July 11, 2012


The ABA Fund for Justice and Education

Resources we offer include a listserv for ABA members, a guide to ABA Annual Meeting activities, a Directory of ABA contacts, policy positions adopted by the ABA House of Delegates, a Sustainable Law Office web site, and information about environmental law programs, publishing and other initiatives.

Update: The 2011-2012 Directory of ABA Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law and CLE Chairs and Staff is now available! Download it here.

A core function of the Task Force is to facilitate communication and coordination on environmental law, energy law, and resources law activities throughout the American Bar Association. To serve this purpose, among the tools the Task Force employs are two special guides, one helping members network on planned and desired initiatives and the other helping members plan their Annual Meeting schedules.

Each Fall, the Task Force will produce a Directory of ABA Environmental Law and CLE Chairs and Staff. This unique resource lists all chairs and staff of the ABA’s many dozens of environmental law, energy law, resources law and CLE committees and is an important tool that ABA committees and their members can use to network on planned and desired initiatives.

Each Summer, the Task Force will produce a Guide to ABA Annual Meeting Environmental Law Programs. The Guide is the only comprehensive source of information setting forth all environmental law, energy law, and resources law related meetings, programs and planned policy proposals for the ABA Annual Meeting.

Another core function of the Task Force is to examine and address emerging issues in environmental, energy and resources law and policy. Over the years, the ABA has developed a number of policy positions expressing views and promoting actions intended to preserve the natural environment and the Earth's resources.

Among the Task Force's initiatives is a focus on sustainable development, or the use and management of natural resources to meet current human needs while preserving resources for future generations. The Committee has developed the ABA’s policy position on sustainable development and also offers an online guide setting forth best practices for resource conservation and waste reduction as well as energy efficiency; common myths that have unnecessarily deterred action in sustainable law office management; and resources and links for further information and inspiration.

The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Task Force on Policy and Coordination is pleased to issue a "Call for Nominations" for the 2012 ABA Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy. An award will be considered for one individual and one organization. Both honorees will be recognized at a ceremony and reception at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois in August 2012. Nominations are due in the ABA Washington Office by Friday, March 30, 2012. The Awards review committee will evaluate submissions in the Spring, with a final decision in June 2012. We hope that many of you will nominate deserving candidates, and we look forward to hearing from you.
The 2012 nomination period has closed.

Other Section Awards
The Section of Environment, Energy, and resources offers several additional annual awards. Please visit SEER's website for more information.

The Task Force tracks environmental law, energy law, and resources law programming, policy development, and publishing throughout the ABA.