July 01, 2012

Section Spotlight

2012 Fellowships in Environmental Law

The Section’s Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Law program is designed to encourage disadvantaged or traditionally underrepresented law students to study and pursue careers in environmental, energy, and resources law.

We are pleased to recognize the students who will participate in the program during the summer of 2012. California: Irene Burga (Boston University School of Law), Dan Griffiths (University of California Davis School of Law), Kendall Holbrook (University of San Diego School of Law); District of Columbia: Rachel Cook (University of Washington, School of Law), Jessica Kabaz-Gomez (George Washington University Law School); Florida: Andrew A. Popp (Stetson University College of Law), Wendi Whipkey (Florida Coastal School of Law); New York: Sanjeevani “Sunny” Joshi (Albany Law School), Rosemary Spring Ortiona (Hofstra University School of Law); North Carolina: Jaye Cole (Elon University School of Law), Anica Angeline Nicholson (North Carolina Central University School of Law); Puerto Rico: Michelle Alvarado-Lebron (University of Puerto Rico Law School); and Rhode Island: Chloe A. Davis (Roger Williams University School of Law).

Section embraces social media

Throughout the past year, Section leaders have worked together to develop ideas and recommendations regarding the Section’s engagement of social media networks. Social media networks facilitate communication on a variety of different internet portals. Examples of these media include Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. These companies have created platforms where millions of networked people, groups, companies, and other stakeholders share information, communicate, and advertise. For a professional organization such as the Section, using these sites to relay information and interact with existing members and to entice new members can be a very successful strategy.

According to the Section’s Strategic Plan, the Section “strives to be the premier forum for environmental, energy, and resources lawyers; a meeting place where they can find the most current and sophisticated analyses of the complicated environmental, energy, and resource problems facing the United States and the world.” Similarly, we aspire to use “all appropriate forms of communications . . . to disseminate information to members and encourage collaboration among members.” We want to provide a forum wherein members “can learn, teach, and contribute to solving” environmental problems.

After surveying Section members’ and leaders’ needs and interests, a social media implementation strategy was developed and presented to Section Council for approval in February. Then, a social media policy was approved by Council in April. The plan calls for the Section to use: LinkedIn as a Section-wide discussion forum on hot-topics and questions the Section wishes to pose to its members; Facebook to show members and non-members what the Section is, does, and provides; and Twitter to promote Section news, events, and much more.

Social media networks are important tools for organizations like our Section. Sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter can allow a new level of member-interaction that augments traditional forms of communication such as newsletters, conferences, and email discussions. Young lawyers and law students regularly make use of these sites for both professional and personal development, so Section presence is important for both recruitment and retention efforts. For all lawyers, these sites provide a quick and easy way to see and share breaking new stories as well as participate in online discussions regarding Section programs and announcements.We welcome you to join us in our new social networks.

Follow the Section and NR&E on Twitter! @ABAEnvLaw and @NREMag.

Join the discussions on LinkedIn! 

Stay tuned for our new Facebook page!