Liability & Indoor Air Quality PDF Print E-mail


Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine

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Continuing Education Credits

About the Program.  Everyone involved in the provision of healthy indoor air quality in buildings carries the risk of liability in the event they don't "get it right."  This two hour program will introduce professionals to the overall concept of liability, and how it may, or may not, apply to specific professions and indoor environmental problems.  The program address the various types of liability (statutory, tort), as well as how and when liability for an injury or a problem can occur.

The program will, for example, address how liability applies to:

  • architects
  • engineers
  • construction contractors
  • building owners
  • building managers
  • environmental consultants
  • codes officials
  • service contractors
  • realtors.

The program will also explore liability issues associated specific indoor environmental contaminants, including the general statutory provisions, standard of care, and available case law for each:

  • radon
  • asbestos
  • mold
  • lead
  • VOC's
  • environmental tobacco smoke
  • biologicals (mold, bacteria)
  • formaldehyde
  • combustion by-products

Who should attend?  Anyone interested in understanding the liability concerns associated with the proper design, construction, operation, and maintenance of safe and healthy buildings.




7:45 a.m.     Registration

8:15 a.m.     MIAQC Annual Business Meeting

9:00 a.m.     Break

9:15 a.m.     Liability & IAQ Seminar

11:30 a.m.   Adjourn



$45.00 MIAQC Members in Good Standing

$55.00  Nonmembers

Nonmembers can join the Council by paying $50.00 annual MIAQC dues - includes MIAQC dues through June 30, 2012!



Katherine Joyce, Esquire -  Katherine Joyce is a member of the Energy and Environmental Practice Group at Bernstein Shur. She focuses her practice in environmental permitting and compliance, particularly as it pertains to power generation facilities, large-scale commercial development, real estate remediation, solid waste, water, and air pollution issues, including existing and developing regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.  Kat is also an active member of the firm’s “Green Team” which provides clients with the full range of legal services necessary to accomplish small and large-scale “green” development projects.  Kat also serves in the firm’s Wind Energy Group, focusing on the permitting elements of wind developments. Kat represents clients in various matters involving federal and state agencies, including the Department of Energy, the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Kat is the Chair of the Maine State Bar Association Natural Resources Section.  Prior to practicing law, Katherine’s research and legal internship opportunities addressed a wide range of environmental issues, from European green tax structures to the development of a layman’s guide to Maine environmental laws. She also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal (2002-2003) and received an Academic Achievement Award for her coursework in environmental law.

Jeffrey A. Thaler, Esquire - Jeff Thaler is a senior member of the Energy and Environmental Practice and Litigation Practice Groups at Bernstein Shur. He focuses his environmental and energy practice on the areas of permitting, regulatory compliance, enforcement, and litigation. His substantive areas of expertise include land development, endangered species and water pollution issues, noise and scenic impacts, contaminated sites, greenhouse gas issues, and a variety of renewable energy projects including on and off-shore wind power, hydropower, biomass, and biofuel. Jeff’s litigation practice focuses upon business, toxic tort, professional negligence, and personal injury claims. He licensed to practice in Maine and New Hampshire. Jeff is the lead author of the Maine Environmental Law Handbook, and taught environmental law for 2 semesters at the Maine Law School. Jeff also is a Founder and Immediate Past-President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers; Environmental Practice Group Chair-Elect for Lex Mundi, an international law firm association; a Founder and Co-Chair of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine; and has been listed each year for over 20 years for his environmental, natural resource and litigation legal work by Best Lawyers in America, andfor over 6 years in Chambers USA; and also listed each year since 2008 as a New England Super Lawyer for Energy and Natural Resources Law.


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