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
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    • Environmental Law Section Meeting


      Friday, January 27, 2017 8:30 AM
      8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      Total MCLE Credits: 4.00 (Professional Practice 3.00, Ethics 1.00)

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017
      EPA Update – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
      Annual Business Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
      With Cocktail Reception to Follow
      Environmental Law Section Members and Guests
      Murray Hill East, 2nd Floor

      FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017
      CLE Program                                                                        
      8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                                             
      West Ballroom, 3rd Floor                                            

      Executive Committee Meeting
      2:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
      Regent Parlor Sutton Parlor, 2nd Floor

      Luncheon – 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
      Murray Hill Suite A & B, 2nd Floor

      Lawrence P. Schnapf, Esq., Schnapf LLC, New York City

      Marla E. Wieder, Esq.                                             
      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency        
      New York City                                                

      Barry R. Kogut, Esq.
      Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

      Ria Rana, Esq.
      Harris Beach, PLLC
      New York City     


      Total Credits: 3.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice; 1.0 credit in Ethics. This program will NOT qualify for  credit for newly-admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program.  

      8:30 –  8:45 a.m.           
      Opening Remarks
      Larwrence P. Schnapf, Esq., Section Chair

      8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
      Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Modernization:  It is here but how will it work? (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)

      Marla E. Wieder, Esq., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,  Region 2, New York City

      David BerolEsq., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, Pesticides & Toxic Substances Law Office, Washington, D.C.: An introduction to revised TSCA: What changed in the law and how is the first year of implementation proceeding?
      Michael Boucher, Esq., Dentons US LLP, Washington, D.C.: Private Party Perspective on TSCA Modernization: Preparing for Implementation
      Thomas R. Smith, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Syracuse, NY: What Does a Reformed TSCA Mean for Private Rights of Action Under State Law?

      9:45– 10:35 a.m.
      Legal Conundrums Presented by the Use of Pesticides in the Cultivation of Marijuana(co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Section Pesticides Committee) (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)

      Telisport Putsavage, Esq., EnviroReg LLC, Putsavage PLLC, Albany, NY

      Scott Menrath, Chief, Bureau of Pesticide Management, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY
      Robert Perlis, Esq., Office of General Counsel, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
      Keeley Peckham, Chief Horticultural Officer, Etain LLC [NYS Medical Marijuana Registered Organization], Chestertown, NY

      10:35 a.m.
      Coffee Break

      10:50– 11:40 a.m.
      Emergence of a Vibrant Animal Law Dynamic - Moving to Cooperative Co-Existence and Sustainability (co-sponsored by the Animal Law Committee, New York City Bar Association) (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)

      Lori Barrett, Esq., Chair, New York City Bar Association, Animal Law Committee

      Michael Dulong, Esq., Staff Attorney, Riverkeeper, Ossining, NY: CAFOs-Meeting the Clean Water Act Requirements  
      Elinor Molbegott, Esq., Law Office of Elinor Molbegott, East Williston, NY: The Intersection of New York's Animal Cruelty Law and the Environmental Conservation LawDavid Wolfson, Esq., Partner and Executive Director, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, New York City:  Farmed Animals and the Environment  

      11:40 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
      Ethical Social Media Use In 3 Easy Steps  (1.0 credit in Ethics)

      Ria Rana, Esq., Harris Beach, PLLC,  New York City

      Dan Lear, Esq., Director of Industry Relations, Avvo, Inc., Seattle, Washington

      12:30 p.m.– 2:00 p.m. 
      Luncheon – Murray Hill, 2nd Floor   To purchase a table at the luncheon, download luncheon table registration form.

      Keynote Speaker:
      Andrew Revkin, environmental journalist, blogger, teacher and activist is a senior reporter for climate and related issues at ProPublica.org. He joined the prize-winning public-interest newsroom after 21 years of writing for The New York Times, most recently through his Dot Earth blog for the Opinion section, and six years teaching at Pace University. He began writing on climate change in the 1980s and has never stopped. He has written acclaimed and award-winning books on global warming, the changing Arctic and the assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication. Revkin is among those credited with developing the idea that humans, through growing impacts on Earth’s climate and other critical systems, had created a “geological age of our own making,” known increasingly as the Anthropocene. As a result, he was a member of the "Anthropocene" Working Group from 2010 to 2016.

      2:15 –  4:30 p.m.
      Executive Committee Meeting - Regent Parlor, Sutton Parlor South, 2nd Floor


      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 4.0 credit hours (3.0 Areas of Professional Practice and 1 credit in Ethics). This program will NOT qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program.

      Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 13th, 2017. For more details, please contact Lori Nicoll in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or lnicoll@nysba.org.

      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. Room rates are $260.00 per night plus taxes for single and double occupancy.  Reservations must be made by Friday, December 16, 2016. You also can reserve your overnight room on the web at www.nysba.org/am17accomm.

      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.

    • Environmental Law Section Lunch

      12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      Murray Hill East, 2nd Floor

      To purchase a table at the luncheon download table reservation form.

    • January 26: 2017 EPA Update


      Thursday, January 26, 2017
      5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
      Murray Hill, 2nd Floor
      New York Hilton Midtown
      1335 Avenue of the Americas (Between 53rd and 54th)
      New York City

      The Annual EPA Update

      Please join us for an engaging and informative overview of EPA activities and legal developments in 2016 in the world of superfund, waste, water, air and climate change practice by the authors of the EPA Update article for The New York Environmental Lawyer, Marla Wieder, Mary McHale and Chris Saporita (with Joe Siegel, in spirit). The authors may even discuss transition issues and offer a glimpse into what lies ahead for the agency under the new administration. 

      The EPA Update will take place on Thursday, January 26th from 5:00-6;00pm. Following our Business Meeting and Awards at 6:00 p.m., there will be a Cocktail Reception with ELS members and guests. These events will take place in the Murray Hill East room, 2nd Floor of the Hilton..

      This program is sponsored by the EPA.  MCLE accreditation will be provided by the EPA.

  • 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).