Environmental & Energy Law Section

  • Welcome to the Environmental Law Section
    Welcome to the Environmental & Energy 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 & Energy Law Section Annual Meeting Program January 26
  • Upcoming Events
    • January 26, 2018: Annual Meeting and Luncheon

      THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018
      Executive Committee Luncheon Meeting 
      – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Murray Hill West
      Agency Update – 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Murray Hill East
      Committee Meetings – 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Murray Hill West
      Annual Business Meeting and Awards – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Murray Hill East
      Cocktail Reception – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Murray Hill East and West

      FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018
      CLE Program                                                               NEW!  Off-site
       Luncheon NEW!
      8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                                                 1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   
      Murray Hill East & West, 2nd Floor                             Mastro’s Restaurant
                                                                                           1295 Avenue of the Americas      

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here. 

      Kevin M. Bernstein, Esq.
      Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

      Kathleen M. Bennett, Esq.                        
      Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC          

      Amy K. Kendall, Esq.
      Knauf Shaw, LLP

      More information on the MCLE program coming soon!

      Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities:  NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Lori Nicoll at 518-487-5563.

      For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. The rate will be based on room selection (single/double occupancy) and arrival/departure dates with additional taxes and hotel fees. The discounted rate for January 21st and January 22nd is $179 per night. The discounted rate for January 23rd through January 28th is $229 per night. A rate of $209 will be offered to those with overlapping dates. Reservations must be made before December 15, 2017 by calling the New York Hilton Midtown directly at 800-445-8667 or online at www.nysba.org/am18accomm.

      For questions about this specific program, please contact Lori Nicoll at 518-487-5563. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993.


    • Fall: October 19-21, 2018 Emerson Resort & Spa, Mt. Tremper, NY


      The Emerson Resort and Spa is a hidden treasure located a mere two hours from Manhattan. Designed with the splendor of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley in mind, open spaces and oversized windows expose stunning views and bring the beauty of the outside in. Enjoy spacious accommodations in the contemporary Inn or Adirondack-style Lodge, restorative treatments at our luxury spa, “Catskill Creative Cooking” in our Woodnotes Grille restaurant, shopping in the Country Stores and the not-to-be-missed World’s Largest Kaleidoscope. Hiking, biking, tubing, fishing and outdoor concerts are just a few of the numerous nearby activities. Or, explore the eclectic and historical towns of Phoenicia, Woodstock and Saugerties. 

      Join your colleagues next year at this family-friendly resort to earn some CLE credits, network and enjoy the beautiful Catskills in the Fall. 

  • Envirosphere- Blog

    About Envirosphere

    Welcome to Envirosphere, the blog created and managed by the Environmental & Energy 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.

    It 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 and Energy 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).