Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Member Spotlight

Meet our members! Check this page each month to read about some of SEER's most involved members.

Freedom S.N. Smith 

Freedom S.N. Smith is a partner in Ice Miller LLP’s Environmental Group in Indianapolis, IN

Freedom S.N. Smith is a partner in Ice Miller LLP’s Environmental Group in Indianapolis, IN

Freedom S.N. Smith is a partner in Ice Miller LLP’s Environmental Group. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Freedom focuses her practice on providing clients effective regulatory compliance and policy counseling, resolution of environmental liabilities identified in the course of transactions, and representation in environmental litigation matters. Freedom employs her expertise to advise clients on regulatory compliance, policy, environmental assessment processes, permitting, litigation, and enforcement matters. She routinely assists clients with risk management matters in the context of day to day operations, proposed project redevelopments, transactions, and legacy remedial liabilities at industrial sites. 

Freedom is actively involved with SEER and has served on the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right to Know Committee (PCRRTK) for the last several years. She currently serves as co-chair of PCRRTK. In addition, Freedom serves on the Board of Directors for Earth Day Indiana, the Board for Foster Success (an agency that focuses on services and advocacy for foster youth), and the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana’s Community Engagement Committee. When not closing deals, litigating cases, or advising clients, Freedom can be found reading a good book, hiking, and cooking.  

Nadia Ahmad

Nadia Ahmad is an Associate Professor at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, FL

Nadia Ahmad is an Associate Professor at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, FL

Nadia Ahmad is an Associate Professor at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. Professor Ahmad’s over 40 scholarly publications focus on the intersections of energy siting, the environment, and sustainable development. She is a co-author of the third edition of the textbook, “Environmental Justice: Law, Policy, and Regulation,” (Carolina Academic Press). She has presented her research on the law and policy of advanced biofuels in Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Cambridge, Doha, Denver, New York, and San Francisco. In 2016, she was recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 honoree. In 2020, she was appointed to the Council of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (CRSJ), the Advisory Board of the ABA Center for Human Rights’ Dignity Rights Initiative, and The Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board. Earlier, she served as Co-Chair, Chair and Vice Chair of the ABA CRSJ Environmental Justice Committee, which was presented with the Sheila Y. Thomas Committee Excellence Award, and as a Vice Chair of the ABA SEER Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and three children. She enjoys mountain climbing, long distance running, and wildlife photography.

Erik Baptist

Erik Baptist is a partner in Wiley Rein LLP’s Environment and Product Regulation Practice.

Erik Baptist is a partner in Wiley Rein LLP’s Environment and Product Regulation Practice.

Erik Baptist is a partner in Wiley Rein LLP’s Environment and Product Regulation Practice. Based in Washington, D.C., Erik’s practice centers on providing effective legal advocacy and policy counsel on environmental regulations and litigation involving chemicals, pesticides, air emissions, and hazardous waste. Erik is the former Deputy Assistant Administrator for Law and Policy in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and the former Senior Deputy General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Erik employs his expertise in environment and safety issues – including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) – to advise clients on regulatory compliance, policy, litigation, and enforcement matters. He is frequently asked to speak at conferences.

Erik began serving as Congressional Relations Vice Chair on the SEER Outreach Committee in 2019. He enjoys attending ABA events and meeting other environmental lawyers from across the world.

When he is not working, Erik enjoys spending time with his family, going for long runs while pushing his daughters in a double stroller, building wood furniture for his home, and baking Keto desserts.

Kelsea Raether 

Kelsea Raether is an Associate Attorney at Frye & Kelly, P.C. in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Kelsea Raether is an Associate Attorney at Frye & Kelly, P.C. in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Kelsea Raether is an Associate Attorney at Frye & Kelly, P.C., a boutique Indian law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She provides legal counsel on a myriad of matters, but primarily focuses on litigation, business development and representation, and government affairs. She routinely assists tribal governments and tribal organizations with employment, healthcare, and corporate law matters. Kelsea is passionate about protecting and preserving cultural heritage, particularly in the context of natural disasters, and enjoys keeping up with the latest in that field of law.

