Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal, Spring 2018, Vol. 36, No. 1, Issue 104 [view full issue].
Cite: 36 Mich Env Law J 1 (2018)
As I write this, it is a brilliant sunny day after a couple of weeks of April snow and ice storms that seemed to never end. It seems appropriate that spring is bursting out from this thaw on Earth Day. It also occurs to me that next year will be the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, which was part of the 1970s movement, which led to so much of the environmental regulation we deal with on a daily basis. Following that, the 1980s became somewhat of a "boom period" for environmental lawyers. Some of these lawyers are now enjoying retirement, but many still practice and may or may not be close to retirement. In more recent decades, it seems there have been increasingly fewer lawyers becoming specialized in the environmental area.
As part of our strategic planning for the future of the Section, we are working on finding ways to get young lawyers and law students interested in environmental law with the hope that this will help sustain the Section as more senior members eventually go to a less active status over the next several years. We have a committee led by Chair-Elect Kelly Martorano focused on this effort. If you would like to help, let Kelly know (KMartorano@dickinson-wright.com). Otherwise, if you are a law student or new lawyer or know of someone like this who might be interested, let us know. Also, our summer program is coming up in June and we hope to have a good turn out by both lawyers and law students. This event will include both an educational program and a social event. Look for details to follow on our website or by email via our listserv.