2010 is the "Year of the Green Professional," according to organizers of the inaugural Green Legal Matters Conference, the first-ever green law symposium. The conference, meeting in New Orleans April 26-28, discusses how to build a law firm around a green-focused practice; environmental risk management; trends and legal procedures for green building; tax incentives and LEED certifications; and the legality of greenwashing, the ubiquitous marketing tool exploiting the country's pursuit of all things eco-friendly. Guest speakers at the conference include representatives from the United States Green Building Council, Whole Foods, Cisco and the Louisiana Mineral Board, as well as an opening address by New Orleans Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu. Other speakers and panels — with topics ranging from greenhouse gas regulation to company-wide sustainability — will address attendees during the three-day event. Registration is $995, with student and nonprofit discounts available. A portion of the proceeds benefits legal needs of Hurricane Katrina and flood victims. Conference attendees also can register for LEED pre-certification training. Visit www.greenlegalmatters.com for more information.