Kelsea graduated from Michigan State University, where she received a B.A. in Anthropology and a Museum Studies Certificate. She is an avid Spartan football fan! Kelsea received her J.D. and Law and Indigenous Peoples Program Indian Law Certificate from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She is currently admitted to practice in New Mexico, the District of Columbia, and the Navajo Nation.

Kelsea serves as Vice Chair At-Large on the SEER Native American Resources Committee and enjoys assisting with the coordination of engagement opportunities for members. Her article titled, “Cultural Heritage: The Silent Victim of Disasters,” was published in the Winter 2020 issue of Natural Resources and Environment magazine. She is also President of the non-profit foundation that supports her stepson’s charter school. 

Jillian Kirn

Jillian Kirn is a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

Jillian Kirn is a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

Jillian Kirn is a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Greenberg Traurig LLP. She focuses her practice on complex environmental and energy litigation, regulatory compliance counseling, and resolution of environmental liabilities identified in the course of transactions. Jillian routinely assists clients with risk management matters in the context of proposed project redevelopments, renewable energy securities transactions, and legacy remedial liabilities at industrial sites. Jillian is a graduate of Haverford College and Columbia Law School and, prior to joining the firm, served as an Honors Attorney Fellow in Region 10 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For the past several years, Jillian has served as Membership Vice Chair on the Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation committee. Through her involvement in SEER, Jillian has hosted podcasts, published articles in ABA magazines and newsletters, and connected with environmental and energy professionals across the country. In addition to her participation in SEER, Jillian also serves on the board of the John Bartram Association which operates North America’s oldest surviving botanic garden. When not drafting briefs, closing deals, or visiting coal ash basins as an assistant independent monitor, Jillian can be found giving her best rendition of Jessye Norman’s Aida while baking Guyanese pastries.

Heather Lee Miller

Heather Lee Miller is vice president of business development and a shareholder and principal historian with Historical Research Associates, Inc.

Heather Lee Miller is vice president of business development and a shareholder and principal historian with Historical Research Associates, Inc.

Heather Lee Miller is vice president of business development and a shareholder and principal historian with Historical Research Associates, Inc., a history and cultural resource management (CRM) consulting firm. Heather joined HRA’s Seattle office in 2005, after earning her PhD at The Ohio State University in comparative women’s history and history of sexuality.

Much of Heather’s CRM work has centered on hydroelectric relicensing and implementation, and she is currently a programs vice chair on the SEER Hydro Power Committee. Like her many HRA colleagues associated with ABA SEER, Heather looks forward to the conferences and other materials SEER and its members provide. She considers herself lucky to be able to interact with such knowledgeable people in the fields of environmental, energy, and resources law.

Outside work, Heather enjoys pub trivia, playing guitar, genealogy, photography, and traveling with her two teenage daughters and extended family. The great-grand-niece of Otto and Ernest Stiller—original photographers for the Green Bay Packers and the town at large—Heather is currently embarking on writing a history of her family’s experience immigrating from Bohemia and Belgium to Brown County, Wisconsin, in the 1870s and how the Stiller family not only became essential members of their local community but also important contributors to the development of both professional photography and professional football in the twentieth century.

Emily Mott

Emily Mott is an associate with Baker Botts’ Environmental practice group in the firm’s Houston office.

Emily Mott is an associate with Baker Botts’ Environmental practice group in the firm’s Houston office.

Emily Mott is an associate with Baker Botts’ Environmental practice group in the firm’s Houston office. She provides legal counsel with respect to complex environmental litigation and environmental and workplace safety issues. Emily assists companies in handling major industrial accidents and crisis response, root cause analyses, workplace culture, compliance assurance, whistleblower investigations, process safety incidents, and workplace injuries and fatalities. She also counsels companies with respect to government agency investigations and enforcement, both civil and criminal.

Emily is currently a member of the SEER Leadership Development Program. She is also involved in the Houston Association of Women Attorneys and often mentors upper-level law students through the University of Houston Law Center.

Emily holds a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and a B.A. from Baylor University. In her spare time, Emily enjoys non-work related travel and reading non-law related books.

