40th Annual Conference on Environmental Law! Conference scholarship opportunity for law students! Application deadline Feb.8th!

The ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resource conferences are always a great place for law students to meet and network with today's environmental practitioners and policy leaders.

Law students interested in a conference scholarship for the upcoming 40th Annual Conference on Environmental Law (Salt Lake City, UT) please read below. You may be eligible to attend the conference for FREE!

Student Membership to the Environmental Law Institute are now FREE!

Law students now have FREE ACCESS to FULL student membership benefits with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). 

ELI benefits include:
  • An online subscription to our award-winning policy magazine The Environmental Forum, a unique magazine offering cutting edge analysis by expert authors drawn from all sectors of the environmental debate
  • Career opportunities through access to new job postings on our bulletin board and in our weekly email newsletter.
  • Networking and educational opportunitiesthrough the online ELI Associates Directory and our seminars and policy forums that are FREE for members.
  • Exclusive and instantaneous access to a members-only library of MP3 files of ELI seminars and educational programs, in addition to current and archived editions of The Environmental Forum.
To learn more about membership, visit www.elistore.org/member.asp


Michael Gerrard Speaking at NYLS February 9th 2011 at 12:50PM

Michael Gerrard is an award winning author and professor of environmental law, energy law, and climate change law at Columbia University. He will be joining the Environmental Law Society and The Center for Real Estate Studies on February 9 in Room W220 from 12:50PM until 1:50PM for a Master Class and discussion on issues pertaining to Environmental Law, The Law of Green Buildings, Energy Law, and Climate Change Law.


If you are interested please RSVP at RealEstateRSVP@nyls.edu


"Environmental Justice" Writing Competition! Get Published and Win Cash!

The winning entry will be awarded a prize of $1000 and will be published in a special issue of the Mississippi Law Journal together with other articles and materials from the Symposium. In addition to the first prize, the Competition will award a second prize of $500 and a third prize of $250. The first place paper will also be published on the ABA-SEER website as will the second and third place papers


Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.

For more information, CLICK HERE

Win $5k CASH! Writing Contest! Must submit "intent to enter" by Jan.31st! HURRY!

Topic for the 2011 contest is "The Gulf Oil Spill: Who Are They and How Do They Get Compensated"

The author of the winning essay will receive a $5,000 cash prize; recognition in the Public Justice newsletter and on the website; publication of the essay in the Vermont Law School’s online Journal of Environmental Law; and a free Public Justice Foundation membership for the Contest Year.

Any student currently enrolled in an accredited American law school may enroll in the contest. Each entry must be submitted through a faculty adviser. All entrants must submit an INTENT TO ENTER FORM by January 31, 2011. The deadline for the essay is March 31, 2011. A panel of nationally renowned trial lawyers and law professors will judge the entries.

CLICK HERE for more informations.


MEDIA ADVISORY: Listen in TODAY (Press Telebriefing) from 1-2 pm ET - Coalfield Citizens React To EPA's Spruce Mine Decision‏

Coalfield Citizens React To EPA's Spruce Mine Decision 
Citizens from communities threatened by mountaintop removal mining and Spruce mine comment on value of veto 

 WHAT: Coalfield citizens and community members affected by destructive mountaintop removal mining host on Wednesday, January 19, 1:00-2:00 pm ET, a press telebriefing to discuss the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's historic Clean Water Act veto of the water pollution permit for the proposed Spruce No. 1 mine and the significance of this important decision to enforce basic legal protections for their health, livelihood, and the future of their communities. They also will comment on the reactions of some elected political leaders and correct mischaracterizations about this decision by some politicians. 

 WHO: Cindy Rank, Chair of the Mining Committee, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy Bo Webb, Board Member, Coal River Mountain Watch Chuck Nelson, Board Member and Retired Deep Miner, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Joe Lovett, Executive Director and Attorney, Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Environment Bill Price, Environmental Justice Program Organizer, Sierra Club TBD, Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards TBD, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment Also attending: Joan Mulhern, Senior Legislative Counsel, Earthjustice Jim Hecker, Environmental Enforcement Project Director and Attorney, Public Justice 

 WHEN: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET CALL INFORMATION Participants: (866) 548-2699 (no PIN required). Please wait for an available operator. Outside the U.S. & Canada: (904) 271-2009. Please wait for an available operator.


House Republicans waste no time in 2011, propose legislation to delay and block global warming protection

Republicans strike first in 2011 and look to block EPA from enacting global warming related regulations. 

Earthjustice did not take this lightly, firing that "these pieces of legislation are bad for the health of the American people, bad for American competitiveness in the global economy, bad for our national security, and bad for air quality across America."

Of course, republicans focused on the EPA's "job killing" regulations that "overreach." Apparently the EPA shouldn't be able to regulate carbon dioxide and methane under the Clean Air Act. Ohh, and they're going to kill the West Virginia economy.

But who should regulate CO2 and CH4 if not the EPA? I think we're beyond the point of no regulation, so why delay this?


ABA Business Law Section 2011 Diversity Clerkship

Corporate attorneys need to know environmental law as well. Here's an opportunity for law students of diverse backgrounds who are interested in business law.

ABA Business Law Section - 2011 Diversity Clerkship


Newly Knighted Cuomo "State of the State"

Hi everyone! Welcome back! Happy New Years! Let's get right to it ---

NY's 56th governor, Andrew Cuomo, delivered his first "State of the State" address today. As expected, the main focus was the state of the economy.

The few worthy environmental issues included: creating green jobs; reducing pollution; furthering environmental justice; inviting the private market to participate in the "greening" of NY; and increasing the number of greenmarkets in NY's urban areas.

I wonder where he stands on hydro-fracking within the NY watershed...

For the "State of the State" video, click here.