LaJuana Wilcher, Sarah Jarboe contribute to ABA year-end review

by Mandy Hicks

Environmental law attorneys LaJuana Wilcher and Sarah Jarboe were recently published in the American Bar Association’s 2016 Year in Review for Environmental Law. As Contributing Authors, they summarized developments in federal Clean Water Act law in 2016.
Specifically, LaJuana and Sarah analyzed Water Quality Standards legal issues, including judicial, regulatory and legislative matters, to provide environmental lawyers throughout the country a concise update on those important developments.

Both LaJuana and Sarah are partners at ELPO.

About LaJuana Wilcher

LaJuana Wilcher is a Partner at ELPO. In 1989,  she was nominated by the President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Water in Washington, D.C. In that role, she was responsible for EPA’s water policy and regulations, including implementation of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. She is the only woman in EPA’s history to have been confirmed in this position.
LaJuana worked on environmental law issues in Washington, D.C., for almost 20 years. She was a Partner in the DC offices of Winston & Strawn and LeBoeuf, Lamb Greene and MacRae LLP, where she served as legal counsel for NACWA and numerous municipalities in federal Clean Water Act litigation, permitting and enforcement matters. She has also served as a group facilitator, expert witness and legislative counsel on various CWA matters.
Returning to private law practice in her home state of Kentucky in 2002, LaJuana was a partner at ELPO until being tapped by Kentucky’s Governor to be Secretary of Kentucky’s Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet from 2003-2006.
LaJuana has developed and taught environmental law and policy courses at Vermont Law School and Vanderbilt University Law School. She was awarded NACWA’s Special Recognition Award in 1993 and State Public Service Award in 2006. She has been selected as a Lifetime Honorary Member of American Water Works Association and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2009. She speaks frequently throughout the country on environmental law and leadership issues.
LaJuana was a founding Board Member of America’s Clean Water Alliance (now the U.S. Water Alliance) and Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park, and is a Supervisor of the Warren County Conservation District. She owns and operates Scuffle Hill Farm, growing grass-fed Angus cattle, hay and horses.

About Sarah Jarboe

Sarah Jarboe handles environmental law and civil litigation for ELPO. She is serving as Chair of the Environment, Energy and Resources law section of the Kentucky Bar Association, sits for the second year on the American Bar Association‘s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER)  Conference Planning Committee, and participated in SEER’s 2014-2015 Leadership Development Program.

Sarah is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, where she received the Scholastic Excellence Award in Environmental Law in 2010 for achieving the highest grade in her class and served as Managing Editor of the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Journal. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Louisville. Sarah joined ELPO in 2013 after serving as a law clerk for two years for Chief Justice John D. Minton of the Kentucky Supreme Court.