September 06, 2013

State or Local Bar Program of the Year Award

State or Local Bar Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award

The State or Local Bar Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award will be given in recognition of the best continuing legal education program or public service project of the year focused on issues in the field of environmental, energy, or natural resources law. The program or project must have occurred during the 2012 calendar year. Nominees are likely to be State or Local Bar sections or committees focused on environment, energy, and natural resources issues.

ELP

The Section is pleased to announce the State Bar of Oregon, Sustainable Future Section as the recipient of the 2013 State or Local Bar Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award.

The Section has developed models that might be used in state and local bar associations across the country and has served as a source of inspiration for lawyer groups in other states, such as Washington Lawyers for Sustainability. In late 2009, upon receipt of a petition signed by 465 Oregon lawyers, the Board of Governors of the Oregon State Bar adopted a sustainability by-law and authorized formation of the Sustainable Future Section, which is believed to be the first state bar section in the United States organized around the societal goal of sustainability rather than a specific body of substantive law or an area of practice.

Complementing the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Section, the scope of the Sustainable Future Section reflects the broader sweep of the impact of human development on natural systems, without the sideboards of existing and proposed laws and regulations.

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Nominees are likely to be State or Local Bar sections or committees focused on environmental, energy, and natural resources issues. Self-nominations will be accepted. Current Section Council members, officers, and ABA staff of the Section are not eligible for the award.

The deadline for nominations has passed.

The Section’s Special Committee on Annual Awards will review the nominations and make recommendations to the Section’s Council, which will then select the award recipient(s) no later than June 17, 2013. The award will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The recipient(s) must be present to receive the award. The Section reserves the right not to make the award if there are no suitable candidates.

1) Nomination Form – provide full name of sponsoring state or local bar organization, address, phone number, e-mail address and URL; provide full name(s) of program or project coordinators, address, phone number, and e-mail address; provide nominator name, address, firm/organization, phone number, and e-mail address

2) Background Information – provide name, date, location of program or project, budget overview, program URL, and total participation in the program or project including a description of the type of audience (bar members, government, students, etc.)

3) Nomination Narrative

  • Describe the program or project and identify the issues in the field of environmental, energy, or natural resources that are the focus;
  • Indicate if this was a new or existing program or project:
    • - If new, please describe the issues/situations that prompted the need for the program or project and indicate if the goals the
      nominee wished to accomplish were met and if the program or project will continue in future years.
    • - If existing, please indicate its inception and goals of the program or project. Please also describe if and how this program or
      project differed from previous years and what, if any, new and innovative ideas were implemented this year.
  • How did the nominee’s program or project contribute to a heightened awareness of environment, energy, or natural resources?
    Did the nominee’s program enhance or contribute to the goal of sustainability?
  • What is the likelihood that the program or project will continue into the future and/or contribute to lasting institutional change?
  • What was the overall participation, reaction and commitment of attendees to this program or project?
  • Describe the short and long-term benefits that this program or project provided to the attendees.

4) Supporting Material – supporting documents, flyers, program brochures, etc. from the program or project

5) Letters of Support – minimum of three letters of support from other individuals who attended the program or project, supervised the program or project, or can attest personally to the success of the program or project by which the candidate is nominated; and a summary of attendee evaluations if available, may be included

6) Nominator Statement – the nominator also must explain his or her familiarity with the nominee and the program or project in question.