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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) A portion of “The Traces Left Behind,” a piece made of recycled silver in Maya Lin’s Flow exhibit, which showcases her fascination with the natural environment and can be found at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. #EnvironmentalLawJourn
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Environmental Law Section has the best members! Seriously, I am so happy to have the members of this Section as my colleagues and I am constantly impressed by the good work that all of you do. So far, 2019 has been a great year for the Section and I want to tell you about all of the value this Section has to offer its members. First, the Environmental Law Section provides timely and informative webinars to our membership. Over the past year, the Section has hosted ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) by Jeremy Orr, Attorney, Safe Water Initiative, Natural Resources Defense Council On April 5, 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed me to serve on the state’s controversial Environmental Rules Review Committee (the ERRC). [1] My appointment, which satisfies the statutory mandate that the ERRC have a representative from an environmental organization, [2] came just two months after the state legislature overturned Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order, [3] which attempted to abolish both the ERRC and ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) Events of Interest to the Michigan Environmental Law Community Environmental Law Section Annual Meeting 1:00–4:30 p.m., Sept. 18, 2019, State Bar of Michigan, Lansing While the State Bar has discontinued the NEXT Conference, ELS will still be around this fall for your environmental needs. Join us for the annual Section meeting for some great programming and fellowship to follow at Lansing Brewing Company from 5:00–7:00 p.m. SBM Annual Meeting Sept. 25–27, 2019, Novi The State Bar of Michigan will host ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) Events of Interest to the Michigan Environmental Law Community Webinar: The Challenging Effects of Dynamic Great Lakes Shorelines on Zoning & Planning in Coastal Communities Aug. 6, 2019, Noon-1:00 p.m. The Great Lakes and Inland Waters Committee of the Environmental Law Section hosted a webinar discussing the wide-ranging effects the at-or-above-record water levels of the Great Lakes have had on municipalities along the coast this year. University of Michigan Professor Dr. Richard Norton reviewed the ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2019-06 on February 20, 2019, creating the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. Coincidentally, the Executive Order took effect on Earth Day, April 22, 2019, sixty days after its submission to the Legislature. Under the Executive Order, the former Michigan Department of Environmental Quality was reorganized as EGLE, assumed many activities of the former Michigan Agency for Energy, and created the new Office of Climate and Energy within EGLE. The Governor also ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) by Steven Chester, Senior Counsel, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone PLC On December 11, 2018, the Great Lakes Water Authority (“GLWA”), Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (“DWSD”), Oakland Water Resources Commissioner (“WRC”), and the City of Livonia (collectively referred to as the “Plaintiffs”) filed a Complaint for a Declaratory Judgment with the Michigan Court of Claims [1] seeking to invalidate the recently enacted state “Lead and Copper Rules” (the “Rules”). [2] The Complaint was filed against ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) The summer 2020 law student internship application cycle is well underway for 1Ls and 2Ls. Current students consider applying at these great organizations who have expressed their interest in hosting students to the MELJ: #EnvironmentalLawJournal #Announceme
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) Could your environment, energy, or natural resources practice use an extra hand? Law students from Michigan State, Wayne State, Detroit Mercy, Michigan, and Cooley are looking to learn more about environmental law in Michigan. Think back to your early days diving into environmental law and how you could have benefited from a summer of practical experience. Your organization can offer an externship or internship for 1Ls or 2Ls, even if you are unsure about post-graduation employment opportunities. If you are ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) by Nicholas Leonard, Director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center On March 27 of this year, Detroit Renewable Energy suddenly announced that it was permanently closing its trash incinerator. Since its inception, the incinerator has been mired in controversy. Originally owned by the city of Detroit, the construction of the facility was the subject of litigation and protests. Since 1991, the incinerator has operated under a number of private owners. The facility’s closure comes at a time when it was facing ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) by Allison M. Collins, Associate, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC  On February 26, 2019, the citizens of Toledo, Ohio, voted to amend their City Charter to include the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (“LEBOR”). [1] The LEBOR is the latest effort to develop rights of nature laws within the United States by granting rights to ecosystems themselves, like Lake Erie. Relying on the Ohio Constitution’s Article 1, Sections 1 and 2, the LEBOR is premised on declaring an immediate emergency within Lake Erie’s ecosystem ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) by