EELS 40th Anniversary

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.

Contact the Environmental & Energy Law Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Amy Jasiewicz
[email protected]
(518) 487-5682

Please do not contact the Section liaison with a request for legal advice or an attorney referral. You can instead visit our ‘Public Resources’ or ‘Lawyer Referral Service’ page for this type of request.

Yvonne Hennessey

Yvonne Hennessey ([email protected]) is a partner at Barclay Damon LLP, where she practices energy and environmental law and serves as chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Area as well as co-leader of the firm’s Oil and Gas Team. Yvonne provides counsel to a diverse array of energy clients, including electric power generators and electric transmission lines as well as interstate and intrastate natural gas pipelines. Her breadth of experience includes project permitting and siting, administrative adjudication, civil and administrative enforcement, and government relations.

Yvonne has also represented clients in every aspect of complex environmental and energy litigation in a broad range of matters in both state and federal court. Her experience includes actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Article 78 proceedings related to project permitting and siting, and preemption issues under both the Federal Power Act and Natural Gas Act. She currently advises a myriad of clients regarding the implications of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and is actively involved in multiple proceedings regarding the Act’s application to environmental permitting.

Yvonne is ranked by Chambers USA and has been named to the Best Lawyers in America® in the Litigation – Environmental category and selected by peer review for inclusion in the Super Lawyers Upstate New York directory in the Energy and Environmental Litigation category.

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The New York Environmental Lawyer 2024 Vol 44 No 1

The New York 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, brownfields, pollution, air quality, wetlands, and superfund. Regular columns include recent administrative and judicial cases, ethics issues, EPA and DEC updates, and Section news. Edited by James L. Simpson, Esq. (Co-Editor-in-Chief), Margaret Barry, Esq. (Co-Editor-in-Chief), Alicia G. Artessa, Esq. (Issue Editor), Prof. Keith Hirokawa (Issue Editor), and Aaron Gershonowitz, Esq. (Issue Editor), The New York Environmental Lawyer is published by the Environmental & Energy 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 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 to the legal community and advertise your knowledge. Our authors are respected state-wide for their legal expertise in such areas as climate change, brownfields, pollution, air quality, wetlands, and superfund.

Author Guidelines

NYSBA has created comprehensive author guidelines, with information regarding our reprint policy, style guidelines, and obtaining MCLE Author Credits.

Section Business

Legislative/Regulatory Policy Submissions, Reports and Letters



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 diverse 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.

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