Charles Franklin has joined the Portland Cement Association as Vice President and Counsel, Governmental Affairs, in Washington, D.C. Franklin was formerly with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, also in Washington, D.C. He advises and represents the Portland Cement industry on regulatory and legislative policy issues. Franklin is currently co-chair of the Section’s Special Committee on Congressional Relations and is a former chair of the Section’s Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-To-Know Committee. He contributes regularly to Section publications and programs.
Emerson Hilton, formerly of Riddell Williams and Beveridge & Diamond in Seattle, has joined Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP as an associate. Hilton’s practice focuses on environmental law, climate change, and clean energy. He has represented nonprofit environmental organizations, community groups, municipalities, Native American tribes, and others in a wide range of litigation. He currently serves the Section as co-chair of the Special Committee for Law Students.
Joel Visser has joined Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, as Counsel, Environmental Health and Safety. Visser was previously with Sidley & Austin LLP in Washington, D.C. His article “International and Domestic Regulation of GHG Emissions from Aircraft” was published in the Section’s Trends newsletter in its March/April 2017 issue. Visser currently serves as co-chair of the Section’s Special Committee for Section, Division, and Forum Coordination.