Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is designed to support SEER members interested in expanding a current leadership role or growing their knowledge of the Section so that they can assume a leadership role in the future. Please contact Kevin Gordon, Membership Associate, at (312) 988-6256 with any questions about LDP.

Applications for the 2020 LDP class will be available through July 15, 2019.

LDP Program Benefits

  • Waiver of registration fee for all Section conferences during the ABA year in which you are accepted, including the annual Fall Conference and Spring Conference.
  • Waiver of registration fee for five (5) Section hosted non-CLE Webinars during the ABA year that you are accepted into the program. Contact Kevin Gordon to obtain complimentary webinar registration.
  • Assignment to a SEER mentor.
  • Recognition at SEER events as an LDP participant.
  • For government, academic, public interest attorneys, young lawyers, and solo/small firm practitioners: access to a maximim of $500 travel and lodging (contracted SEER hotel only) reimbursement for one meeting.
  • Two SEER books of interest at no cost.

Eligibility Requirements

Participation Requirements

  • Attend the Fall Conference. An in-person meeting of the LDP class will occur at this event. The 2019 Fall Conference will be September 11-14 in Boston.
  • Participate in a class project which will require working with other LDP members and making a presentation to Section leadership at the 2020 Fall Council meeting in Nashville in October.
  • As requested by the LDP Chair, submit updates on your personal progress and LDP experiences.
  • Participate in monthly LDP conference calls.
  • Availability for Section leadership at the end of the LDP term.

2019 Leadership Development Program (LDP) participants:

  • Anne-Catherine Boucher, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Montreal, Quebec
  • Jad Davis, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, Irvine, California
  • Emily Green, Conservation Law Foundation, Portland, Maine
  • Sarah Grey, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Denver, Colorado
  • Richard Groeneman, Missouri Office of the Attorney General, Fenton, Missouri
  • Darcie Houck, California Public Utilities Commission, Sacramento, California
  • Christopher Kane, AECOM, Arlington, Virginia
  • Theresa Romanosky, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Washington, DC
  • Amanda Urban, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Office of Regional Counsel, Chicago, IL 
  • Achinthi Vithanage, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
  • Tracy Williams, Beveridge & Diamond P.C., Seattle, Washington
  • Richard Winders, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., Springfield, Missouri
Past LDP Projects and Call Recordings
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