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Read the current issue of the Michigan Environmental Law Journal

Contact Section Administrator Brian Figot at or (248) 594-5950.

Save the Date

    June 20, 2014—ELS Summer Program and Council Meeting
    Time and location to be determined

    September 17-19, 2014—State Bar Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids

Update on Michigan's Brownfields Program Featuring MDEQ Brownfield Redevelopment Unit Chief

    Sponsored by the Hazardous Substances & Brownfields Committee

    Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    Time: Noon–1:30 p.m.
    Free to Section Members

    This webinar will be presented by Carrie Geyer, MDEQ Brownfield Redevelopment unit chief. Ms. Geyer will present an overview of Michigan's Brownfields program, information on available grants and loans, and an update on the status of Michigan's Brownfields Program in 2014, including the recently initiated Brownfields Continuous Program Improvement Stakeholder Workgroup. Register Now.

Clearing the Air: An Overview of Federal, Regional, and State Air Quality Issues

    Cosponsored with the Michigan Manufacturers Association

    Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Location: Michigan Manufacturers Ass'n, 620 S Capitol Ave, Lansing [map]
    Registration with MMA

    This half-day program features updates on the most urgent environmental regulatory issues facing Michigan Companies. Experts from government, industry, advocacy groups, technical consultants, and the legal profession will address the latest developments and what to expect. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Calendar of Council Meetings

    All section members are welcome to attend. Please notify Brian Figot at if you are not on the council and plan to attend so he can confirm we have adequate space and refreshment.

    The next Council Meeting will be on April 23, 2014, following the Clearing the Air program in Lansing at the MMA Headquarters. Committee Reports due April 16.

    Other Council Meetings are scheduled for June 20, 2014 (time and location TBD) and September 18, 2014, at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids

Environmental Law Writing Contest

    Three prizes will be awarded: $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place. Winning essays will be published in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal. Entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2014.

    Complete Essay Contest Rules PDF

    Five law students from five different law schools submitted essays for the MELJ 2013 writing competition. The editors selected the following winners:

    First Place: Nathan Inks of Lincoln Park, Wayne State Univ. Law School, "Wetland Mitigation in Michigan: Working Toward the Goal of No Net Loss of Wetlands"

    Second Place: Jamie Bowers of Sarasota, Florida, Georgetown University Law Center, Environmental Justice and Fracking

    Third Place: Chen Sheng, University of Illinois College of Law, "Application of the Reasonable Use Doctrine in Riparian Rights and Groundwater Cases in the Last Decade."

Contact Section Administrator Brian Figot at or (248) 594-5950.





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