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Posted by: Lynn Pointer on Oct 16, 2013

The following press release was provided by Stites & Harbison

Stites & Harbison PLLC attorney William L. Penny is the new chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER). He is the first Tennessean to lead this prestigious legal professional membership group.

A longtime Nashville, Tenn. resident and native Tennessean, Penny has practiced environmental law and litigation for more than 30 years and is a member of Stites & Harbison’s Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Service Group.

His previous ABA SEER positions include vice chair, chair-elect and budget officer. He will serve as chair through July 2014.

“The practice of environmental, energy and resources law continues to evolve as we encounter new environmental and political challenges,” said Penny. “Lawyers are now practicing in the areas of climate change and sustainability, which were only conceptual areas of law a few years ago. While the mainstream environmental practice will continue, our ABA section will review, evaluate and position ourselves to meet the needs of an ever-changing legal environment, locally, nationally and internationally.”

Active in all levels of bar associations, Penny served as the first chair for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section, and the first chair for the Nashville Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee. Internationally known, he recently addressed the Canadian Bar Association’s National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on environmental energy and resources legal issues in the United States.

Penny also served as general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation. He teaches Environmental Law and Administrative Law at The Nashville School of Law, is an avid bluegrass fan and a self-described “rabid” University of Tennessee football fan. He has been repeatedly featured in The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers, Mid-South SuperLawyers and other national and international rating services.

The ABA’s SEER has nearly 11,000 members and strives to be the premier forum for environmental, energy and resources lawyers. SEER is known for producing high-quality national seminars and symposiums, including recent programs in Austin, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Missoula, Mont.; and Las Vegas, Nev. The Section is also known for its high-quality environmental law publications and books.

About the A?merican Bar Association

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.