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Presenter: Laura Heusel and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

This seminar is closed or full.


Monday, September 28, 2020

Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.
Log into Webinar:                8:00 - 8:30 am EDT
Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am EDT
Break:                                 11:45 am - 12:15 pm EDT
Afternoon Session:             12:15 – 4:00 pm EDT

Understanding Tennessee Surface Water Rights
S. Jacobs

   Ownership of surface water
   Regulation of surface water rights
   Obtaining surface water rights
   Application and permitting process
   Amending surface water rights
   Current issues in surface water rights

Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations
B. Penny

   State and federal water quality regulations
   Stormwater regulations
   Sewerage regulations
   Industrial and agricultural programs
   Public water supply
   Water wells

Understanding Tennessee Groundwater Rights
B. Penny

   Ownership of groundwater
   Regulation of groundwater rights
   Obtaining groundwater rights
   Application and permitting process
   Current issues in groundwater rights

Update on PFAS and Other Contaminants in Water
B.H. Knight & L. Heusel

   Types of water contaminants and their effects
   Identifying water contaminants
   Solving problems caused by contaminated water

Current Issues with the Clean Water Act
J. Richardson

   Waters of the United States
   Groundwater as a conduit
   Judicial deference to agency action

Ethical Issues in Water Law and Regulation
J. Richardson

   Ethical issues in water use
   Ethical issues in development
   Ethical issues in water transactions

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists

     6.5 Tennessee CLE Hours
        5.25 General CLE Hours
        1.25 Dual CLE Hours

Tennessee Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     Non-Credit CE

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is approved by the Tennessee Commission on CLE for 6.5 CLE hours for attorneys, which includes 5.25 general hours and 1.25 dual/ethics hours.

This course offers 6.5 PDHs to Tennessee professional engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval for Tennessee professional engineers.

This course offers Tennessee geologists a no credit professional development opportunity. Continuing education is not required in Tennessee.

Course completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete the webinar in its entirety, respond to all the verification prompts during the instruction, and earn a score of 80% on the quiz that follows the instruction (multiple attempts allowed).


Laura Heusel

Attorney at Butler Snow

Ms. Heusel is an attorney at Butler Snow with 15 years of experience as a professional engineer in both the public and private sectors. With this, she applies a practical mindset to help clients navigate the technical rigors of environmental regulations and find cost-effective solutions to today’s regulatory challenges.

Sharon Jacobs

Attorney and Member at Bone McAllester Norton

Ms. Jacobs concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental, regulatory, local government, land use and administrative law. She is an experienced regulatory lawyer and litigator who represents companies, local governments, and not-for-profit organizations in administrative, regulatory, environmental, zoning, land use, and municipal law. Ms. Jacobs has represented clients before administrative boards and at the state, federal, and local levels. Because of Ms. Jacob’s excellent work, clients can focus on their business and not be caught in protracted environmental litigation. She has successfully defended numerous businesses and local governments. Ms. Jacobs serves as the city attorney for Oak Hill.

B. Hart Knight

Attorney and Partner at Butler Snow

Mr. Knight practices in Butler Snow’s Toxic Torts and Environmental Litigation Group. He has represented a wide variety of environmental clients including construction companies, financial institutions, manufacturing facilities, electric utility systems, real estate developers and energy companies. His experience ranges from state enforcement actions to the defense of federal citizen suits to matters of regulatory compliance and environmental remediation and brownfield projects. Throughout his practice, he has focused on issues involving the Clean Water Act, RCRA, CERCLA, ESA, TSCA (PCBs), FTC greenwashing and water allocation matters. Prior to joining Butler Snow, Mr. Knight previously served as the senior judicial law clerk for the Honorable Frank Clement, Jr., of the Court of Appeals of Tennessee and graduated from the nation’s leading environmental law school, during which time he clerked for the Environmental Crimes Section of the United States Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C.

Bill Penny

Attorney and Partner at Burr Forman

Mr. Penny’s environmental practice covers a wide range of environmental law at the state and Federal levels, including natural resource law, remediation, negotiation with regulatory agencies in environmental matters, Superfund litigation, RCRA matters, brownfield redevelopment, wetlands, water quality, radiological waste and compliance, and air pollution control. Mr. Penny regularly counsels clients on compliance issues and represents businesses before state environmental boards, the Department of Environment and Conservation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has been involved in controversial land use developments, where environmental issues were a major factor, and he represents contractors, manufacturing companies, local governments and other individuals in environmental matters. Mr. Penny served as general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Health and Environment and, subsequently, the Department of Environment and Conservation for more than eight years. He is a frequent speaker at local, state and national seminars dealing with environmental law, and he is an instructor of environmental law at the Nashville School of Law. Mr. Penny is the principal author of the books A Practical Guide To Tennessee Environmental Law and a Practical Guide to Tennessee Administrative Law. In addition he is a co-author of the ABA Brownfields Third Edition, a Tennessee editor for BNA’s Environmental Due Diligence Guide, and author of the Tennessee Chapter for the ABA publication, Institutional Controls at Brownfield Sites. Mr. Penny is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American bar associations. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and his J.D. degree from the Nashville School of Law.

Jesse Richardson

Professor and Attorney at West Virginia University College of Law

Mr. Richardson is an associate professor and the lead land use attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law. Before coming to WVU, Mr. Richardson was an associate professor at Virginia Tech. His research and experience focuses on land use law and water law. He began his legal career in private practice in his home town of Winchester, Virginia. Mr. Richardson serves on the board of directors of the American Agricultural Law Association and is the president-elect. Mr. Richardson previously served on the Virginia Water Policy Technical Advisory Committee. He was honored with the 1999 Professional Scholarship Award from the American Agricultural Law Association, the 2004 William E. Wine Award for a history of teaching excellence from Virginia Tech (the highest teaching award granted by the university), and the 2009 University Certificate of Excellence in Outreach.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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