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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Spring 2020, Vol. 37, No. 2, Issue 107 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 2 (2020) The above image from the City of Grand Rapids website is a teaser for an article inside this issue of the MELJ—themed sustainability. Each article tackles a different legal topic that involves issues of sustainability. At a time when nothing seems stable, take a look inside this issue to consider how environmental lawyers are addressing sustainability in a variety of legal contexts. #EnvironmentalLawJourn
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Spring 2020, Vol. 37, No. 2, Issue 107 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 2 (2020) I hope this finds all of you well. I had planned to write about challenges facing Michigan and environmental lawyers—and that was before the coronavirus pandemic erupted. Michigan’s environmental challenges have not gone away, although our recent focus, understandably, has been elsewhere. These challenges, some present, some further off, include: Rising waters . The Great Lakes are all rising, with Lake Michigan setting a record in March. [1] Inland waters are also affected, and even the ground in many ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Spring 2020, Vol. 37, No. 2, Issue 107 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 2 (2020) by Monica J. Stover, Barnes & Thornburg LLP [1] In today’s increasingly eco-conscious society, “green claims,” i.e., advertising claims touting a product or service’s environmental benefits, remain on the rise among marketers. Also increasing is consumer demand for “environmentally friendly” products as consumers become more aware and educated about environmental issues that directly affect our planet. Needless to say, marketers’ green claims have a significant impact on consumers as they seek out ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Spring 2020, Vol. 37, No. 2, Issue 107 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 2 (2020) Environmental Law Section Online Library Many of ELS’s webinars are available in the ELS online library under the webinar tab. They make for good viewing during shelter-at-home. Here’s a list of ELS’s currently available webinars. 2019 Duck! Insiders Review the Late 2018 Legislation The Challenging Effects of Dynamic Great Lakes Shorelines on Zoning & Planning in Coastal Communities 2018 A Closer Look at the Endangered Species Act A Legal Perspective on PFOS/PFAS Contamination ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Spring 2020, Vol. 37, No. 2, Issue 107 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 2 (2020) by Saulius K. Mikalonis, Senior Attorney, Plunkett Clooney; Leader of Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law, and Cannabis Law Industry Groups "Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." [1] Sustainability is changing how governments and corporations respond to their operations to maintain profitability and operational ability while considering impacts to environmental ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Spring 2020, Vol. 37, No. 2, Issue 107 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 2 (2020) ELS is asking for information on any opportunities for students who have been left without a summer internship due to COVID-19. Are you or your practice willing to expand your externship class to consider some COVID-19 hardship applicants? Can you host a virtual law student volunteer intern this summer? Can you provide even a few substantial research assignments where students would be able to work closely with you as they develop a meaningful writing sample? Any of the above opportunities would be ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Spring 2020, Vol. 37, No. 2, Issue 107 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 2 (2020) by Elaine Sterrett Isely, JD, MS Director of Water Programs, West Michigan Environmental Action Council [1] and Chair of the City of Grand Rapids Stormwater Oversight Commission Municipalities are required under the federal Clean Water Act [2] to minimize polluted discharges to our waterways, including stormwater runoff [3] and combined sewer overflows. [4] In Michigan, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Spring 2020, Vol. 37, No. 2, Issue 107 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 2 (2020) SBM has provided a list of informational resources related to legal practice during shelter in place and state of emergency orders: Guidance from local  courts —there’s a lot of information coming at you from  Michigan 's trial  courts , so we are helping keep it straight Text of documents related to COVID-19 —because you need to know exactly what the law actually says Guidelines from our ethics department —while much has changed during the pandemic, the  Michigan  Rules of Professional Conduct are still ...
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Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal , Spring 2020, Vol. 37, No. 2, Issue 107 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 2 (2020) The next issue is in Summer 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 , Spring 2020, Vol. 37, No. 2, Issue 107 [ view full issue ]. Cite: 37 Mich Env Law J 2 (2020) 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. #EnvironmentalLawJourna
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Committees Chairperson Contact Information   Budget and Finance Catharine B. LaMont First American Title Insurance Company, 100 Bloomfield Hills Pkwy, Ste 195 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, (248) 635-6019, clamont@firstam.com Continuing Legal Education Committee Jason C. Long Steinhardt Pesick & Cohen, 380 Old Woodward Ave., Ste. 120, Birmingham, MI  48009, (248) 646-0888, jlong@spclaw.com Land Title Standards Brian J. Page Dykema, 300 Ottowa Avenue, N.W., Suite 700, Grand Rapids, MI  49503, (616) 776-7509 bpage@dykema.com Legislation ...
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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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