November 29, 2011

About Us

About Us

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education is 501(c)(3) charitable fund that support the public service and educational programs of the American Bar Association.

In August 2011, by action of the ABA House of Delegates, the Standing Committee was sunset and merged into the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, becoming the ABA/SEER Task Force on Policy and Coordination.

The Standing Committee focused on examining emerging issues of combined law and policy; development of ABA policy positions; and facilitation of communication and coordination among dozens of ABA environmental law and program committees. Committee members, environmental lawyers from around the country, included leading law scholars, private practitioners, federal and state government lawyers, and lawyers working in the public interest. Members served a three-year term. In addition, twelve ABA Sections and Divisions appointed liaisons to work with the committee. Liaisons communicated between their respective entities and the committee, and have opportunities equal to members to engage in committee policy making, programming, publishing, and other initiatives.

The Standing Committee on Environmental Law was established in 1975 as the field of environmental law began to develop. The committee’s unique mandate encompassed programming, policy development, and ABA communications. To this end, the committee organized professional conferences in the U.S. annually and every few years abroad, as well as webinars, focused on emerging issues in environmental law and policy. Programs offered Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit and were interdisciplinary. International programs collaborated with foreign law societies, law firms, law schools, government agencies, and public interest organizations. Working with other interested ABA groups, the committee developed ABA policy positions on cutting-edge environmental matters including sustainable development, environmental justice, environmental management systems, and oceans management and conservation, among other areas of attention. The committee also worked throughout the year to provide the ABA’s many environmental law groups with information about their colleagues’ activities. Initiatives in this area included an annual coordinating forum at the ABA Annual Meeting and coordinating calls during the year, a Guide to ABA Annual Meeting Environmental Law Activities, a Directory of ABA Environmental Law and CLE Chairs and Staff, and regular Activity Updates to ABA environmental lawyer members. The Task Force will continue this important Association work, expanding to facilitate coordination and collaboration among ABA energy and resources law groups.

Co-Chairs:
James W. Harbell
Stephen J. Humes
Board of Governors Liaison: Joseph J. Roszkowski
Staff: Elissa C. Lichtenstein

CHAIRS OF THE ABA STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

1973 – 2011
(Special Committee)
Hon. J. Thomas Greene (1973-75)
Salt Lake City, UT

(Standing Committee)
William W. Falsgraf (1976-78)
Cleveland, OH

Carroll L. Gilliam (1978-1981)
(deceased)

Frederick R. Anderson (1981-83)
Washington, DC

Turner T. Smith, Jr. (1983-85)
Washington, DC

William H. Coldiron (1985-88)
(deceased)

Nicholas C. Yost (1988-91)
San Francisco, CA

Dinah Bear (1991-93)
Washington, DC

David S. Baker (1993-96)
Atlanta, GA

Ambassador John O’Leary (1996-97)
(deceased)

Sheila Slocum Hollis (1997-2000)
Washington, DC

Robert L. Rhodes, Jr. (2000-2001)
Atlanta, GA

Meghan H. Magruder (2001- 2003)
Atlanta, GA

Robert L. Falk (2003 - 2004)
San Francisco, CA

R. Kinnan Golemon (2004 - 2007)
Austin, TX

Howard Kenison (2007 - 2009)
Denver, CO

Edith Brown Weiss (2009-2011)
Washington, DC