All Earth Day events scheduled for 4/22 are being postponed. New dates will be announced in the near future.
The purpose of this Section shall be to bring together such members of the New York State Bar Association as are interested in environmental, land use, energy, health and safety and related issues and topics, to further the education of the legal community, the public and governmental and elected officials on legal, administrative and policy matters relating to such issues, to facilitate the making of public policy, and to provide networking opportunities between and among attorneys in private practice, government, corporations and consulting firms.
Meet the Chair
Howard Tollin is chair of the Environmental & Energy Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.
He is president of Sterling Environmental and Professional Services, and executive vice president of SterlingRisk. He consults with clients and lawyers for clients on unique risk management solutions to address business, real estate, and gas station issues, which include environmental, professional and construction exposures. He also coordinates risk management and insurance for environmental consultants and construction companies, which includes the review of contracts.
He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.
Contact the Environmental & Energy Law Section LiaisonTo learn more about this Section, please contact Amy Jasiewicz
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. Edited by Miriam E. Villani, Esq., (Editor-in-Chief), Justin M. Birzon, Esq. (Issue Editor), Prof. Keith Hirokawa (Issue Editor), and Aaron Gershonowitz, Esq. (Issue Editor), The New York Environmental Lawyer is published by the Environmental Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.
The New York Environmental Lawyer is published as a benefit for members of the Environmental & Energy Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission.
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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 [email protected].
The New York Environmental Lawyer encourages article submissions on topics of interest to members of the Section. Writing an article for a NYSBA Section publication is a great way to get your name out in the legal community and advertise your knowledge. Our authors are respected state-wide for their legal expertise in such areas as climate change, brownsfields, pollution, air quality, wetlands and superfunds.
MCLE credit may also be earned for legal-based writing directed to an attorney audience upon application to the CLE Board. NYSBA Guidelines for Obtaining MCLE Credit for Writing as well as a Publication Credit Application are available.
If you have written an article and would like to have it considered for publication in The New York Environmental Lawyer, please send it in electronic document format (pdfs are NOT acceptable), along with biographical information any to its Editors:
Miriam E. Villani
Justin M. Birzon, Esq.
Prof. Keith Hirokawa
Legislative/Regulatory Policy Submissions, Reports and Letters
- Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion (September 22, 2019)
- NYSBA Letter to President Trump on Paris Agreement
- Report and Recommendations Concerning The Conservation Article in the State Constitution – August, 2016
- Comments on DEC’s Proposed Definition of “Underutilized” in Connection with BCP– April 2016
- NYSDEC Proposed Changes to SEQR– March 3, 2016
- Memorandum re NYS Brownfield Cleanup Program– January 8, 2015
- Memorandum in Support of Navigation Law Bill – March 2012
- Memorandum in Support of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Reform Bill – May 23, 2011
- Comments on Proposed EAF Changes – April 26, 2011
- Memorandum re Budget Cuts – Staffing at NYS DEC – November 2010
- Comments on Marcellus Shale DSGEIS – December 2009
- Comments on DER-30 – December 2009
- Memorandum in Support of the Bottle Bill– April 2009
- Bottle Bill Memorandum – June 2007
- Wetlands Bill Memorandum – May 2007
- Brownfields Recommendations for Advisory Committee – December 2006
- Proposed Revisions to Draft Brownfield Cleanup Program Guide – November 2004
Environmental & Energy Law Section Committee
- Toxic Torts
- Land Use
- Solid Waste
- Hazardous Waste/Site Remediation
- Global Climate Change
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Environmental Justice
- Coastal and Wetland Resources
- Adirondacks, Catskills, Forest Preserve
- Environmental Membership
- Environmental Legislation Committee
- Continuing Legal Education & Ethics
- EELS Committee Chairs & Co-Chairs
- EELS Executive Committee
- Social Media and Electronic Communications
- Diversity (ENVI4400)
- Future of Federal Environmental Policy Task Force
- Brownfields Task Force
- Environmental Business Transactions
- Petroleum Spills
- Mining and Oil & Gas Exploration
- Enforcement and Compliance
- Agriculture and Rural Issues
- Corporate Counsel
- Environmental Insurance
- Water Quality
To honor distinguished service to the protection of the environment.
To recognize a member of the Environmental Law Section for outstanding contribution to the Section’s work and activities.
This fellowship program is designed to encourage minority law students to enter the field of environmental law.
This annual competition is designed to challenge law students to analyze the environmental issues confronting us today.
- 2020 Guidelines for Program, Speaker, Diversity and Reimbursement (January 30, 2020)
- Taking Action on Climate Change in New York: 2017 Update Report (June 18, 2017)
- Green Guidelines
- Policy and Procedures for Section Comments on Legislation, Regulations and Guidance Documents
- Speaker Guidelines (Updated 10/23/2011)
- Speaker Selection Guidelines (New 5/12/2017)
- CLE Program Co-Sponsorship Memo (1/25/11)
- Section Diversity Commitment (Updated 5/12/2017)
- Former Section Chairs (Updated 6/1/2019)
- Section Officers Committee Liaison Responsibilities
- Award Committee Guidelines
- House of Delegates Report
- Committee Chair Manual (2018)
Brownfields Task Force
- Alaskan VCA Decision and Order (July 2016)
- 2015 BCP Amendments
- Draft Voluntary Cleanup Program Guide (2002)
Program Materials & Webinars