Events Calendar

EENRSLP Speaker Series: Working with the DOJ

November 7, 2019 12:00 PM - November 7, 2019 01:00 PM

Texas A&M School of Law Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resource Systems Law Program
Speaker Series

Working with DOJ's Environment and Natural Resources Division

November 7, 2019
Room 202
12 noon to 1:00 p.m.


DoJ ENRD SealJason T. Barbeau, Senior Trial Attorney
Environmental Enforcement Section
Environment and Natural Resources Division
US Department of Justice

Are you interested in public service, environmental protection, and one of the best training grounds for externs and new attorneys?  Come learn about the opportunities available at the US DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD).  ENRD’s mission is to enforce the Nation’s civil and criminal environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and hazardous waste laws.  Their mission also involves the protection and proper utilization of the Nation’s natural resources and handling cases relating to tribal rights and resources.

Jason Barbeau is a senior trial attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He prosecutes federal civil enforcement actions nationwide under the Clean Water Act, Oil Pollution Act, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, RCRA, CERCLA, and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. Notable cases have involved the first-ever oil spill trial under Section 311 of the Clean Water Act, the then-largest-ever penalty under the Clean Air Act, vessel-pollution cases in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and marine and coastal natural resource damage cases in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Barbeau worked as a wilderness ranger for the United States Forest Service, an environmental investigator, and a litigator in private practice. Mr. Barbeau is a graduate of Tulane Law School and Yale University.

Attendance at the event counts for the semester-long EENRSLP raffle.

Raffle prizes include:

  1. Lunch with the General Counsel of the Trinity River Authority, Howard Slobodin, and a tour with Mr. Slobodin of the Authority’s water-related infrastructure in the DFW area.
  2. Lunch with Conrad Hester, Partner at Thompson Night, who focuses his practice on oil and gas litigation.
  3. Lunch with Sarah Walls, Partner at Cantey Hanger, who focuses much of her work on environmental issues in relation to enforcement actions by the USEPA and TCEQ.
  4. Lunch at a monthly meeting of the Dallas Bar Association Energy Law Section, hosted by the Section’s board, which includes the president of the Section, Foster Green, a partner at Freeman Mills.
  5. Lunch at a monthly meeting of the Dallas Bar Association Environmental Law Section, hosted by the Section’s board, which includes the Chair of the Section, Jack Gannon, from McGuire, Craddock & Strother.

The raffle is open to all J.D., M.Jur., and LL.M. students. The drawing will take place mid-November. Events that you can attend to gain entries into the raffle include this event, the NRS Speaker Series on Sept. 26th, and the NRS Speaker Series on Oct. 31st. You get one entry for attending your first event, two entries for attending your second event, and three entries for attending your third event, for a maximum of six entries. Secure your entry at the events by signing in on the attendee sheets with your name, email address, and student ID.