TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Lynn Pointer on Oct 16, 2013

In the last Newsletter I mentioned the Section’s ongoing activities but I was curious about what the initial goals and anticipated activities were when the Section was started and Bill Penny served as the first Chair.  I recently read the first Newsletters the Section published in 1991 and 1992 and was pleased to see that many of the Section’s activities have stayed strong through the years.  And, interestingly, some of its initial initiatives were very successful and are now are part of daily law practice in Tennessee.  For example, in 1992 the Section sponsored a petition before the Tennessee Supreme Court to change various court rules to encourage the use of recycled paper for court filings.  These changes were indeed implemented. 

The Section has also at times prepared a desk book that contained contact information for important government officials in environmental law, descriptions of programs and services provided, and a listing of all Section members.  Much of this information is now readily available on TDEC and EPA’s websites. In addition, the Section has a page on TBA’s website where we can post useful links and information at https://www.tba.org/section/environmental-law-section – if you have suggestions for making the Section’s webpage more useful for your practice, please let me know. 

As a way to honor Bill’s role in starting this Section and his current role as ABA’s SEER Chair, I would like the Section to undertake another tree planting as part of ABA’s one million trees project.  Please contact me if you are willing to coordinate or participate in a tree planting in your area in early spring 2014.  It can be as simple as handing out saplings at a local Earth Day or Arbor Day event.  We already have people willing to head up the efforts in Chattanooga and Knoxville and are looking for volunteers in Memphis and Nashville.

Thank you to the many people who have made that happen over the past 22 years by serving on the Executive Committee, writing articles, publishing the Newsletter, planting trees, presenting at CLEs and the TDEC Solid Waste Conference, and running the John Hasting’s student writing competition.

Catherine W. Anglin, Chair
Paine, Tarwater, and Bickers, LLP