March 24, 2020

49th Spring Conference

Cancellation of Environmental, Energy and Resources Law's 49th Spring Conference

In light of the CDC's recommendation that meetings of fifty attendees or more be cancelled, the designation of the COVID-19 disease as a pandemic, and the declaration from the Governor of the State of Illinois of a public health emergency, the ABA and the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, after much deliberation and careful consideration of the information available to us, have made the difficult decision to cancel the 49th Spring Conference scheduled for April 22-24, 2020. We appreciate your patience as we have been carefully monitoring this dynamic situation.

We trust you understand our decision,  and hope any inconvenience is minimal.

While we will miss seeing you in-person in Chicago, we are making arrangements to have many of the planned Spring Conference sessions offered as virtual learning programs such as webinars. Please watch your email for details of this alternative programming..

Please note the following regarding cancellation policies:

  • Conference:  Cancellations for the 49th Spring Conference will automatically be processed, and refunds will be credited to you within the next two weeks using your original form of payment. For questions, please contact the ABA Service Center at or (800) 285-2221 [International (312) 988-5000].
  • Hotel: Please note that hotel reservations must be cancelled by the individual who booked the reservation as soon as possible to avoid any penalties or fees. Swissotel Chicago: (312) 565–0565.
  • Airlines: Please note that flight reservations must be cancelled by the individual who booked the reservation. It is up to the individual airlines if they will waive change fees or issue credits for the entirety of tickets. 

On behalf of the Section Officers, we appreciate the significant contributions that have been made by the program chair and the planning committee for the preparation of this year’s conference. We thank those of you who registered for the Spring Conference and for your support of the Section. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us by email at or by phone at (312) 988-5642.

We look forward to seeing you October 7-10, 2020 in Nashville for the 28th Fall Conference, and, in the meantime, please stay well!

Karen Mignone, Chair, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Susan Floyd, Education Officer, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Norman Dupont, Planning Chair, 49th Spring Conference

COVID-19 Resources

As we all navigate the COVID-19 virus pandemic, a quick review of some cybersecurity considerations for environmental and energy lawyers working remotely in the wake of Coronavirus may help them avoid pitfalls common to telework. Here is a great resource:

You can find additional COVID-19 resources in the SEER Connect Environmental Community library. Please note, after clicking the preceding link you will need to log in to the ABA website using your ABA credentials.

If you are not already a member of the SEER Connect Environmental Community, you can join online by visiting, then logging into “myABA,” clicking “memberships,” selecting “join/leave committees,” and selecting “join” beside the word “environmental.” Please contact Kevin Gordon at or (312) 988-6256 with any questions about joining.