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.

Chair
Chambliss Bahner
605 Chestnut St 1700 Liberty Twr
Chattanooga, TN 374500019
(423)757-0207
Immediate Past Chair
Dickinson Wright, PLLC
424 Church Street, Suite 1401
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)620-1716
Vice-Chair
TN Dept of Environment &...
312 Rosa L Parks Ave., 2nd floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615)253-4169

UT Law Student Wins Environmental Writing Competition

The TBA Environmental Law Section announced Grant Ruhl, a student at the University of Tennessee College of Law, is the winner of the 2016 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition. The annual section-sponsored contest is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law and is open to law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school. Ruhl's paper, "An Unpopular Victory: Exploring EPA's 2015 Ozone NAAQS Revisions," addresses the EPA's updated Clean Air Act standard for ozone.

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Special Master Seeks Hearing in Mississippi Water Case

Eugene E. Siler Jr., the special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to oversee Mississippi’s $615 million water-rights lawsuit against Memphis and the state of Tennessee, says the case could be decided by a limited hearing on the issue of whether an aquifer connected to the Memphis Sand is an interstate resource. Siler has filed a memorandum of decision calling for such a hearing, the Commercial Appeal reports. David Bearman, an attorney representing Memphis, said he was heartened by the arguments made in the memorandum, saying Siler “appears to agree with the basis of our position.” Attorneys for Mississippi also appeared pleased, saying a hearing would give them the chance to prove that the aquifer is not an interstate resource.

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