The purposes of the Section shall be to review those laws and regulations dealing with the conservation and development of the natural resources of this State and its environment and to promote the fair and just administration of those laws and regulations which implement the mandate of Article IV, Section 52, of the 1963 Constitution of Michigan. The Section shall endeavor to accomplish these purposes by examining proposed legislation and regulations concerning natural resources and environmental law; promoting the education of members of the Bar and the general public in those areas pertaining to natural resources and environmental law; and by sponsoring institutes and conferences and the publication of legal writing devoted to those issues.

Council Nominations

The Environmental Law Section is now accepting nominations for election to the Section Council. To qualify, the individual must be a member of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and have served for no less than two years as an active member of a Section committee. Council members shall also be able to serve a three (3) year term.

Please submit your recommendations to Kelly M. Martorano at kmartorano@dickinson-wright.com.

Thank you.

Annual Meeting, Program, and Reception

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. Program
3:30 p.m. Annual Business Meeting including election of new officers and council members (all ELS members welcome)
4:30 p.m. Networking Reception—Bistro Bella Vita, 44 Grandville Ave. SW
Location: DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids
Cost: Free
Register as part of the SBM NEXT Conference. There is no charge to attend any section meetings, but registration is requested and RSVP to Mary Anne Parks by September 14.

Clean Power Plan Rollback

Janet McCabe, former acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, will provide an analysis and overview of the Trump Administration’s rollback of the Clean Power Plan. Janet played a lead role in framing, shaping, and implementing the Clean Power Plan under the Obama Administration and provides a unique perspective on proposed changes. Janet will be joined by representatives from Michigan utilities and the Michigan Energy Office to help us understand how Michigan will be impacted.

Key Michigan Cases and Legislative Developments

Council Member Margrethe Kearney will provide a brief update on key Michigan cases and legislative developments to be aware of.

Join section members for a cocktail reception at Bistro Bella Vita walking distance from the DeVos Place.

Please RSVP to Mary Anne Parks to join the cocktail reception by September 14, 2017.

Joint Environmental Conference

The Environmental Law Section and the East & West Chapters of the Air & Waste Management Association have prepared an exciting agenda for this year’s joint conference, including EPA Region V Administrator Cathy Stepp and MDEQ Director Heidi Grether.

Key Sponsorship Opportunities Still Exist! Contact Mary Anne Parks at (248) 895-6400.

  • General Conference Supporters—$500 Still More Available!

Lunch Sponsor—$1,750 SOLD

Breakfast Sponsor—$1,000 SOLD


Afternoon Break Sponsor—$750 SOLD
Dickinson Wright

Happy Hour Sponsor—$750 SOLD

Pepper Hamilton

General Conference Supporters—$500 Still More Available!

Consumers Energy

NTH Consultants
​Raffle Gift Sponsor—$750 SOLD


Sponsor benefits include your organization’s logo on our website, acknowledgement on all pre-event publicity, and complimentary exhibitor space (for sponsorships above $750). Exclusive signage is provided for the lunch sponsor(s). Exhibitor space also available—$100.


For additional information regarding this event, contact Mary Anne Parks at (248) 895-6400 or parks.maryanne@gmail.com.

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