May 01, 2012

Section Spotlight

Section activities at the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting

The ABA Annual Meeting is the premiere educational and networking forum for lawyers of all substantive practice areas to come together to discuss emerging trends and cross-cutting issues. The 2012 ABA Annual Meeting will be held in Chicago from Aug. 2–7, with Section activities being held from Aug. 3–5 at the Westin River North.

The Section will hold its Council meeting on Saturday, Aug. 4. At the Section’s Business Meeting on Sunday, Aug. 5, the Section’s Nominating Committee will present its slate for Section officers and Council members for the ABA year 2012–2013. The committee’s nominations are as follows: Vice Chair: Steven T. Miano, Philadelphia; Secretary: Sonya L. Baskerville, Washington, D.C.; Budget Officer: Channing J. Martin, Richmond, Virginia; Education Officer: Peter C. Wright, Midland, Michigan; Membership Officer: Pamela E. Barker, Appleton, Wisconsin; Publications Officer: Seth A. Davis, Rye, New York; Section Delegate: Lee A. DeHihns, III, Atlanta.; Council—Three-year Term, ending 2015: Jonathan W. Kahn, Toronto; Lyle Larson, Birmingham, Alabama; Karen Mignone, Boston; Rebecca Wright Pritchett, Birmingham, Alabama. Two-year Term, ending 2014: Tracy D. Hester, Houston; Roger R. Martella, Jr., Washington, D.C.; and James M. Stuhltrager, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Under the Section bylaws, Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Washington, D.C., will automatically become Section chair, and William L. Penny, Nashville, will automatically become Section chair-elect. Section members who are present at the Business Meeting on Sunday will vote to elect the nominees.

Following the election, attendees are invited to the ceremony and reception, where Section awards will be presented, including the Environment, Energy, and Resources Government Attorney of the Year Award, Law Student Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award, the State of Local Bar Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award, and the 2012 ABA Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy.

Best Papers

The Section recognized the following paper submissions as the “Best Papers,” prepared for the 30th Annual Water Law Conference, February 22–24, 2012, San Diego: Adequate and Appropriate Funding for a Modern Water Sector: Insights from California by Ellen Hanak, Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco, and for the 41st Annual Conference on Environmental Law, March 22–24, 2012, Salt Lake City: Moving Beyond Compliance: Using Ecosystem Services to Meet Legal Obligations by Margaret E. Peloso, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Washington, D.C. The authors were each presented with a certificate of recognition and a Section publication as a token of appreciation for their outstanding submissions. To read these submissions and Best Papers from past programs, visit

40th National Spring Conference on the Environment

On June 1, 2012, the Section presented Reframing the Conversation: Examining the Tension Between Environmental Regulation, Job Growth and the Economy at the University of Maryland. The conference addressed the current debate over the economic impact of environmental regulation in the United States. Featuring prominent federal, state, NGO, and private sector experts, speakers at this conference provided a wide-ranging discussion about the policy and reach of environmental regulation as this nation tries to recover from one of the most significant recessions in the last forty years.

To learn more about complimentary recordings of the conference presentations, visit For information about recordings of other Section events, visit, click on Section Calendar Archive, and look for items marked with a yellow shopping-cart.