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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 Catherine Carl
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(518) 487-5679

Nick Ward Willis

Nicholas Ward-Willis

Nicholas Ward-Willis of White Plains is the new chair of the Environmental and Energy Law Section.

Ward-Willis is a member of Keane and Beane. He represents businesses, developers, individuals, property managers and public bodies in a variety of land use, real estate and environmental issues, ranging from commercial and real estate transactions to state and federal environmental litigation.

A 26-year member of the State Bar, Ward-Willis most recently served as vice-chair of the Environmental and Energy Law Section. He also is a member of the Local and State Government Law and Real Property Law Sections.

Ward-Willis graduated from the University of Albany and earned his law degree from Pace University School of Law, cum laude.

Upcoming Events

Wading In Uncertainty: Confusion Continues In Wetland Regulation (Webinar)

This program will provide historical perspective on “waters of the United States” and discuss the status of the new “Navigable Waters Protection Rule”

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Past Events Highlights


Coronavirus: Treatment, Legal & Insurance Issues (Webinar)

New treatments for Coronavirus patients and associated legal and ethical issues for doctors and hospitals, liability protections Insurance issues and more.

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Renewable Energy Siting (Webinar)

On April 3, the Public Service Law Article 10 siting process for large solar and wind farms was replaced by the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth…

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The Regulation Of Disinfectants & Their Safe Use: Controlling SARS-CoV-2 (Webinar)

This program will address the regulation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the states of disinfectants used to control the SARS-Cov-2 new coronavirus.

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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 Miriam E. Villani, Esq., (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 copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining, or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission. © New York State Bar Association. All rights reserved. ISSN 1088-9752 (print) ISSN 1933-8538 (online)

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 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.

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 (ie., WORD format) (PDFs are NOT accepted), along with biographical information to any of the Editors:

Miriam E. Villani
[email protected]

Alicia G. Artessa
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Prof. Keith Hirokawa
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Aaron Gershonowitz
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NY Environmental Lawyer - Fall 2019

A publication of the Environmental & Energy Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Can’t see this edition? Please view it here.

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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.


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