Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) supports SEER members who are 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 with any questions.

2021 LDP Participants:

  • Lauren Bachtel, Senior Attorney, Hunton Andrews Kurth, Washington, DC
  • Blaine Bengtson, Associate Attorney, Jones & Keller, Denver, CO
  • Amanda Crawford, Associate, Venable LLP, Washington, DC
  • Nick DiLuzio, Partner, NewFields, Atlanta, GA
  • Pamela Garman, Associate, Crowley Fleck PLLP, Billings, MT
  • Jesse Haskins, Attorney, J. Haskins Law PA, Tampa, FL
  • Pete Keays, Associate, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Philadelphia, PA
  • Emily Lane, Judicial Law Clerk, United States Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of Ohio, Columbus, OH
  • Kartik Madiraju, Associate, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, Forest Hills, NY
  • Telsula Morgan, Senior Attorney, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., West Palm Beach, FL
  • Mary-Thomas Hart, Deputy Environmental Counsel, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Washington, DC
  • Ryan Weiss, Counsel, The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI
The 2021 LDP group meets regularly on Zoom to learn about the Section and participate in leadership development activities.

The 2021 LDP group meets regularly on Zoom to learn about the Section and participate in leadership development activities.

2020 LDP Participants:

  • Joshua Ash, Contract Manager, The Walsh Group, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Inga Caldwell, Associate Director of Environmental Law Programs, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, White Plains, NY
  • Jessica Christy, Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund, Denver, CO
  • Phillip Dupre, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
  • Lena Golze Desmond., New York, NY
  • David Halverson, Legal Counsel, State of Utah Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Cynthia R. Harris, Staff Attorney, Research and Policy Division | Director, Tribal Programs, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, DC
  • JD Howard, Associate, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, Atlanta, GA
  • Emily Mott, Associate Attorney, Baker Botts LLP, Houston, TX
  • Adam Podowitz-Thomas, Bala Cynwyd, PA
  • Maram Salaheldin, Associate Attorney, Clark Hill PLC, Washington, DC
  • Michael Traynham, Special Counsel, Nexsen Pruet LLC, Columbia, SC
The 2020 LDP group was introduced to Section members during a luncheon that took place during the SEER 27th Fall Conference in Boston.

The 2020 LDP group was introduced to Section members during a luncheon that took place during the SEER 27th Fall Conference in Boston.

Eligibility Requirements

  • ABA and SEER member
  • Completion of an application. The 2021 application deadline was July 20, 2020. Applications for 2022 will be posted on this page in June 2021.

Participation Requirements

  • Attend the Fall Conference. A virtual meeting of the LDP class will occur around the time of this event.
  • Participate in a class project which will require working with other LDP members and making a presentation to Section leadership at the Fall Council Meeting immediately following their year-long LDP involvement.
  • As requested by the LDP Chair, submit updates on personal progress and LDP experiences.
  • Participate in monthly LDP conference calls.
  • Availability for Section leadership at the end of the LDP term.

LDP Program Benefits During the ABA Year in Which you are Selected

  • Waiver of registration fee for all Section conferences, including the annual Spring and Fall Conferences.
  • Assignment to a SEER mentor.
  • Recognition at SEER events as an LDP member.
  • For LDP members who meet one of the following criteria: government employee, academic, public interest lawyer, young lawyer, solo/small firm practitioner, or unemployed, a travel/lodging reimbursement is available to attend the Fall Conference according to the guidelines listed in sections III. A. 4. and III. D. 9. in the SEER reimbursement policy.
  • Two SEER books of interest at no cost.
Past LDP Projects and Call Recordings
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