Membership Diversity Enhancement Program

MDEPThe Membership Diversity Enhancement Program (MDEP) is designed for lawyers who have been under-represented in our Section membership. The program’s goal is to have its programs, publications, and other activities reflect the diverse perspectives and interests of all lawyers who practice in the environmental, energy, and natural resource law areas. 

Selected MDEP participants will receive the following benefits through August 31, 2015:

  • 50% payment of your ABA dues and waived Section dues; you only pay the remaining 50% of your ABA dues!
  • Complimentary registration fee for one Section-hosted conference of your choice!
  • $400 travel reimbursement after attending your one free Section conference! 

Below are the current and past participants in the MDEP.


Selection Criteria and Eligibility

The program is open to minority lawyers, women lawyers, lawyers with disabilities, and differing sexual orientation and gender identification that are:

  • Young lawyers (lawyers admitted to practice for less than five years or who are under 36 years old),
  • Government lawyers,
  • Public interest,
  • Academia, or
  • Solo practitioners

Please note: Consistent with the goal of increased membership diversity, the program especially encourages applicants who are not already ABA or Section members and applicants whose dues are not reimbursed by their employer.

Individuals must agree, if selected, to:

  1. Pay the balance of your ABA dues, upon notification and after the Section pays 50%. 
  2. Join at least one substantive committee.
  3. Provide us with a valid e-mail address.
  4. Participate in Section activities in some meaningful way, such as writing an article for a Section newsletter, Trends, or NR&E, agreeing to serve as a vice chair for a committee, or participating in the planning of a program.
  5. Attend at least one Section program using the complimentary registration provided by MDEP.