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Committees

Air

    The Air Committee is composed of attorneys interested in federal, state, and local air pollution control laws and policy. Air laws and policies continue to evolve and raise significant issues for government, business, and citizen organizations in Michigan. The Air Committee meets several times a year to discuss emerging air-related topics, organize air-related programs, and conduct other types of outreach to Environmental Law Section members, including sponsoring site visits.

    The Air Committee welcomes any Environmental Law Section member interested in air issues to participate in upcoming activities, which are typically publicized though the Environmental Law Section e-mail distribution list, calendar, and social media outlets.

    Chair: Kurt A. Kissling
    Pepper Hamilton LLP
    4000 Town Ctr Ste 1800
    Southfield, MI 48075
    (248) 359-7313
    kisslink@pepperlaw.com

    Vice-Chair: Paul Michael Collins
    Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC
    1 E Michigan Ave Ste 900
    Lansing, MI 48933
    (517) 483-4908
    collinsp@millercanfield.com

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Energy and Sustainability

    Chair: George F. Curran III
    Kotz Sangster Wysocki & Berg PC
    400 Renaissance Ctr Ste 3400
    Detroit MI 48243
    (313) 259-8723
    gcurran@kotzsangster.com

    Vice-Chair: Stanley F. Pruss
    5 Lakes Energy LLC
    503 Mall Ct. #323
    Lansing MI 48912
    (517) 930-4226
    pruss@5lakesenergy.com

Environmental Litigation and Administrative Practice

    The Environmental Litigation Committee is responsible for legal issues that relate to environmental disputes in administrative, state, and federal jurisdictional forums. The Committee periodically arranges programs on these topics.

    The Environmental Litigation Committee welcomes any Environmental Law Section member interested in the foregoing issues and maintains an e-mail list to notify members of meetings and events.

    Chair: Dustin P. Ordway
    Ordway Law Firm PLLC
    300 Ottawa Ave NW Ste 801
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    (616) 451-2177
    dpordway@ordwaylawfirm.com

    Vice-Chair: Scott J. Steiner
    Rhoades McKee PC
    161 Ottawa Ave NW Ste 600
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    (616) 235-3500
    sjsteiner@rhoadesmckee.com

Great Lakes and Inland Waters

    The Great Lakes and Inland Waters Committee closely follows environmental developments regarding the Great Lakes and tracks developments in federal, state, and local regulation of discharges to and use of surface water and groundwater. The Committee periodically arranges programs in which experts in these areas discuss important developments. These programs also offer an opportunity for Section members to meet and benefit from learning about other attorneys' experiences in working on water-related matters.

    The Great Lakes and Inland Waters Committee welcomes any Environmental Law Section member interested in the foregoing issues and maintains an e-mail list to notify members of meetings and events.

    Chair: Nick Schroeck
    Executive Director
    Great Lakes Environmental Law Center
    440 Burroughs St., Box 70
    Detroit MI 48202
    (313) 820-7797
    nschroeck@wayne.edu

    Vice-Chair: Ross A. Hammersley
    Olson Bzdok & Howard PC
    420 E Front St
    Traverse City, MI 49686
    (231) 946-0044
    Ross@envlaw.com

Hazardous Substances and Brownfields

    The Hazardous Substances Committee is responsible for legal issues that relate to the treatment, storage, disposal, and remediation of hazardous substances (including hazardous wastes) under both federal and state law, including CERCLA, RCRA subtitle C, and Parts 111 and 201 of NREPA. It is also responsible for the topics of liability under those statutes for injunctive relief, recovery of response costs and natural resource damages, related contribution actions, and associated claims for insurance coverage. Finally, it is responsible for the topic of managing transactions that are complicated by the real or potential presence of hazardous substances by environmental investigations, baseline environmental assessments and related mechanisms, environmental insurance, and incentives for brownfield re-development.

    The Hazardous Substances Committee welcomes any Environmental Law Section member interested in the foregoing issues and maintains an e-mail list to notify members of meetings and events.

