About Our Section
The Environmental & Energy Law Section brings together members of the NYSBA 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.
Message from the Section Chair
“Environmental and Energy Law intersects with traditional practice areas, whether it’s a real estate closing, land use development, inheritance of contaminated property, environmental issues in the acquisition of a business, criminal law, tax credits from redevelopment of contaminated properties and more! With greater focus on Climate Change and Energy Law, now is the time to join our Section. If you like acronyms, join us for our Meet and Greet to learn about PFAS, BCP, CERCLA, SEQRA, CLCPA and others.”
-Nick Ward Willis
How Our Members Benefit
- discount rates for outstanding continuing legal education programming
- be part of the network of top environmental attorneys in New York, and networking opportunities between and among attorneys in private practice, government, corporations and consulting firms
- subscription to The New York Environmental Lawyer, which 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
- opportunity to serve on one of the Section’s many substantive Committees
Hear from a Member
“My name is Barry R. Kogut and I served as Chair of the Environmental & Energy Law Section in 2010-2011. I have been involved with the Section since I organized a panel discussion at a Fall Section meeting back in 1985, when I was an associate with the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King.
I joined the Section because it offered me an opportunity to network with experienced environmental lawyers, and in particular, government lawyers, in a non-adversarial setting at an early point in my career. These lawyers were welcoming and eager to share their insights. The CLEs offered were cutting edge and provided practical insights in what was a young, but increasingly complex area of practice.
Anyone seeking to practice in the area of environmental law in New York today should join the Section to have similar access to the top environmental law practitioners. They would also have an opportunity to work on environmental issues that arise in their practice and distinguish themselves through participation on CLE panels at an early point in their career. With the impacts from climate change becoming more pronounced, there never has been a more critical time for environmental law practitioners and the Section offers excellent opportunities to pursue both personal and professional goals.”
—Barry R. Kogut