Environmental Law Section

A. Lisa Barker, chair

In 2008-09 the Environmental Law Section contributed to the December 2008 edition of Virginia Lawyer, which was dedicated to environmental law issues. The section board of governors chose articles written by Grady A. Palmer III, an assistant city attorney in Chesapeake; Mary V. Cromer of Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center Inc. in Whitesburg, Kentucky; and Tauna M. Szymanski of Hunton & Williams LLP in Washington, D.C.

In November 2008 the section and the University of Richmond School of Law sponsored an afternoon continuing legal education session on the topic of the proposed Virginia stormwater regulations. Panelists were panelists Ryan J. Brown, assistant director of policy and planning for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation; Christopher D. Pomeroy, president of Aqualaw PLC; Mike Gerel, Virginia staff scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; and Heather N. Stevenson of McGuireWoods LLP.

With the Virginia State Bar sections on Administrative, Construction and Public Contracts, and Local Government law, the Environmental Law Section cosponsored a CLE program, “Mega-Projects in an Uncertain Economy: Can Local Governments Afford Investment in Environmentally Beneficial Mega-projects in Recessionary Times?” at the VSB Annual Meeting. Panelists included Oliver Amos “Trip” Pollard of the Southern Environmental Law Center; Richard F. Sliwoski, director of the Virginia Department of General Services; John Y. Richardson Jr., deputy city attorney for Norfolk; and James V. McGettrick, an assistant county attorney for Fairfax.

Officers for the 2009-10 bar year are Joseph J. Tannery of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, chair; Andrea W. Wortzel of Hunton & Williams, vice chair; Katherine D. Will of the U.S. Department of the Navy office of general counsel, secretary. During the coming year the section and the University of Richmond will cosponsor a conference on environmental law issues. The section will also cosponsor an environmental law op-ed writing competition for University of Richmond law students, to be administered by Assistant Professor Noah M. Sachs.

Updated: Sep 03, 2009