Environmental Law Section

The section informs its members of local, state and national environmental laws and regulations. The section coordinates annual substantive continuing legal education programs on environmental law and produces a quarterly newsletter.

Paine, Tarwater and Bickers LLP
900 S. Gay St. Ste 2200
Knoxville, TN 37902
Immediate Past Chair
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel P....
2 Union Sq., Suite 1000
Chattanooga, TN 37402
7001 Poplar Creek Trace
Nashville, TN 37221

Memphis Law Student Wins 2014 Hastings Competition

The TBA Environmental Law Section today announced that William McDonald "Mac" Plosser, a third-year student at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, is the winner of the 2014 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition. The writing competition is sponsored by the Environmental Law Section in memory of Jon Hastings, one of the founding members of the section. Plosser's paper "Into The Fracking Fray: Advocating For A Balanced Approach To Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation In Tennessee" addresses the recent expansion of hydrofracturing to extract natural gas nationwide and how that issue has been addressed in Tennessee. In response to conflicts between local and state control in other states, the author proposes a balanced role that preserves both local zoning power and state regulatory authority.

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Deadline Near for Environmental Law Writing Competition

April 1 is the deadline for entering the TBA Environmental Law Section's Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award writing competition for law students. Entries may be submitted by law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school in 2013 or 2014. The competition is held in memory of one of the section’s outstanding founding members and has a cash prize pool of $1,200. This writing contest is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law. The competition Rules and Announcement are available online. For more information contact Lynn Pointer

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