Sarah Jarboe, LaJuana Wilcher to speak at Environmental Conference

by Mandy Hicks

Attorneys Sarah Jarboe and LaJuana Wilcher will speak at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce‘s 17th Annual Environmental Conference in March 2019. They will provide status updates on certain environmental regulatory issues and describe how administrative and judicial processes impact changes to regulations. Sarah Jarboe and LaJuana Wilcher are both partners at ELPO who concentrate their practice in environmental law.

The conference is set for March 14 and 15, 2019, at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington. Registration is available online here. A full description of their session at the conference is below.

Regulatory Hokey-Pokey at EPA: What’s In, What’s Out, and What It’s All About

In 2017, the new administration in Washington, D.C. promised wholesale changes and regulatory reform at EPA. In spite of EPA actions taken to roll back water, air, and waste regulations, some are still in effect, some are out and some are still turning about. This presentation will provide the most up-to-date status of key regulatory issues, such as Waters of the U.S., the Clean Power Plan and the Risk Management Plan Rule, will track their tortured paths, and will highlight the administrative and judicial processes that can shape regulatory outcomes.

The agenda for the conference is available here.

About LaJuana Wilcher

LaJuana Wilcher
LaJuana Wilcher

LaJuana S. Wilcher is a partner at English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP. During her career, she has been a trial lawyer, served in senior policy positions in the federal and state governments, taught law at Vanderbilt University Law School and Vermont Law School, and represented corporate, municipal and not-for-profit clients in private law practice throughout the country.

Nominated by President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1989, Ms. Wilcher was USEPA’s senior official in the Office of Water, where she managed legislative, policy and program matters, and served as EPA’s lead representative in the $1.3 billion Exxon Valdez oil spill negotiations. She served as Assistant Administrator for Water at the EPA from 1989 to 1993.

As a partner with Winston & Strawn (1993-1996) and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacCrae (1996-2002) in Washington, D.C., she counseled multinational corporations on strategic, policy, legislation and litigation matters. She returned to her hometown of Bowling Green, KY in 2002, and soon was tapped to serve as Cabinet Secretary for Kentucky’s Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, which consolidated over 30 regulatory agencies, including the Departments of Environmental Protect, Labor, Financial Institutions, Insurance, Mine Safety and Alcoholic Beverage Control, as well as the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, among others. In 2006, she returned to private practice at ELPO, where she handles a variety of regulatory and legislative matters, but focuses on environmental issues.

Ms. Wilcher has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2009. She serves on the WKU Ogden College Advisory Council, the Warren County Conservation District and the Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park Board. She and her husband, Ed Tivol, live in Alvaton, Kentucky, where they operate Scuffle Hill Farm, growing alfalfa hay and grass-fed, free-range, Angus cattle.

About Sarah Jarboe

Sarah Jarboe
Sarah Jarboe

Sarah P. Jarboe practices environmental law and civil litigation at English Lucas Priest & Owsley, LLP.  She has advised clients on various environmental matters, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Underground Injection Control Program under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), Oil Pollution Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act.

Ms. Jarboe served as Chair of the Environment, Energy and Resources law section of the Kentucky Bar Association in 2016-2017, served on the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ (SEER) 2016 and 2017 Fall Conference Planning Committees, and participated in SEER’s Leadership Development Program in 2014-2015.  She also served five years as Newsletter Vice Chair for SEER’s Smart Growth and Green Building Committee.

Sarah is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, where she received the Scholastic Excellence Award in Environmental Law in 2010 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.  Before joining ELPO, Sarah worked as a law clerk for Chief Justice Minton of the Kentucky Supreme Court.