Speakers and Workshops

Randal O’Toole

H. Reed Hopper

Pacific Legal Foundation

Mr. Hopper is a principal attorney in PLF’s Environmental Law Practice Group. He oversees the foundation’s Endangered Species Act Program that is designed to ensure that species protections are balanced with individual rights, the rule of law, and other social values. Mr. Hopper also oversees PLF’s Clean Water Act Project that targets illegal federal regulation of wetlands and other waters. He has argued and won several major cases before the US Supreme Court including the landmark cases “Rapanos v United States”, and “Sackett v EPA” where he was supervising attorney. He also argued and won unanimous US Supreme Court decisions in “Corps v Hawkes”, and “Kent Recycling v Corps”.

Prior to joining PLF in 1987, Mr. Hopper served as both an environmental protection officer and hearing officer in the U.S. Coast Guard enforcing the Clean Water Act in the Gulf Coast. Mr. Hopper has managed large industrial waste programs and established a consulting firm for hazardous waste compliance. Additionally, Mr. Hopper has been part of national and state committees to draft and revise numerous environmental laws and regulations, including NEPA, CEQA, ESA, and CESA, and state and federal timber harvesting guidelines. 

Practice areas:

  • Endangered Species Act 
  • Clean Water Act 
  • Environmental Regulations

Mr. Hopper is author of A Rationale For Partial Regulatory Takings: A Closer Look At Selected United States Supreme Court Precedent, 31 Southwestern Univ. L. Rev. 1 (2001); Bringing In The Sheaves: Home Grown Wheat, Weed, And Limits On The Commerce Clause, 7 Ky. J. Equine, Agric. & Nat. Resources L., 41 (2015); and How An Environmental Commerce Clause Challenge Presaged The Decision Of Chief Justice Roberts In NFIB v. Sebelius, 7 Ky. J. Equine, Agric. & Nat. Resources L., 89 (2015).

Cindy Alia

Cindy has been a member of CAPR since 2004, and a board member soon after. She has been CAPR’s lobbyist in Olympia since 2015.

Roger Almskaar

Roger Almskaar is a land use consultant based in Bellingham Wa, working mainly on short plat and zoning applications and related environmental issues for private parties since 1981. He has been an active member of the Whatcom Co chapter of CAPR since its founding in 2009, and is its current President. Roger is also a member of and active in government affairs with the local and state Building Industry Associations.

Connor Edwards

Mr Edwards is a Seattle native who graduated from Evergreen State College.He worked as an intern for the Freedom Foundation, as well as serving as a Legislative Aide for Wa State Senator Pam Roach. Most recently he has worked as a paid staff member for various Republican campaigns, including recently elected State Treasurer Duane Davidson.

Rick Forschler

Rick served for six years as an elected Sewer Commissioner, and continues as the Technology Chair for theWashington State Water and Sewer Association- a position he has held for thirteen years. He has been a leader in CAPR since 2009 and is also on his second term on the SeaTac City Council.

Betsy Howe

Ms Howe organized public opposition to King Co. rules and fees regarding septic systems. Founder of “Citizens Opposed to OSS Management Washington (COOMWA”, she has worked with and become a board member of CAPR to design legislation that will protectseptic system owners from government overreach. She retired from a career as State Executive Director of three national health organizations.

Ed Kilduff

A Geophysisist, licensed Engineering Geologist,and licensed Hydrogeologist among other Geology degrees, he attended Tufts University, Colorado School of Mines, and MIT. He holds degrees in Math/Geology, Geophysics, Business-Applied Economics and Finance. He has 27 years experience working all over the U.S., but mostly California and Washington St. Heis presently president of the “Common Sense Alliance”.

Ed Moats

Ed is a lawyer with several years experience as a lobbyist with the Wa St Legislature. He has served as a legislative analyst with the House Republican Caucus, and as a legislative analyst with the Snohomish County Council. He is currently a community college professor of mathematics.

