CLE | Forensic Meteorology & The Law: High-Impact Flooding Events

WHEN: NEW DATE!! Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2021 via ZOOM | MCLE: 1.5 (0.5 Prof. Practice, 1.0 Skills) | COST: Only $20 and FREE to Legal Services Agencies

Please note: This CLE is not subject to the Free 6.0 MCLE credits OCBA members in good standing annually receive to redeem for Audio CLE courses.

Your clients own or supervise residential, commercial or municipal properties. And where we live, given the season, sometimes it rains. A lot. To the point where flooding becomes a high-impact event that causes high-cost damages. And, typically, that’s when you enter the scene.

In this CLE webinar, meteorology and the law combine and you’ll learn why you would include a weather and climate expert and when to invoke their input into the case you’re developing.

Appropriate for any litigator, this informative CLE contemplates how forensic meteorology can help you help your clients in the aftermath of a flood event.

Gain a historical perspective of meteorology and learn how a meteorological expert can reconstruct past weather events to inform a jury about all of the factors involved your liability case.





Alicia Wasula, Ph.D., President of Shade Tree Meteorology, LLC

Dr. Wasula earned her Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees in Atmospheric Science at the University at Albany and earned her Certified Consulting Meteorological designation from the American Meteorological Society in 2015.

She developed a passion for severe weather and traveled to the Great Plains to study it in the field. She spent a summer in Norman, Oklahoma at the National Storm Prediction Center, doing research with Bob Johns, a prominent severe weather scientist.

During her post-graduate studies, Dr. Wasula  worked closely with operational forecasters on research projects at the Albany National Weather Service Office and the Storm Prediction Center on both her Master and Doctoral research projects.

Her work as a forensic meteorologist and an educator is driven by a passion for science and clear communication. She delivers the results of her research to clients in terms which are readily understood by non-meteorologists.

Alicia served as Chair of the American Meteorological Society Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists in 2019, and is currently serving on the American Meteorological Society Board of Best Practices and is the Chair-Elect of the Board of the Association of Consulting Meteorologists.

Christopher K. Mills, Esq.,  Mr. Mills is a partner at The Mills Law Firm LLP.  His practice is limited to representing clients in personal injury and commercial litigation, with a focus on cases involving medical malpractice, automobile accidents, school and municipal law and contract disputes.  Mr. Mills also has an extensive appellate practice and has briefed and argued cases in the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, the New York State Court of Appeals and the  United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Mills has served as an executive officer on several legal associations and committees, including as the President of the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association and the Federation of Bar Associations of the Fourth Judicial District.  Mr. Mills is currently serving as the Vice President of the Saratoga County Bar Association.  Mr. Mills has also served on several committees by appointment of the Court of Appeals and Appellate Division, Third Department.  Mr. Mills was appointed by former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to serve two three year terms as a member of the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission (IJEQC) for the Fourth Judicial District.  Mr. Mills is also longtime member of the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Fourth Judicial District, and in 2019 Mr. Mills was appointed by the Appellate Division, Third Department as the Chair of the Committee for a term of 2 years.

Mr. Mills received his B.A. from Colgate University, where he graduated cum laude with a major in Economics, and he received his J.D. from Albany Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude

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