Elizabeth Burns, J.D. Candidate 2020, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University Thanks to scientific advancements, scientists can detect and track chemicals in the environment today that they could not before. For example, they have developed the ability to test for and identify chemicals in the parts per trillion range, allowing them to quantify substances previously understudied. When new evidence is published about these chemicals, one question always comes to mind: how are these chemicals going ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) The next issue is in Winter 2020. Write on a difficulty you have encountered in your practice to help fellow practitioners OR write about a topical environmental event or issue that interests you. Email submissions or inquiries to Amanda Urban at ajurban@umich.edu 2-10 pages, 12pt Times New Roman, Michigan Appellate Manual footnotes Let us Know What you Want to See in the MELJ The MELJ is a publication intended to serve the members of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Summer 2019, Vol. 37, No. 1, Issue 106 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 1 (2019) The MELJ Editorial Committee Amanda Urban Allison Collins Nicholas Leonard Joni Roach Lydia Barbash-Riley Join:  The MELJ is a team effort and would not be possible without the hard work of its contributing and associate editors, as well as the State Bar administrative staff. Consider joining the MELJ Editorial Committee. Contact  Amanda Urban  if interested. #EnvironmentalLawJournal #Announcemen
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The Practice Management Resource Center (PMRC) has a lending library of print and digital books on a variety of topics to help attorneys with all phases of their practice. Print books, for which there is a fee, are shipped upon request and must be returned by mail in two weeks. Members can also download free e-books and audiobooks from an extensive online library which are automatically removed from the client's device when the lending period expires. The categories of books available include: Client development Finances Staffing Marketing Work/life balance Opening or closing a practice Practice tips Careers The following ...
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The practice of law consists of two parts. One part is your brilliant closing argument that won the case for your client, a well-researched brief, a tightly worded contract, or a clever cross-examination. The other part is the business of managing employees, maintaining technology, accurate accounting, and marketing. For many of us, the business side is the least enjoyable and most difficult side of our practice. Fortunately, the State Bar of Michigan can help. The Practice Management Resource Center (PMRC) , a service offered by the State Bar of Michigan, has the following practice management resources: A toll-free helpline for answers to ...
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The SBM Lawyer Referral Service reports that they receive 20–25 calls per week asking for limited scope assistance. As word of the practice spreads, there will be more clients looking for limited scope representation (LSR) and creating more opportunities for you to expand your business. How do you approach the practice of LSR in a way that satisfies both your needs and the clients’? At your first meeting with the prospective client, you need to determine whether they will be able to handle parts of the case alone. Can this person prepare documents, meet deadlines, or represent themselves in court with some help by you? If so, they could be a good ...
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Last week we introduced limited scope representation , a method of legal representation in which an attorney and client agree to limit the scope of the attorney’s involvement in a civil lawsuit, leaving responsibility for other aspects of the case to clients in order to save money and give them more control. In 2016, the State Bar of Michigan president appointed an Unbundling Work Group that drafted limited scope court and ethics rules that were adopted by the Bar’s Representative Assembly, and then by the Michigan Supreme Court. The rules became effective in January 2018 and provide for: Ghostwriting without entering an appearance or disclosing ...
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Limited scope representation , also known as unbundled legal services and discrete task representation , is a method of legal representation in which attorney and client agree to limit the attorney’s involvement in a civil lawsuit, leaving responsibility for other parts of the case to the client in order to save money and give them more control. Michigan began exploring limited scope representation (LSR) in 2010 with creation of the Self-Help Task Force. The launch of Michigan Legal Help online and in-person self-help centers in 2012 providing furthered the push for meaningful LSR in the state. When the State Bar of Michigan 21st Century Practice ...
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On June 3, 2019, Casemaker, a free member service offered by the State Bar of Michigan, launched Casemaker4 , a redesign of its web-based legal research platform. The new version, according to the company, keeps features users liked while improving search speed and design responsiveness. When you log in through the SBM Member Area, you will at first be linked to the old Casemaker system; however, you can try out the new system by clicking on Casemaker4 found on the right of the Casemaker home page. The new home page is designed to be easily used for searching or browsing. If you choose to browse, start with a jurisdiction, for example, Michigan; ...
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