January 01, 2012

Section Spotlight

Trends now in new electronic format

The Section is excited to announce that Trends can be found in a new electronic format on the Section’s website at www.ambar.org/EnvironTrends. Beginning with the November/December 2011 issue, individual articles will be posted in html format and will contain hyperlinks to important cases and other resources cited in the articles.

When a new issue becomes available online, Section members will be sent an e-mail announcement. Open that announcement and the latest issue of Trends will be available on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Please note that to receive these announcements, the ABA will need to have your current e-mail address. To update your contact information in your member record visit www.americanbar.org and click on “myABA”—or call the ABA Member Service Center at (800) 285–2221.

Beginning with the September/October 2012 issue, Trends will be made available to Section members exclusively in electronic format. There are plans for continued optimization of the Trends electronic format to better serve Section members.

The Section is also developing enhanced electronic formats for Natural Resources & Environment and The Year in Review.


Call for nominations

The Section invites nominations for the following awards that will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, in August 2012.

Environment, Energy, and Resources Government Attorney of the Year—exceptional achievement by a federal, state, tribal, or local government attorney who has worked or is working in the field of environmental, energy, or natural resources and is esteemed by his/her peers and viewed as having consistently achieved distinction in an exemplary way.

Law Student Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year—best student-organized educational program or public service project of the year focusing on issues in the field of environmental, energy, or natural resources law.

State or Local Bar Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year—best CLE program or public service project of the year focused on issues in the field of environmental, energy, or natural resources law.

Nominations for these three awards are due by May 14, 2012.

Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy—recognizes individuals or organizations and programs who have distinguished themselves in environmental law and policy, contributing significant leadership in improving the substance, process, or understanding of environmental protection and sustainable development. Nominations for this award are due by March 30, 2012.

Additionally, the Section seeks nominations by June 18, 2012, for the 2012 ABA Award for Excellence in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Stewardship. This award recognizes and honors the accomplishments of a person, organization, or group that has distinguished itself in environmental, energy, and resources stewardship. This award will be presented at the 20th Section Fall Meeting in Austin, Texas, October 10–13, 2012.

The Section reserves the right not to make the award if there are no suitable candidates.

For more details about these awards and where to send your nominations, please visit the Section website at www.ambar.org/EnvironAwards.


Energy Law Student Writing Competition

The Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee and the Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance Committee are pleased to announce the 2011–2012 Energy Law Student Writing Competition. Any student enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States during 2011–2012 is eligible to submit an entry on issues addressing: Are past legal constructs for the development of alternative energy resources effective prologues, or should alternative energy deployment (including renewables) or climate change issues be addressed through sui generis rules?

Submissions are due by March 1, 2012. Winning entries will be published in a special joint committee newsletter to be distributed in June 2012. For more details, please visit www.ambar.org/EnvironLawStudents.