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Nashville Office Gives Back to Community at Habitat for Humanity’s Build Day

Spencer Fane Bone McAllester attorneys recently volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville’s Build Day, where they contributed to the construction of Sherwood Commons, a townhome community.

Andy Anderson Appointed as Chair at the State Bar of Arizona

Spencer Fane attorney Andy Anderson was recently appointed as Chair to the Business Law Executive Council for the State Bar of Arizona.

John Browning Receives Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award

Spencer Fane attorney John Browning was recently honored by the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA) with the Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award, which goes to “the author of the best-written article published this year in the Oklahoma Bar Journal.”

Randi Winter Discusses Employer Concerns Surrounding the Federal COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates

Spencer Fane attorney Randi Winter was recently quoted in two articles for Business Insurance covering the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and questions employers have about it.

Troy Rackham Appointed to the Committee on Conduct for the U.S. District Court

Spencer Fane attorney Troy Rackham was recently appointed to the Committee on Conduct for the United States District Court – District of Colorado.

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Latest Publications

Federal Contractor Vaccination Mandate: FAQs

Information for Construction, Transportation, Aerospace/Defense, and Other Industries

Last Friday, October 15, 2021, marked the date on which federal agencies were required to begin incorporating a clause compelling compliance with federal COVID-19 workplace safety protocols, including a vaccination mandate for covered workers, into certain existing and new federal contracts, as detailed in guidance issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force on September 24, 2021, pursuant to Executive Order 14042.

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

23 Major Federal Agencies Release Their Plans

On October 7, 2021, twenty-three federal agencies released plans describing how they will integrate climate-readiness across agency missions and programs and bolster the resilience of federal assets. The plans are available here.

NEPA “Core Values” Restored

CEQ Targets Trump Administration NEPA Rule Changes

On October 6, 2021, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced its intention to reverse the Trump Administration’s revisions to environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The announcement states that the action will restore essential safeguards for the protection of public health and the environment.

Migratory Bird Protections Reinstated

On Tuesday, September 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of Interior (“DOI”) announced the revocation of the Trump Administration’s regulation that had limited the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”). The revocation rule will go into effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register on October 4, 2021.

Air Permitting in Colorado Flawed

Report to Colorado Attorney General Details Failings of Agency Permitting Procedures

An earlier Spencer Fane blog post in May detailed the whistleblowers’ allegations that were contained in their letter to the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”).

The allegations caused the state’s Attorney General, Phil Weiser, to hire outside counsel to investigate. The Troutman Pepper report, released last week on September 22, concluded that fraud (or an intent to circumvent the law) on the part of the agency was not an issue; but, the permitting process needs improvement lest continuing “confusion” taints the process.

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Latest Events

Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference

Spencer Fane attorneys Andrew Brought, Jessica Merrigan, and Jim Price will present at the Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference, covering environmental and energy law topics.

2021 TMCA Symposium

Spencer Fane attorney Hon. Alvin Zimmerman will present at the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association (TMCA) 17th Annual Symposium, discussing the ethics in law and mediation.

Helen Holden to Present on Vaccines, Masks, and COVID-19 at FEI’s Arizona Chapter Meeting

Spencer Fane attorney Helen Holden will present at Financial Executives International (FEI) Arizona Chapter’s upcoming dinner meeting. She will cover best practices for Arizona companies to ensure workplace safety during the COVID-19 Delta variant surge, including how to handle the federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

Novogradac 2021 HTC Conference

Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Whitney will present at the upcoming Novogradac 2021 Historic Tax Credit (HTC) Conference in Chicago. In addition, the firm is pleased to sponsor this impactful event that helps rehabilitation developers and other professionals nationwide preserve our historic buildings.

SIOR Development Day – 2021

Spencer Fane is pleased to attend and sponsor the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors’s (SIOR) 31st annual Development Day event.

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