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photo of James Conrad, Jr.James W. Conrad, Jr.

James W. Conrad, Jr. is a Counsel with the American Chemistry Council, where he provides legal and policy counsel to the Information Management/Right-to-Know Team and the Regulatory Reinvention & Legal Reform Team. For the IM/RTK Team, he conducts regulatory, judicial and legislative outreach and advocacy on governmental management of environmental information and the use of information as a regulatory or policy tool. He also provides counsel for ChemicalGuide.com, the Council's facility-based web site. For the RR&LR Team, he leads CMA's advocacy regarding compliance and enforcement, and also works on several other regulatory reinvention and risk/science initiatives. In his seven years at the Council, Mr. Conrad has also managed the association's environmental legal staff, and has practiced in the areas of hazardous/solid waste and air monitoring.

Mr. Conrad spent eight years in private practice with the Washington, D.C. offices of Davis, Graham & Stubbs and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where his practice encompassed regulatory advocacy, counseling, litigation and transactional work under all the major federal environmental statutes and numerous state laws. For most of a decade he represented conservation groups on a pro bono basis in a variety of matters involving marine mammals and bald eagles. He has also chaired the City of Alexandria, Virginia Environmental Policy Commission.

Mr. Conrad developed and edits the Environmental Science Deskbook, published by West Group. He is a regular speaker before organizations such as the American Bar Association, the American Corporate Counsel Association, ALI/ABA, the Environmental Auditing Roundtable and the Environmental Law Institute. Mr. Conrad's writings on environmental legal subjects have appeared regularly in trade journals such as ELI's Environmental Law Reporter and the BNA Environment Reporter. He has also written for The New Republic and the Washington Post, and contributed for many years to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is a graduate of GW Law School and Haverford College.

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