March 12, 2019

Ilene Munk, Managing Partner of Foley & Mansfield's Portland office and chair of the firm's environmental law group, will moderate a panel discussion at the 37th ABA Water Law conference this month in Denver. Munk is also a member of the conference planning committee. 

The session, "The Culverts Case: Interference with Tribal Fishing Rights by Government Stormwater Diversion and Treatment Systems" will examine a case on appeal to the Supreme Court relating to stormwater management and tribal fishing rights.

Panelists and attendees will explore how the Culverts Case applies federal Indian law concepts to water quality and habitat protection—and consider how tribes might leverage off-reservation fishing and other treaty rights for greater water quality protection.

The panelists are Jay Geck, Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General, Washington State, Olympia, WA; Cassie Phillips, Director, Private Environmental Governance Initiative, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, DC; and Ann E. Tweedy, Attorney, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Legal Department, Auburn, WA.

About the Conference

The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' 37th Water Law Conference will take place in Denver, Colorado March 26-27. For details or registration information, visit here.

About Ilene Munk

Ilene Munk is an experienced environmental defense attorney with substantial involvement in Superfund and contaminated property matters, including regulatory defense. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the ABA SEER Superfund and Natural Resources Subcommittee.

Ilene is able to provide strategies for clients facing regulatory enforcement actions related to business operation or accidental release.  Her experience includes hazardous substance release investigation, allocation, remediation and cost recovery litigation.  As a former EPA enforcement attorney, Ilene has experience in Superfund, RCRA, CWA and CAA matters.

She routinely defends clients in matters involving state and federal regulatory enforcement proceedings and environmental permitting matters, or natural resource damage matters.