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Annual Business Meeting & Program

September 18, 2014An event offered in conjunction with the Bar's Annual Meeting

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Program: 1:30–4:45 p.m.
Business Meeting: 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
Registration is requested to allow for proper facilities planning. Visit the Bar's Annual Meeting page for more details.

Upcoming Lunchtime Webinars

July 15, 2014: Let the River Run Free—The Saga of the Pigeon River Dam Removal Litigation (2008-2014), Its Case History, and Ultimate Settlement

Speaker: Peter L. Gustafson, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Attorney for Intervening Plaintiffs Michigan Trout Unlimited and Pigeon River Country Association

Synopsis:  Mr. Gustafson will discuss the saga of the Golden Lotus Dam on the Pigeon River in Otsego County and its ultimate removal.  The presentation will include information on the nature of the dispute, one of many that has arisen in Michigan in recent years in connection with decisions whether to maintain or remove dams on our rivers, as well as the long procedural history through the courts and mediation, and will describe the eventual outcome and the status of work on the dam as it proceeds today.

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

July 31, 2014: Resource Extraction and Management in Michigan: Hot Issues

Three separate topics on Resource Extraction and Management will be addressed by three well-known authorities in their respective areas:

  • Mapping and Managing Michigan's Groundwater: John Yellich

Appointed director of the Michigan Geological Survey last October, John Yellich, a Michigan native, is an exploration, mineral development and environmental geologist with more than 40 years experience, who has worked in more than 30 states, as well as Canada, Australia and China. Before taking over as head of the Geological Survey, Yellich worked for Union Pacific, where he developed a business model for assessing corporate environmental liabilities associated with the Fortune 50 company's leased properties in 21 states.

  • Fracking Update: David Whitfield
    David Whitfield, an attorney with Warner Norcross & Judd, is a member of the firm's Litigation and Environmental Practice Groups and specializes in areas of commercial, business and oil and gas litigation, as well as oil and gas related regulation and transactions. He also advises and represents public utilities and other energy providers before regulatory agencies and state courts on complex litigation matters.
  • Update on New Mining Projects in the Upper Peninsula: Joe Maki
    Mr. Maki is a geologist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals, Upper Peninsula District.

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

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


Save the Date

October 28, 2014—Annual Joint ELS-AWMA Lansing Conference

Joint program with Air Committee and Air and Waste Management Ass'n, Lansing Community College, on topics of relevance to both groups, including policy and statutory updates.

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 September 18, 2014, at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids






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