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Meteorology and the Law: Hazardous Weather Preparedness and Litigation

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  • Description

    Weather-related lawsuits primarily stem from a failure to properly prepare for weather-related events, whether due to lack of knowledge or misinformation. Advance preparation for major or even minor weather hazards can protect lives, property and communities, particularly in a changing climate.

    This CLE course will introduce a survey of the field of forensic meteorology and explain how weather data is analyzed to reconstruct past events and anticipate future ones. The course will provide case studies on how accidents resulting from snow and ice may lead to litigation and how proper preparation for weather conditions may have been preventative.

    The course will explain the meteorological research process and explain the retention of expert meteorologist and use of their analyses to support and develop legal defenses.

  • Instructor Bio

    Michele Newsome

    Michele Newsome, Esq. is a partner at the firm Milber Makris Plousadis & Seiden, LLP in White Plains, New York. Michele received a Bachelor of Science from University at Albany in 2008 and obtained her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in 2013. She currently practices in the areas of general liability, premises liability, automobile and transportation liability, New York Labor Law, medical malpractice and appellate practice.

    She defends building owners, commercial establishments, contractors, subcontractors, management companies, health care professionals and individuals in all aspects of litigation. She has secured favorable settlements and verdicts on behalf of her clients at the trial level and has also successfully argued at the appellate level.


    Alicia Wasula

    Dr. Alicia Wasula is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and owns Shade Tree Meteorology, a firm which provides expert witness consulting services for litigation support. Alicia has over 20 years of teaching experience which has given her expertise in communication of scientific information in a clear, easy-to-understand style.

    Her research background serves as her foundation for understanding and interpreting weather data and conducting scientific analysis. As a small-business owner, she is constantly exploring how to enable individuals to understand and use weather information in a way that is most relevant to their needs.

    Whether she is communicating weather information to attorneys or juries for litigation purposes, property owners for weather preparedness training, or her students, her goal is to help people understand how the weather is important to them and use that information in a way which is most relevant to them.