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
    • Redeveloping Gas Station Sites in New York

      Redeveloping Gas Stations and Other Petroleum Contaminated Sites in New York: What, Me Worry?  

      Wednesday, September 21, 2016

      1:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
      Herrick Feinstein, LLP
      Two Park Avenue
      New York, NY

      Register Online
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      Program and Speakers:
      Agency Keynotes: Environmental Zoning, Redevelopment & Beyond:
       (1:30 PM - 2:00 PM)
      Moderator: Mitch Korbey, Partner and Chair of the firm's Land Use & Zoning Group, Herrick, Feinstein LLP, NYC
      Olga Abinader, Deputy Director, Environmental Assessment & Review Division, NYC Department of City Planning, NYC
      Mark McIntrye, Esq., General Counsel, New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation, OER, NYC

      Gas Station Due Diligence: (2:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
      Moderator: Seth Friedland, Counsel, Herrick, Feinstein LLP, NYC 
      Rich Levato, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Site Restoration, NYC

      Spill Liens / Oil Spill Fund / Brownfields Program: (2:30 PM - 3:00 PM)
      New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Speaker TBD, OER
      Lawrence Schnapf, Chair, New York State Bar Association's Environmental Law Section and Principal, Schnapf, LLC, NYC

      Tax Analysis of Brownfield Program: (3:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
      Phil Bousquet, Founding Member, Bousquet Holstein, PLLC, Syracuse

      Developers' Case Study: 300 Lafayatte: (3:30 PM - 4:15 
      Moderator: Seth Friedland, Counsel, Herrick Feinstein LLP, NYC
      Avi Kollenscher, Senior Vice President, Related Companies, NYC
      Marcello Porcelli, Chief Executive Officer, LargaVista Companies

      Financial and Environmental Insurance Issues:(4:15 PM - 4:35 PM)
      Howard Tollin, President, Environmental Services, Sterling Risk Insurance, Woodbury

       Lending and Financing: (4:35 PM - 5:00 PM)
      Speakers TBA

      Reception:(5:00 PM - 6:30 PM)

    • October 14-16 Fall Meeting


      Special pricing for Friday MCLE Transitional Program is only $75

      Program is from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
      Topics to include:
      - Basic Environmental Issue Spotting
      - Responding to the Environmental Criminal Search Warrant and Beyond
      - The Attorney's Role During and After the Execution of a Criminal Environmental
        Search Warrant: Avoiding Conflicts and Preserving Client Confidences

      Register Online or Download Meeting Registration Form.

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      Registration Fees for Whole Weekend:
      Attorney Member Fee:  $235.00
      Non-NYSBA member fee: $335.00

      Book your hotel accommodations
      Call the Otesaga Resort directly at 866-494-0085 and identify yourself as a New York State Bar Association member or email reservation1@otesaga.com and reference the OnlineGroup Code 1673662 to receive the preferred rate of $320.50 per night for one adult or $416.00 per night for two adults plus applicable taxes. These rates include daily dinner and breakfast. The hotel cut-off date is August 30th.  Availability of rooms is not guaranteed up to the cut-off date.  

      For more information, please contact Lori Nicoll at (518) 487-5563 email lnicoll@nysba.org

  • 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).