    Chair: James P. Enright
    Enright Law Firm PLLC
    2522 Woodmeadow Dr SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49546
    (616) 957-2984
    enrightj@me.com

    Vice-Chair: Tammy Helminski
    Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    171 Monroe Avenue NW Suite 1000
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    (616) 742-3926
    tammy.helminski@btlaw.com

Michigan Environmental Law Journal/Publications

    The Journal Committee publishes a quarterly electronic newsletter that includes scholarly articles about environmental issues, as well as information about Section activities and events, important decisions by Michigan and federal courts in environmental cases, and new Michigan environmental regulations and legislation. The Committee increases the level of interest in environmental law by sponsoring an annual writing competition among law students at all Canadian and U.S. law schools. Winners of the writing competition receive generous cash awards and have their articles published in the Section's Michigan
    Environmental Law Journal
    .

    Chair/Editor: Christopher J. Dunsky
    Christopher J. Dunsky PLLC
    (313) 418-0913
    cdunsky@comcast.net

    Co-Editors:
    Kelly M. Drake
    Rebecca Dukes
    Charles E. Dunn
    Ross Hammersley
    H. Kirk Meadows
    Jason Newman
    Patricia Paruch
    Kaitlyn Sundt
    Brad H. Sysol

Membership

    It is the mission of the Membership Committee to: (1) assist the Section and each of the other committees in their respective functions by providing useful information about the membership of the Section and its needs and interests; (2) increase Section membership; and (3) promote race/ethnic and gender diversity in the membership and leadership of the Section.

    The Membership Committee encourages any interested Environmental Law Section members to join this Committee or attend the next meeting. If you need more information, please contact:

    Chair: Kelly Marie Martorano
    Dickinson Wright PLLC
    2600 W Big Beaver Rd Ste 300
    Troy, MI 48084
    (248) 433-7215
    kmartorano@dickinsonwright..com

    Vice-Chair: AnnMarie B. Sanford
    Pepper Hamilton LLP
    4000 Town Ctr Ste 1800
    Southfield, MI 48075
    (248) 359-7359
    sanforda@pepperlaw.com

Natural Resources

    The Natural Resources Committee tracks developments in federal state and local laws and regulations that relate to issues concerning natural resources, including wetlands, oil and gas, mining, forestry, and fisheries. The Committee periodically arranges programs on these topics.

    Chair: Dennis J. Donohue
    Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
    111 Lyon St NW Ste 900
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    (616) 752-2192
    ddonohue@wnj.com

    Vice-Chair: Jamie Weitzel Scripps
    jamiescripps@gmail.com

Program

    The Program Committee plans educational programs for the benefit of section members. The committee meets monthly by phone for about an hour to discuss the needs and interests of the members. The programs are designed to provide members with information on important new developments and opportunities for socializing and networking with other section members.

    The length and content of programs vary widely, from informal lunch roundtables covering one topic to multiple day seminars that cover numerous topics. The committee selects dates, locations, and general themes for the programs, and one or two committee members will chair or co-chair the programs. The chair/co-chairs arrange for speakers and other details of the programs. Certain program committee members also function as liaisons to the subject matter committees to facilitate programming for those committees.

    In short, the Program Committee provides opportunities for members to be kept informed on important new developments in the environmental legal landscape. Planning those opportunities is an effective and fun way to participate in section activities.

    The Program Committee welcomes any Environmental Law Section member interested in keeping Section members up to date on current events and maintains an e-mail list to notify members of meetings and events.

    Chair: Todd C. Schebor
    Dykema Gossett PLLC
    400 Renaissance Ctr
    Detroit, MI 48243
    (313) 568-6672
    tschebor@dykema.com

    Vice-Chair Kenneth C. Gold
    Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, LLP
    660 Woodward Ave Ste 2290
    Detroit, MI 48226
    (313) 465-7394
    kgold@honigman.com

Technology

    The Technology Committee supports the Section's use of Bar-provided resources such as the listserve and the website, and investigates, develops, and supports the use of newer communications technologies as suggested by the Section. The Technology Committee also investigates and prepares presentations for the Section on new environmental technologies.

    The Technology Committee welcomes any Environmental Law Section member interested in the Section's technology related issues, and maintains an e-mail list to notify members of meetings and events.

    Chair: Scott Watson
    Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
    111 Lyon St NW Ste 900
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    (616) 752-2465
    swatson@wnj.com
    www.wnj.com

    Vice-Chair: John L. Tatum
    John L. Tatum PC
    4931 Ranch Ln
    Bloomfield, MI 48302
    (248) 203-7030
    johnt@tatum.com
    www.tatum.com

     

 

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