December 20, 2019

People on the Move

James R. Arnold

Shelly Geppert has joined the Department of Professional Standards in Perkins Coie’s Chicago office, from Eimer Stahl also in Chicago, where she was of counsel. At her prior law firm, Geppert practiced civil litigation with a focus on environmental, products liability, and toxic tort matters. She has been active in the Section, serving for several years as co-chair of the Section’s Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee. She organized and co-chaired podcasts for the committee. Geppert served as vice chair of the Section’s 26th Fall Conference in San Diego and chaired the Section’s 27th Fall Conference held in Boston in September 2019. She is currently The Year in Review vice chair of the Special Committee on Ethics and the Profession.  

Mary Ellen Ternes has been elected president-elect of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL), to serve as president in 2020. Ternes is a partner with Earth & Water Law, LLC, in its Oklahoma City office. An ACOEL fellow since 2008, she previously served ACOEL as secretary and chaired strategic planning efforts as well as substantive committees. Ternes chaired the Environmental Committee of the ABA Business Law Section from 2017–2019 and is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, where she currently serves on the Public Affairs and Information Committee and the Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy editorial board. She is a long-serving leader in the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, serving on Council as well as chairing the Special Committee on The Year in Review; the Air Quality, Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems, and Ethics Committees; and the Annual Conference on Environmental Law. Ternes continues today as a member of the Natural Resources & Environment editorial board. 

James R. Arnold

Jim Arnold is the principal in The Arnold Law Practice in San Francisco. He is a past Section secretary, Council member, and chair of the Sponsorships Committee, the Superfund and Hazardous Waste Committee, co-chair of the 1999 Section Fall Meeting, and chair of the Hard Minerals Committee, and is a contributing editor to Trends. Information about Section members’ moves and activities can be sent to Jim’s attention, care of