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.
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    Environmental Law Section Annual Meeting Program - January 27, 2017
  • Upcoming Events
    • October 14-16 Fall Meeting


      Special pricing for Friday MCLE Transitional Program is only $75

      Program is from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
      Topics to include:
      - Basic Environmental Issue Spotting
      - Responding to the Environmental Criminal Search Warrant and Beyond
      - The Attorney's Role During and After the Execution of a Criminal Environmental
        Search Warrant: Avoiding Conflicts and Preserving Client Confidences

      Register Online or Download Meeting Registration Form.

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      Registration Fees for Whole Weekend:
      Attorney Member Fee:  $235.00
      Non-NYSBA member fee: $335.00

      Book your hotel accommodations
      Call the Otesaga Resort directly at 866-494-0085 and identify yourself as a New York State Bar Association member or email reservation1@otesaga.com and reference the OnlineGroup Code 1673662 to receive the preferred rate of $320.50 per night for one adult or $416.00 per night for two adults plus applicable taxes. These rates include daily dinner and breakfast. The hotel cut-off date is August 30th.  Availability of rooms is not guaranteed up to the cut-off date.  

      For more information, please contact Lori Nicoll at (518) 487-5563 email lnicoll@nysba.org

    • Update on Hazardous Waste and Site Remediation

      Update on Hazardous Waste and Site Remediation

      November 15, 2016
      State Bar Center
      Albany, New York 12207

      10:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

      (Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.) 

      This program will provide comprehensive updates on a wide variety of hazardous waste and site remediation issues, on both the federal and state level.  The morning panels will focus on key issues in federal Superfund jurisprudence (including arranger liability, divisibility, statutes of limitation, 106 vs. 107 actions and US EPA vs. state settlements); and under state hazardous waste statutes (including Title 13 revisions, soil vapor and the revisions to the brownfields program).   

      The lunch speaker, Christopher Goeken, the Director of Public Policy & Government Relations for the New York League of Conservation Voters, will discuss the impact of the 2016 elections on federal and state environmental agendas. 

      The afternoon  panel discussion will inlclude attorneys and experienced technical professionals, exploring the emerging issue of PFOA in drinking water.  The program will close with a session on the challenging issue of conflicts of interest at Superfund sites. 

      The program will provide 3.5 continuing legal education credit hours, consistinng of 3.0 credit hours in professional practice and .5 cedit hours in ethics. 

      Topics include:
      CERCLA Update
      NYS DEC Update
      PFOA in Municipal and Individual Water Supplies


  • 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.

    To receive your issue of The New York Environmental Lawyer in an electronic format only, send an email to NYSBA's Member Resource Center at mrc@nysba.org.

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  • Online Community

    We are pleased to announce the launch of an Internet-based private online professional Community for the Environmental Law Section. We invite you to participate. Members of our Section run the gamut from law students and newly admitted attorneys who are just finding their way all the way to national and international experts in many categories of environmental law. We want all of you to share your experiences and your knowledge while also being free to ask questions of others in the Section and participating in the intellectual discourse we hope to generate. 

    Enter here. (Member log-in required).