Travis Kline

Travis Kline is a Senior Principal Toxicologist with Geosyntec Consultants in Washington, DC.

Travis Kline is a Senior Principal Toxicologist with Geosyntec Consultants in Washington, DC.

Travis Kline is a Senior Principal Toxicologist with Geosyntec Consultants in Washington, DC. He has more than 25 years of experience specializing in chemical and radiological human health risk assessment and applied toxicology. His project experience includes hundreds of RCRA and CERCLA Corrective Action sites, encompassing DOD, DOE, and private industrial facilities. Travis has broad experience in litigation support, negotiating risk-based allocation strategies at large, multi-PRP superfund sites and is actively engaged in emerging contaminant issues, such as the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), at production and large-scale application facilities throughout the country.

Travis also supports consumer product safety assessments, assisting commercial clients with public health challenges in the marketplace. His recent work with Eastman Chemical Company on plasticizers was nominated for a Presidential Green Chemistry Award.

Travis is a programs vice chair on the SEER Science and Technology Committee. As a speaker at ABA SEER conferences, he has been on CLE panels that covered cost allocation, exposure assessment, and risk assessment. He enjoys speaking at ABA events because they give him an opportunity to let him step away from toxicological minutia to discuss relevancy and impact on everyday life. Travis holds a master’s degree in environmental toxicology from Duke University; he enjoys fly-fishing and watching his sons at ski races.

Keturah Brown 

Keturah Brown is an associate at Reed Smith LLP.

Keturah Brown is an associate at Reed Smith LLP.

Keturah Brown is an associate at Reed Smith LLP in the Energy and Natural Resources Group. Keturah's pro bono work includes serving as Guardian ad Litem in highly contentious custody disputes through the Children's Law Center and representing at-risk District of Columbia residents through the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.

Keturah currently serves as Communications Vice Chair of the Air Quality Committee and Membership Vice Chair of the Oil and Gas Committee. Keturah's active involvement within ABA SEER has provided her with an unparalleled opportunity to connect with various environmental and energy law professionals and to deepen her knowledge within the energy and environmental space.

Keturah holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and an M.P.A. from the Florida State University. 

Isabelle Blouin

Isabelle Blouin is a counsel with Dentons Canada LLP`s Environment and Climate Change practice group in the firm`s Montreal office.

Isabelle Blouin is a counsel with Dentons Canada LLP`s Environment and Climate Change practice group in the firm`s Montreal office.

Isabelle Blouin is a counsel with Dentons Canada LLP`s Environment and Climate Change practice group in the firm`s Montreal office. Her practice focuses on environmental counselling in view of achieving sustainable outcomes for a wide range of sectors. She advises on regulatory and transactional matters, including environmental compliance and due diligence, climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental assessment processes and permitting, wetlands and biodiversity, contaminated lands, and environmental disclosure.

She is currently completing an LL.M. at Vermont Law School (VLS) in international environmental & climate change law. Isabelle recently participated to COP24 (UNFCCC) in Poland, where she covered climate change adaptation issues for VLS’s delegation in partnership with Myanmar for a capacity-building project. She also completed a fellowship at a public interest law firm in Washington DC, where she was called upon to analyze issues related to the impacts of trade and investments on the environment.

Isabelle is an articles vice chair on the SEER International Environmental and Resources Law Committee. She says that ABA SEER has provided her with a great network of colleagues and increased her knowledge of the law. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, running, traveling, and spending time with family and friends over a good meal.   

John Echohawk 

John Echohawk is a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and serves as the Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF).

John Echohawk is a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and serves as the Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF).

John Echohawk is a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and serves as the Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. John was one of the co-founders of the Native American Rights Fund in 1970 and has been the Executive Director continuously since 1977. “During that time, we have been involved in most of the major Indian rights litigation across the country which has fueled the modern-day tribal sovereignty movement. One of the most important issues that we have been involved in has been the quantification of the senior tribal reserved water rights for tribes in the arid west where water is scarce,” John said. He was involved in planning the annual SEER Water Law Conference for many years and now serves as At Large Vice Chair of the SEER Public Land and Resources Committee. John received the SEER Dedication to Diversity and Justice Award in 2018.

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