Appellate practice in the Environment and Natural Resources Division: “Calls for Views of the Solicitor General”

Vol. 43 No. 6

Ethan G. Shenkman has practiced environmental law and Indian law in both the government and private sector. He is currently serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in ENRD, where he supervises ENRD’s Appellate Section and Indian Resources Section and was previously partner at the law firm WilmerHale. He started his legal career as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Justice or the United States.


The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) of the U.S. Department of Justice has responsibility for cases involving more than 150 statutes and represents virtually every federal agency in courts throughout the United States. About half of ENRD’s lawyers concentrate on enforcement cases premised on civil and criminal violations of the nation’s pollution control laws. Others defend environmental challenges to government programs and activities, and represent the United States in matters concerning the stewardship of the nation’s natural resources and public lands. ENRD is also responsible for cases arising under federal wildlife protection laws, for acquisition of real property by eminent domain, for cases concerning protection of tribal rights and resources, and defense of tribal claims against the United States.

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