March 01, 2015

People on the Move

James R. Arnold

Shawna Bligh recently joined Evans & Dixon, LLC in St. Louis. Bligh had previously been with BW Law Group, LLC, in Kansas City, Missouri.


John Cruden was sworn in on January 5, 2015 as the assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Cruden was most recently president of the Environmental Law Institute and was a long-serving deputy assistant attorney general in the ENR Division while serving as chair of the Section, 2009–2010.

Robyn Hanson, a trial attorney with the Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, recently relocated from Washington, D.C. to the division’s regional office in Denver. Hanson is a member of the editorial board of Trends, the Section’s newsletter.

Ramsey Kropf has been appointed deputy solicitor for Water at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. Kropf was previously with Patrick, Miller, Kropf & Noto in Aspen, Colorado.

Lisa Jones became the deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice (ENRD) in November 2014. Jones was most recently counsel with Sidley Austin LLP. Her earlier career was with the Appellate Section of ENRD, serving as Assistant Chief, Appellate Section, ENRD for six years. Jones serves on the editorial board of Trends.

William L. Penny has joined Burr & Forman in Nashville. Penny was formerly with Stites & Harbison in Nashville. Penny is the immediate past Section chair, 2013–2014, and is the current chair of the Section’s nominating committee. He has more than 30 years’ experience in environmental law. Penny’s practice concentrates on environmental law, including NEPA, Endangered Species Act, water quality and stormwater issues, air pollution, RCRA, CERCLA, SMCRA, Brownfields redevelopment, water law, and low level radioactive waste and environmental litigation.

Lauran M. Sturm has become a partner at Waller Landsden Dortch & Davis, LLP, in Nashville.  Sturm is a member of the Section’s Publications Service Group and chair for committee newsletters. She is also a Programs vice chair of the Air Quality Committee and a vice chair of the Special Committee on Section, Division, and Forum Coordination. 

James R. Arnold


Jim Arnold is the principal in The Arnold Law Practice in San Francisco and is a contributing editor to Trends. Information about Section members’ moves and activities can be sent to Jim’s attention in care of