Glen Morgan

CAPR Executive Director

Glen Morgan is CAPR's new executive Director. Glen Morgan was the Grassroots Director and the Property Rights Director at the Freedom Foundation from 2011 until January 2015. He enjoys creating videos documenting Big Government's abuses of citizens – particularly on property rights issues. He is a frequent writer and speaker on property rights, the environmental movement, Big Government, and the importance of citizen activism.

After graduating from college with a BA in political science from Columbia College in New York City, he returned home and worked for small start­up companies and local manufacturing businesses. He currently lives on a small tree farm in Thurston County with his wife and their four children.

Thomas Pors

Mr Pors is a 5th consecutive generation lawyer of Danish decent who grew up in Wisconsin. Having passed the bar in 1982, he began practicing in Los Angelos with a coupledifferent firms before coming to Seattle and working for Perkins Coie in 1988. After workingfor other firms for almost 20 years he opened his own firm in 2001. He specializes in naturalresources, land use and environmental law emphasizing water rights and water related issues.He recently received the highest peer review rating of AV-Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell.

Elaine Wilman

Elaine is of Cherokee ancestry and has a Masters in Public Administration.She lived within the Yakima Indian Reservation for many years. After witnessing the the ever increasing negative impact of tribal government (“tribalism”) on rank and file indians and non indians alike, she made a 6,000 mile cross country trip from Washington to New York with a friend, interviewing tribal members, elected officials, law enforcement agents, and community leaders living within or near seventeen different reservations.

CAPR Course Descriptions

Citizen Activist (2hrs)

Presenters: Glen Morgan & Connor Edwards

Course will cover skills required for the average citizen to deal with the government. These include how to research laws and regulations, how to do PDA (Public Disclosure Act) requests (i.e. force information from government officials), and how to deal with bureaucrats and elected officials.

Geology (1hr)

Presenter: Ed Kilduff

This course will cover the basics stream and aquifer geology. You will gain a basic understanding of the mechanics of surface and groundwater flow, the types of aquifers and how they may or may not connect with surface water . This is vital to understanding why the Hirst decision was/is an abomination.

Indian Policy (1hr)

Presenter Elaine Willman

You will learn just how insidious the BIA really is. It is a secretive organization that has become a instrument of oppression for the rank and file tribal members as well as non tribal members alike. Well funded by the Indian Gaming Act, it has become a means to rob everyone of their property rights as well as their constitutional rights in other areas.

OSS (1hr)

Presenters: Bettsy Howe and Rick Forschler

This course is designed to demystify the basic operation of an Onsite Septic System, how it compares in effectiveness and “environmental friendliness”; and the tendency of government to try to tax them to extort more money from rural residents through fraudulent claims of “septic failures”.

Administrative Law (1hr)

Presenter: Ed Moats

Administrative law is law promulgated and enforced by unelected agency staff. It negates political liberty and self government. This course will explain how legislators have allowed administrative law to be created, how legislators could exercise authority over administrative law, how legislatators refuse to do so, and what bills are before the legislature now that would rein in administrative law.

Lobbying (1hr)

Presenters: Cindy Alia & Glen Morgan

Our CAPR lobbyist and executive director will discuss the proposed bills currently in the legislature. They will also cover lobbying strategies and the state of property rights reform in Washington State at a statewide level.

Water Rights (1hr)

Presenter: Tom Pors

This Course is a brief, basic overview of how water rights function, and how they are impacted by several recent state supreme court decisions like “Hirst” & Bassett”.

GMA (2hrs)

Presenter: Roger Almskaarr

This class will summarize how certain land use plans and regulations required of most counties, cities, and state agencies by the 1990 Growth Management Act (GMA) adversely affect the property rights of citizens and businesses. Possible solutions at the local and state level will be proposed and discussed, including potential allies for reform and repeal. Questions will be taken at any time. This class will not cover building codes. A list of online resources will be provided.