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
    • Emerging Issues in Environmental Insurance

      EMERGING ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL INSURANCE Friday, October 28, 2016 9 00 a.m. 1 00 p.m. (Live and Webcast) Latham & Watkins LLP 885 Third Avenue New York, NY 10022 Not Able to Attend in Person? A Live Webcast Option is

    • Update on Hazardous Waste and Site Remediation

      Update on Hazardous Waste and Site Remediation Issues

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

      Webcast Option Available


      10:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m .(Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.) 
      The program will provide 3.5 continuing legal education credit hours, consisting of 3.0 credit hours in Professional ractice and .5 credit hours in Ethics. 

      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 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. 

      Program Agenda: 
      10:00 a.m. Introductions-Program Co-Chairs: 
      David J. Freeman, Esq., Gibbons P.C., NYC
      Amy L. Reichhart, Esq., Nixon Peabody LLP, Rochester

      10:15 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. - CERCLA UPDATE
      a. Arranger Liability
      b. Divisibility
      c. Statutes of Limitation
      d. 106 vs. 107 Actions
      EPA vs. State Settlements
      Speakers: Marla Wieder, Esq. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NYC
      Camille Otero, Esq. Gibbons, PC., NYC
      Moderator: Matthew J. Sinkman, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Environmental Protection Bureau, New York City

      11:05 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. coffee break

      11:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.- NYSDEC UPDATE
      a. Title 13 Revisions
      b. Soil Vapor
      c. Brownfields Program
      Speakers: Andrew Guglielmi, Esq., Section A. Chief, Remediation Bureau, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany
      Steven C. Russo, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, LLP, NYC
      Moderator: Melody Scalfone Westfall, Esq., Scalfone Law PLLC, Syracuse

      12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
      The Impact of the 2016 Elections on Federal and State Environmental Agendas
      Speaker: Christopher Goeken, Executive Director, New York State Association of Public Broadcasting Stations
      (Formerly Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, New York League of Conservation Voters)

      2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - PFOA in Municipal and Individual Water Supplies
      What are the issues, and what are the implications for New York environmental Law and enforcement priorities? 
      Speakers: Scott N. Fein, Esq., Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, LLP, Albany
      Michael Eberle, TRC Solutions, Philadelphia, PA
      Moderator: Amy Kendall, Esq., Knauf Shaw LLP, Rochester

      2:50 p.m. -3:15 p.m. Ethics
      Speaker: E. Gail Suchman, Esq., Stroock, Stroock & Lavan, NYC

      3:15 p.m. Q & A/Conclusion

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  • 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. 

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