Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal, Fall 2017, Vol. 35, No. 2, Issue 103 [view full issue].
Cite: 35 Mich Env Law J 2 (2017)
SBM NEXT Conference ELS Annual Meeting Sept. 28, 2017, Detroit
The Section's annual meeting was held in conjunction with the State Bar of Michigan NEXT conference at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Margrethe Kearney and Todd Schebor organized the programing for the meeting, which featured a presentation from Craig Hupp and Jennifer McKay providing the latest on Enbridge Line 5 and a presentation from Oday Salim on aquaculture in Michigan. Notably, the meeting concluded with remarks from Senator Rebecca Warren on her involvement with environmental issues in the state. Dennis Donohue gave a report as the Section's outgoing chair and introduced Scott Steiner as the new Section chair. Scott discussed his plans as chair including his desire to recruit and involve more law students and young attorneys.
Joint Environmental Conference Nov. 8, 2017, Lansing
The Joint Environmental Conference, co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Section and East Michigan & West Michigan Chapters of the Air & Waste Management Association was held at Lansing Community College's West Campus. The conference featured several panels focused on air and waste issues. The photos depict Stuart Batterman from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health presenting a break-out session on Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments. The key note lunch address was given by Howard Learner of the Environmental Law and Policy Center. His address discussed the decentralization of environmental regulation and the uncertainty said decentralization has caused industry groups. Thank you to the Section's Air Committee for all of their efforts in planning this annual event. Program materials can be viewed in the West Michigan AWMA archive. If you attended the conference, please take this brief survey. The Section encourages your feedback to continually improve its programming.
Great Lakes Environmental Law Center Bash Nov. 9, 2017, Detroit
The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center had its annual Blue Water Bash at Tony V's in Detroit. The director of the Center, Oday Salim, presented journalist Anna Clark (right) with the Center's Fourth Annual Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism. Last year's recipient, Curt Guyette, is known for his role in breaking the silence surrounding the Flint water crisis. Anna's latest book, The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy, is set for publication this spring. Many attended the event and celebrated the Center's great successes this past year.