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
    • April 13: RCRA Update

      EPA and NYSDEC RCRA Update

      April 13, 2017

      Register online today!

      New York State Bar Center
      One Elk Street
      Albany, New York 12207

       Program Chairs:          
      Barry R. Kogut,Esq.,  Bond Schoeneck and King 
      Lawrence P. Schnapf, Esq., Principal, Schnapf LLC 


      1:00-1:10        Introduction 

      1:10 – 2:00      EPA Regulatory and Enforcement Update 

       Discussion will cover the generator improvement rule, some changes in solid waste definition relating to legitimate recycling and RCRA brownfield redevelopment initiatives (e.g., parceling ) and other hot topics in RCRA enforcement.

       Peter Raack,  EPA Attorney Advisor

       2:00 -2:50           DEC Regulatory Update                 

      Panel will discuss recent and upcoming revisions to NYSDEC RCRA regulations, initiaties involving  solvent-contaminated wipes,  pharmacies and other Retail Facilities and interplay of the contained-in determination rule with brownfield cleanups

      Thomas Killeen- Chief RCRA Permitting Section

      Benjamin Conlon, Esq. - Associate Attorney/Bureau Chief

      2:50-3:10        Break

      3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.    DEC Enforcement Update

      Discussion will discuss NYSDEC enforcement procedures including compliance and Inspections permitting, corrective action, generator closure obligations for purchasers, financial assurance requirements and some RCRA war stories.  

      Ben Conlon, Esq. - Associate Attorney/Bureau Chief 


      $85.00 - Section members and webcast participants

      $100.00 - non attorneys

      $175.00 - non member attorneys

      Register online today!

      For further information, contact Lisa Bataille 
      (518) 487-5680

      Register online today!

    • May 3: Environmental Law Section Legislative Forum and Luncheon


      Save the Date

      Wednesday, May 3, 2017- State Bar Center, Albany

      10:00 am – 2:00 pm State Bar Center, Albany

      Additional details will be coming soon.

    • June 2017: Toxic Tort Litigation

      Toxic Tort Litigation

      Click the dates below for additional information and/or to register online.

      Friday, June 2, 2017
      9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | 0EQ01
      New York State Bar Association
      1 Elk Street | Albany, NY | 12207

      Friday, June 2, 2017
      9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | 0EQ03
      Melville Marriott
      1350 Walt Whitman Road | Melville, L.I., NY | 11747

      Friday, June 9, 2017
      9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | 0EQ02
      Hyatt Place Buffalo
      5020 Main Street| Amherst, NY | 14226

      Friday, June 9, 2017 (WEBCAST)
      9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | 0EQ04
      New York Society of Security Analysts
      1540 Broadway | New York, NY | 10036

      Program Co-Sponsors
      Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
      Committee on Continuing Legal Education
      Environmental Law Section

    • June 8: Annual Oil Spill Symposium Save the Date

      8th Annual Oil Spill Symposium

      State Bar Center
      One Elk Street | Albany, NY

      Details will be forthcoming.

    • October 20-22: Save the Date - Envi Fall Meeting, Saratoga Springs, NY

      Environmental Law Section Fall Meeting

      October 20-22, 2017
      Embassy Suites | Saratoga Springs, NY

      Look for information in the coming months!

  • 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).