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Vol. 42 No. 2

 

Indian tribe participation resolution

At the 2011 ABA Annual Meeting, the Section submitted a recommendation and report to the House of Delegates. The control and administration of the ABA is vested in the House of Delegates, the policy-making body of the Association. Action taken by the House of Delegates on specific issues becomes official ABA policy. The Section’s recommendation was adopted by the House of Delegates. The resolution reads as follows:

RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the United States government to ensure that federally-recognized Indian tribes (Tribes) listed pursuant to the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994, 25 U.S.C. 479a, may participate fully (including, e.g. consideration for membership on United States delegations) in policy discussions on the issue of climate change domestically and in international fora;

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the United States government to consult on a government-to-government basis with Tribes on climate change; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the United States government to provide adequate and equitable financial and other support for Tribes to:

  1. carry out measures such as mitigating climate change, reducing greenhouse gases, and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency; and
  2. adapt to direct impacts from climate and sea-level changes to their territorial and reservation land bases and resources, including, with the free, prior, and informed consent of Alaska Native villages imminently threatened by erosion and flooding, the development and implementation of plans for permanent relocation.

View the full report accompanying this resolution.

 

Committee recognition

At the 19th Section Fall Meeting in Indianapolis, committees were recognized for their outstanding efforts during the 2010–2011 ABA year. The Phoenix Award was given to the committees that had made an outstanding effort to improve their performance. Congratulations to the following committees and their leadership: The Phoenix Award: Forest Resources; Best Committee: Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance; Best Newsletters: Constitutional Law; and Best Programs: Science and Technology.

 

Leadership Development Program participants announced

The Section is pleased to announce the selection of the following members to participate in the Leadership Development Program (LDP) for 2011–2012: Donald D. Anderson, McGuire Woods LLP, Jacksonville, Florida; Julia A. Bailey Dulan, Southern Company Services, Atlanta, Georgia; Kari Fisher, California Farm Bureau Federation, Sacramento, California; Nathan Gardner-Andrews, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Washington, D.C., Lauren E. Godshall, Stone Pigman Walther Wittman, LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana; Robert F. Gruenig, Stetson Law Offices, P.C., Albuquerque, New Mexico;  Jehmal Hudson, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Arlington, Virginia; Margaret E. Peloso, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Washington, D.C.; Charles Victor Pyle III, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Houston, Texas; Lauran M. Sturm, Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Louisville, Kentucky; Grant W. Wilkinson, University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio; and Julia B. Wyman, Providence, Rhode Island.

The LDP is designed to support Section members interested in expanding a current leadership role or expanding their knowledge of the Section so that they can assume a leadership role in the future.

 

2011 ABA Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy

The 2011 ABA Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy was presented at a ceremony and reception during the 2011 ABA Annual Meeting. The individual award went to Richard J. Lazarus, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The institutional award went to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Academy of Environmental Law.

Trends, Vol. 43, No. 2, November/December 2011, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association.

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