Environmental Law Panel at Brooklyn Law 9/21

Tomorrow night (sorry for the late notice) there will be a panel on careers in environmental law and natural resources. The panel starts at 6-8PM and will take place in Room 503.

The panel will be moderated by Brooklyn Law's new environmental law professor Gregg Macey and will also include dinner.

The following are the bios for the panel members:

  1. Suzanne Mattei
Suzanne Mattei joined the State Department of Environmental Conservation as Regional Director for Region 2 (New York City) on May 17, 2007, having been appointed to the position by Commissioner Pete Grannis. Ms. Mattei has over 25 years of experience in environmental law and policy. She graduated from Yale Law School in 1981. She has carried out environmental litigation on air pollution and coastal resources protection. She has also produced in-depth reports on the World Trade Center disaster response, childhood lead poisoning, waste incineration and recycling, toxic pollution from dry cleaning, and environmental safety in schools. Prior to her appointment as Regional Director, she served as the Executive for the Sierra Club's national field office in New York City. In the past, she served as Senior Environmental Policy Analyst for the Public Advocate and City Comptroller, Public Policy Director for the NYS Trial Lawyers Association on consumer rights issues, and as Director of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.

2. Jeff Zimmerman

Jeff has been practicing environmental law for 35 years, first with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Land & Natural Resources Division during the 1970s.  During the 1980s, he worked as in-house counsel on environmental matters with the American Mining Congress, ARCO Chemical Company, and Occidental Petroleum Corporation.  He moved into private practice at the end of 1989.  During his career, he has worked on matters involving virtually every aspect of environmental and natural resources law.

In August 2007 he opened his own firm and since then has been representing clients involved in renewable fuels, brownfields redevelopment, environmental land use regulation, contaminated site remediation, regulation of natural gas exploration and production, and water law.

 A considerable amount of his time has been devoted to representing conservancy organizations in the ongoing debate over management of the water resources of the Delaware River Basin.  Most recently, he has become deeply involved in the regulation of shale gas development, especially in
northeastern Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.

His brownfields and contaminated site remediation experience has included work on hundreds of sites in 37 states across the country. He has worked on renewable fuels projects in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

Jeff has a degree in physics from Amherst College and a law degree from the National Law Center of the George Washington University.

3. Geraldine “Jerry” English

Jerry Fitzgerald English concentrates her practice in the environmental sector, including Brownfield’s transactions, policyholder insurance coverage, regulatory issues, Superfund, ISRA, permits, wetlands, air and water compliance, private party disputes and transactions and defense of regulatory matters. She is a former New Jersey Counsel to the Governor and Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection.

She has been a special master for the New Jersey courts to review attorney fees and discovery. She has been an expert witness for private clients in environmental cases.

She has served in the legislative and executive branches of the State as a State Senator, counsel to the Governor and counsel to the New Jersey Senate. She was appointed Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In addition, Jerry serves as a director on various boards, such as the Regional Plan Association of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and the Federal Bar Association of New Jersey. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Chemical Events Panel studying the destruction of chemicals at various U.S. Army Depots.

As co-chair of the American Bar Association Environmental Litigation Committee on eminent domain, she is a frequent lecturer and is a life fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation. She is an editor of the New Jersey Law Journal <http://www.law.com/jsp/nj/index.jsp> . Mrs. English is an adjunct instructor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in a pioneering graduate level environmental problem solving course. She has been appointed to the New Jersey Institute of Technology's College of Science & Liberal Arts Board of Visitors. She serves as Master of the Environmental Inns of Court and Chairs the Election Law Enforcement Commission.