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.

James Rigano

James Rigano

James Rigano began his career researching the effects of electric power generation on the environment. After law school, he went on to specialize in environmental law working with Environmental Protection Agency  and the NY Power Authority. He comes to the position of chair of the Environmental and Energy Law section with more than 20 years of experience in the field.

Rigano is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law. He holds a Master of Science degree in Biology from New York University.

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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 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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