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.

William Snodgrass Tn Tower
Nashville, TN 37221
Immediate Past Chair
Paine, Tarwater and Bickers LLP
900 S. Gay St. Ste 2200
Knoxville, TN 37902
Dickinson Wright, PLLC
424 Church Street, Suite 1401
Nashville, TN 37219

8th Annual Environmental Writing Competition Underway

The TBA Environmental Law Section has announced the eighth annual Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award writing competition for law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school in 2014 or 2015. The competition is held in memory of one of the section's most outstanding founding members and has a cash prize pool of $1,200. It is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law. Entries are due May 1, 2015. The competition rules and announcement are available here in downloadable format.

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Martineau Elected to Lead Environmental Council

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau has been elected to serve as president of the Environmental Council of the States, the Nashville Post reports. Martineau, a former partner and environmental law attorney with the Nashville office of Waller, was selected by his peers in other states. Martineau says his priorities will include advancing the joint Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state initiative known as E-Enterprise for the Environment, building an enhanced relationship between state environmental agency attorneys and the EPA Office of General Counsel, and advocating for federal funding for state environmental agencies.

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