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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  • Upcoming Events
    • April 2018 - Basics of Environmental Law

      Basics of Environmental Law 

      Thursday, April 12th -Buffalo
      Thursday, April 12th - NYC
      Thursday, April 19th - Albany and Webcast
      Thursday, April 19th - Long Island 

      9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. all locations

      7.0 MCLE Credits: 5.0 Professional Practice; 2.0 Skills


    • Environmental & Energy Law Section Legislative Forum & Luncheon - May 23

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      Environmental & Energy Law Section Legislative Forum and Luncheon - May 23 

      State Bar Center, Albany, NY 12207

      Further information will be available soon!

    • Oil Spill Symposium - June 8, 2018

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      Environmental and Energy Law Section Oil Spill Symposium - Friday, June 8, 2018

      State Bar Center, Albany, NY 12207

      Further information to follow shortly.

    • 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. 

    • 2019 Annual Meeting


      Join nearly 5,000 members of the New York State Bar Association from around the state and beyond at the Annual Meeting, sharing insights and experiences. Take advantage of the excellent schedule of events presented by the Association’s sections and committees, network at the member receptions and make connections with the exciting array of exhibitors.  


      Starts: January 14, 2019 
      Ends: January 19, 2019 


      1335 Avenue of the Americas 
      New York, NY 10019   



  • Blog


    The Environmental and Energy Law Section of the New York State Bar Association has a new section blog on our online community. It is intended to provide timely notice of legal events affecting environmental lawyers in the public and private sectors, environmental organizations, and academia. These legal events include recent cases, new regulations, new government policies, and general news of interest on the environmental front. Section members are welcome to contribute. View our blogging policy here.

    To view the archives of our former blog posts called “Envirosphere” from February 2009-August 2016, 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).