Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) supports 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 with any questions about LDP.

2020 Leadership Development Program (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, D.C.
  • 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, D.C.
  • JD Howard, Associate, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, Atlanta, GA
  • Emily Mott, Associate Attorney, Baker Botts LLP, Houston, TX
  • Adam Podowitz-Thomas, Associate, Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP, Bala Cynwyd, PA
  • Maram Salaheldin, Senior Consultant, Tellevate, LLC, Springfield, VA
  • Michael Traynham, Special Counsel, Nexsen Pruet LLC, Columbia, SC
The 2019-2020 LDP group was introduced to Section members during a luncheon that took place during the SEER 27th Fall Conference in Boston.

The 2019-2020 LDP group was introduced to Section members during a luncheon that took place during the SEER 27th Fall Conference in Boston.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • ABA and SEER member
  • Completion of an application. Applications are typically available in July each year.

Participation Requirements

  • Attend the Fall Conference. An in-person meeting of the LDP class will occur at 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.
Past LDP Projects and Call Recordings
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