John C. Cruden has become president of the Foundation of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACEL). Cruden is past president of the ACEL. He is a principal at Beveridge & Diamond, where he counsels clients on strategic high-stakes litigation, civil and criminal enforcement, and compliance matters. Cruden has decades of experience as one of the nation’s top government environmental and natural resource lawyers and as a leader of several major environmental bar organizations. He served as an assistant attorney general of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2014 to 2017. He was the president of the Environmental Law Institute from 2011 to 2014, after having served with the Justice Department from 1991 to 2011. Cruden was chair of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources in 2009–2010.
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