Environmental Law Section

  • Welcome to the Environmental Law Section
    Welcome to the Environmental Law Section The purpose of this Section is to bring together members of the New York State Bar Association who are interested in environmental law for furtherance of the public interest in an effective and fair legal framework for protection of the human and natural environment.
  • Upcoming Events
    • Environmental Law Section Annual Meeting: Friday, January 30, 2015

      Friday, January 30, 2015
      Meeting 8:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
      12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 4 MCLE credits which consist of 3.5 credits in Professional Practice and .5 credit in Ethics.  This program is NOT a transitional program and does not qualify for newly admitted attorneys.

      Topics will be: 1. Addressing some of the common regulatory issues encountered in developments in New York’s coastal zone. These include tidal wetlands and coastal erosion hazard area regulations, storm water regulation and brownfields issues associated with the state’s industrial waterfront history. We will also address topics that are becoming increasingly important in light of climate change—driven sea level rise, including changes to the FEMA Flood Risk Insurance Maps, changes to municipal building codes, and new state legislation that will require state agencies to consider future physical climate risks caused by storm surges, sea level rise or flooding in certain permitting, funding and regulatory decisions.

      2. Toxic tort liability at contaminated sites, which can often rival cleanup costs in significance, but liability releases from DEC do not cover common law claims for bodily injury or property damage. This panel will focus on recent court decisions in toxic tort cases and explore the implications of these rulings on seminal issues, including what/when statute of limitations are triggered, the application of CPLR 214-c and Daubert issues.

      3. Ethics Potpourri (1/2 credit).

      The Environmental Law Section suggests the Herb N’ Chicken deli and coffee bar for your breakfast and snack needs during the Annual Meeting.  It is located on the Lobby Level of the Hilton.   Only coffee, tea and soft drinks will be provided at the Section Meeting. 

      Hilton’s new concept restaurant, Herb N’ Kitchen, features seasonal salads, artisanal sandwiches and brick oven pizzas. A barista zone offers specialty coffees to enjoy either in the restaurant or on the go. Breakfast buffet served daily from 6:30AM to 11:00AM (last seating 11:00AM). Coffee and light fare items available to take away from 6:00AM to 1:00AM.

      Register Online Now!   Or download Annual Meeting Registration Form and return with your payment by faxing to 518.463.5993

      Program Agenda            

      To reserve a table at the luncheon download Luncheon Table Reservation Form and return to Lori Nicoll with your payment by faxing to 518.463.5993.

    • Save the Date - 2015 Fall Meeting

      Environmental Law Section
      Fall Meeting
      October 2 - 4, 2015 
      Gideon Putnam Resort
      Saratoga Springs, NY

      Mark your calendars to save this date.  More details coming soon!

  • Envirosphere- Blog

    About Envirosphere

    Welcome to Envirosphere, the blog created and managed by the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. The Section’s membership is extremely varied, as it includes attorneys from the public and private sectors, environmental organizations, and academia.

    Envirosphere is intended to provide timely notice of legal events affecting environmental lawyers from all of these varied sectors. These legal events include recent cases, new regulations, new government policies, and general news of interest on the environmental front.

    To view Envirosphere, click here.

  • NY Environmental Lawyer


    The New York Environmental Lawyer features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of environmental law on various topics, including climate change, brownsfields, pollution, air quality, wetlands and superfunds. Regular columns include  recent administrative and judicial cases, ethics issues, EPA and DEC updates and Section news. The New York Environmental Lawyer is published by the Environmental Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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