notice, mitigation, and compensation
   Appeals process

Wetland Preservation, Restoration, Creation and Enhancement
B. Jones

   Understanding the importance of wetlands
      • Flood storage and conveyance
      • Pollution control and carbon storage
      • Erosion control
      • Wildlife habitat
      • Recreation
   Wetland preservation strategies and techniques
   Wetland restoration
      • Preference for onsite and in-kind restoration
      • Hydrologic considerations
      • Restoration techniques
   Wetland creation
      • Methods, benefits and drawbacks
   Wetland enhancement
      • Purposes and techniques

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers
     6.0 PDHs

Landscape Architects
     6.0 Louisiana Credit Hours
     6.0 LA/CES HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     6.0 ASFPM CECs

     6.0 HSW CEHs
     6.0 AIA LU|HSW

Louisiana Attorneys
     6.0 CLE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.0 hours of continuing education for the following Louisiana professionals: engineers, landscape architects, and architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Louisiana.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance is reportable to the LA/CES.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course 6.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing. Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this event for 6.0 CECs.

The Louisiana MCLE Committee has approved this seminar for 6.0 CLE hours (no ethics, professionalism or law office practice hours) for attorneys.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Andrew K. Jacoby

Andrew K. Jacoby is the owner of the Law Office of Andrew Jacoby, LLC in New Orleans. He has spent the last ten years working with people and communities impacted by environmental and public health threats, including oilfield contamination, leaking gas station storage tanks, and hazardous contamination from dry cleaners. His practice also includes lawsuits to enforce the public records requests to state agencies, and fights to require local governments to follow their own laws with respect to zoning and land use issues. Mr. Jacoby is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Tulane Law School.

Beaux Jones

Beaux Jones is general counsel at the Water Institute of the Gulf. He has extensive experience in the government, non-profit, and private sectors, and an extensive knowledge of coastal and environmental law. Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Jones served as the environmental section chief for the Louisiana Department of Justice, where he represented the State of Louisiana and its agencies in a wide variety of matters ranging from environmental and coastal law to criminal and appellate law. He most recently worked as an environmental and coastal lawyer for the law firm Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer in New Orleans. He has worked on several high-profile cases related to the Gulf Coast and Louisiana, including working on the BP spill litigation team with the Louisiana Attorney General. Mr. Jones currently serves as vice chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association-Environmental Section and as vice chair for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

Rose McCabe LeBreton

Rose McCabe LeBreton is senior counsel at Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, where she resolves complex commercial real estate issues involving riverfront development, public-private partnerships, title claims, or land use applications. Mrs. LeBreton served as counsel to the Deepwater Horizon Trust, with responsibility to lead the Wetlands Review Team in determining ownership of the Louisiana wetlands area damaged by the BP Oil Spill. As of 2019, 100 percent of wetlands claims under the settlement have been determined and those 50 percent deemed eligible have been paid. Mrs. LeBreton has been the “legal architect” for the development of Tulane University’s riverfront properties and often represents the Port of New Orleans in riparian title and entitlement matters.

Armand E. Samuels

Armand E. Samuels, an associate at Lugenbul, Wheaton, Peck, Ranking & Hubbard, practices in general commercial and bankruptcy law with an emphasis in commercial real estate. He has special expertise in complex real estate transactions and has served as assistant counsel on matters such as determining ownership of wetlands for the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Trust, advising the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corporation as to the property it owns in two parishes, determining riparian title for the Port of New Orleans and advising Tulane University in title matters. Mr. Samuels graduated on the Dean’s List from Hampden Sydney College in Virginia and earned his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School.

E. Blair Schilling

E. Blair Schilling is an attorney in Fishman Haygood, LLP’s, Litigation Section. She represents clients in a wide-range of commercial matters in federal and state court, with a concentration in environmental law. Her environmental practice is centered on representing landowners throughout Louisiana against some of the oil and gas industry’s largest operators for contamination of “legacy” oilfields, land loss, and groundwater contamination. Her practice also spans a variety of other subject matters, such as lender liability litigation, public bid law disputes, contract disputes, and other commercial litigation matters. Ms. Schilling was named as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2018 and 2019.

Spencer D. Varnado

Spencer D. Varnado, an ecologist and wetlands scientist at Geosyntec Consultants, has over 14 years of professional experience in the areas of environmental compliance, permitting, and biological investigations. His areas of expertise include environmental and biological assessments, surveys and mapping; jurisdictional wetland delineations and determinations; regulatory permitting and compliance monitoring with various state and federal agencies; wetland mitigation plan development and implementation; wetland and wildlife management plans; and wetland value assessments. Mr. Varnado’s typical projects include linear pipeline and electrical transmission construction and maintenance, residential and commercial developments, sand and gravel mining, petrochemical facility compliance, due diligence, and habitat restoration projects.

Rebekka C. Veith

Rebekka C. Veith is an attorney in Fishman Haygood, LLP’s, Litigation Section. Her background is in environmental defense, and in that role, she has worked closely with experts analyzing remediation claims and she has experience deposing and cross-examining environmental expert witnesses. She is currently involved in prosecuting multiple fraudulent transaction cases and assists in advising the Orleans Parish School Board on a variety of legal issues. Before joining the firm, Ms. Veith was an associate at a local defense firm from 2015 to 2018, where her practice was focused on environmental litigation, complex commercial arbitration, and administrative law.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $279.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Louisiana Wetlands Law and Compliance

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This six-hour live lecture presentation examines wetland identification, federal and state wetlands laws and enforcement, ascertaining ownership of disappearing wetlands, wetlands permitting, and the preservation, restoration, creation and enhancement of wetlands.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify wetlands by the presence of wetland vegetation and soils, and they will be able to describe the importance of underlying wetland hydrology.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with federal and Louisiana wetland laws (The Federal Clean Water Act; Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Conservation and Restoration Act) and be able to identify their enforcement agencies.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to apply strategies for determining the ownership of disappearing wetlands prior to initiating development projects.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to comply with wetland permitting processes.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to explain the importance of wetlands, including flood storage and conveyance, pollution control, erosion control, recreation and wildlife habitat.

Learning Objective 6:
Learners will be able to discuss strategies and techniques to preserve, restore, create, and improve wetlands.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site development

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/17/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.