January 06, 2021

Perspectives: The Three “Cs” of SEER: Civility, Culture, and Creativity

William L. Penny

The practice of environmental, energy, and resource law has changed significantly since I began my legal career in 1981, but some of the hallmarks remain the same. At the first ABA SEER event I attended, ozone-depleting substances and acid rain regulation were on the agenda, but climate change and environmental justice were still far on the horizon. Renewable energy was in its infancy, and coal-fired power plants were still being constructed across the country. However, civility, culture, and creativity (the three “Cs”) have always been a constant at SEER. I fondly recall the Annual Conference on Environmental Law (now the Spring Conference) in Keystone, Colorado. Most of the attendees wore ski clothes to the morning session, and appointments were made at the summit restaurant for lunch. The memories of friendships made and stories told during that time have lasted through many years.

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