Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Special Committee on Congressional Relations

Welcome to ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' (SEER) Special Committee on Congressional Relations (SCCR) homepage. The SCCR works with other SEER committees to provide a vital nonpartisan resource for Members of Congress and their staff.

SEER is professionally, politically, regionally, and culturally diverse, making our 10,000-member section a unique and exceptional source of knowledge on environment, energy, and resource issues from many different perspectives.

The Special Committee on Congressional Relations, a part of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER), works to provide information and expertise to members of Congress and Congressional staff.  We:

  • Offer SEER as a premier source of information on environment, energy, and resources issues;*
  • Meet with and provide information to congressional staff;
  • Organize, as needed, short educational and non-advocacy briefings on the Hill on current environment, energy, and resource topics, structures;
  • Conduct periodic Section “Days on the Hill” where Section members meet with Congressional offices to introduce the Section and our resources;
  • Maintain a website of resources for Congressional staff;
  • Make available SEER Committee newsletters;
  • Keep the membership apprised of relevant Congressional developments.

* We convey information in a nonpartisan manner, unless the ABA has taken a position on an issue, in which case we’ll identify that the ABA has taken a position.

Emily Fisher, Co-Chair
Martha Marrapese, Co-Chair

David Eppstein,
Staff Liaison
Legislative Counsel
American Bar Association - Governmental Affairs Office


Copies of briefing materials prepared by the Special Committee and presented to Congressional Staff can be found at the links below.  If you would like to request a briefing, please select the "Request a Briefing" tab. 

Environmental Law and Hurricane Sandy Audio Download
Moderated by Michael B. Gerrard, Professor and Director, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, New York, NY Debris, mud, and contaminated water cover and fill some of the most important public infrastructure in the world. There is an urgent need to restore critical services and otherwise clean up this mess, but at what environmental cost? And speaking of cost, who will pay for the cleanup?

Codes of Federal Regulations (CFR) of environmental/resource agencies

Federal Register

7 CFR - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

10 CFR - Department of Energy (DOE)

25 CFR - The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

30 CFR - Mining/Department of the Interior (DOI)

33 CFR - United States Coast Guard (USCG)

36 CFR - National Parks

40 CFR - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) & Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

43 CFR - Public Lands

50 CFR - Wildlife and Fisheries

Federal Agencies

Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

Department of Energy (DOE)

Department of the Interior (DOI)

Department of the Transportation (DOT)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

The National Academy of Sciences

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)


Brookings Institute

Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment

Earth Institute Columbia University

The Environmental Law Institute

Rand Corporation

Resources for the Future

Stanford University Program on Energy and Sustainable Development

World Resources Institute

Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies