James Checkley was recently appointed Vice-President, Legal and Regulatory, at LS Power Development, LLC, in Austin, Texas. Checkley will work on matters related to Cross Texas Transmission, LLC, a new transmission-only utility that was selected by the Texas Public Utility Commission of Texas to develop competitive renewable energy zone transmission lines. Checkley was previously a partner at Locke Lord LLP. He is a member of the Section’s Book Publishing Board.
Wendy Bowden Crowther has joined Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Salt Lake City office as a shareholder and a member of the Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources Department. Crowther concentrates her practice on water law and represents municipalities, water conservancy districts, special service districts, irrigation companies, and private water rights holders. She also represents clients in Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act regulatory matters. Crowther’s Section appointments include serving as a co-chair of the Section’s Annual Conference on Environmental Law and as a Water Law Conference vice chair.
Lisa E. Jones recently joined Sidley Austin LLP as counsel in the environmental practice in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Jones joined the firm from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she was a trial lawyer and then an assistant section chief in the Appellate Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division. She is an editorial board member of the Section publication Trends.
Karl Karg was recently promoted to partner in the Environment, Land, and Resources Department at Latham & Watkins’ Chicago office. Karg’s practice focuses on the defense of enforcement actions and other lawsuits under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, and other environmental laws. He also advises clients on environmental management, compliance, transactional, policy, and government relations issues.
Charles Kazaz has recently joined the Environmental group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, working out of the firm’s Montreal and Toronto offices. Kazaz represents clients in the mining, commercial, industrial, waste management, and property development sectors with respect to project development, on-going operational issues, and transactional matters.
Leah B. Silverthorn has joined Wooden & McLaughlin LLP in Indianapolis. Silverthorn’s practice includes brownfields redevelopment and green real estate development, as well as the defense of claims brought under CERCLA, RCRA, and various state hazardous substances statutes across the country. She also advises clients on environmental insurance coverage. She is a vice chair of the Section’s Constitutional Law Committee.
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Shelia Hollis was honored as the University of Denver’s Outstanding International Alumni, and was a featured speaker on the future of energy law at the 40th anniversary celebration of the university’s Journal of International Law and Policy. Hollis also discussed opportunities and barriers for women entering the legal profession in the energy field. She is a partner and chair of the Washington, D.C., office of Duane Morris. Hollis is a Section delegate to the ABA House of Delegates and is a former Section chair.
The Environmental Law Institute recently announced the election of Edward L. Strohbehn Jr. as its new board chairman and Alexandra Dapolito Dunn and Ann R. Klee as board members. Strohbehn is of counsel at Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and serves as a member of the Leadership Council of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is a former Section council member. Dunn serves as the executive director and general counsel for the Association of Clean Water Administrators in Washington, D.C. Dunn is the Section’s chair-elect. Klee is vice president for Environment, Health & Safety at General Electric in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is a former Section Council member.