Updated: June 16, 2022

Environmental & Land Use Law Section

The Environmental and Land Use Law (ELUL) Section represents a diverse membership with individuals who are often on different sides of an issue, but who are all committed to civil and professional cooperation for the protection and enhancement of shared communities. The ELUL Section provides benefits to members by initiating, implementing, and supporting opportunities for the interchange of ideas surrounding environmental and land use law. To further discussion among members, the ELUL Section hosts an annual midyear CLE conference each spring and Mini-CLEs throughout the year. It also supports law student development by providing scholarships and hosting networking events that create opportunities for law students to meet legal professionals.

The ELUL Section helps members keep up with this rapidly developing area of law. Accordingly, it regularly publishes information and provides access to scholarly analyses of fundamental and emerging environmental and land use law issues. The ELUL Section website contains current, scholarly information on emerging trends in environmental and land use law, including analyses of cases, draft rules, and new statutes that affect this area of practice. During the legislative session, the ELUL Section shares information about bills that are relevant to environmental and land use law as a resource to further collaboration and discussion.

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Section Executive Committee Elections

The Section is conducting elections for open positions on the executive committee.

Voting is scheduled for June 6–19, 2022.

Candidate information, Open Positions, and Terms
For more information about the Section and its executive committee, please review the Section's bylaws. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by position.

Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Candidate 1: Molly Barker | Candidate materials 

     Candidate 2: Martha Wehling | Candidate materials

At-Large Member (three positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2025.

     Candidate 1: Brian Ferrasci-O'MalleyCandidate materials

     Candidate 2: Jason Foust Candidate materials

     Candidate 3: Michael Graves | Candidate materials 

     Candidate 4: Gabrielle Gurian | Statement of Interest

     Candidate 5: Austin Watkins | Statement of Interest

Questions? Contact sections@wsba.org.


Blog Editor Position Open

The WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section is writing to announce the departure of Andy King as a Blog Editor for the ELUL Section Blog and solicit interest to fill the this role.

Andy will be stepping down this summer as ELUL Section Blog Editor after serving for countless years. The Section is immensely grateful for his time commitment and hard work to assure quality prose for the Section Blog. The Section will miss him and wishes him the best in his future pursuits.

The ELUL Section is soliciting Section members to apply to fill this now open position. If you are interested, please submit a statement of interest and qualifications made up of 250 words or less to elularticles@gmail.com by no later than COB July 5, 2022. The new Blog Editor will be selected and notified no later than July 15, 2022, and the position will take effect immediately.


Advice for Law Students

The Environmental and Land Use Law Section Executive Committee has put together a collection of advice for law students. We hope you find this compilation of reflections and advice to be helpful as you navigate through the unique challenges of this unprecedented moment in history.


Get Involved!

Are you interested in speaking at a CLE seminar or in helping to organize a CLE? The section is always looking for ideas, speakers, and volunteers. To propose topics and speakers for our mini-CLEs, please contact an ELUL Executive Committee member.  To propose topics, speakers, or co-chairs for the ELUL's Annual Midyear Seminar, please contact Kyler Danielson. Co-chairs are selected in the fall of each year, and typically begin planning the next year’s Midyear Seminar toward the end of each current year.


The Benefits of Membership

The ELUL Blog

In 2020, ELUL shifted from a newsletter format to publication of articles on a blog. The blog is a free resource that provides updates and in-depth articles on cases, draft rules, new statutes, and other topics relevant to environmental and land use law practitioners. A host of talented and dedicated lawyers donate their time to make this publication the great success it is.

Spring 2017  │ Summer 2016  │  Spring 2016

November 2015  │  August 2015  │  February 2015

Archived issues are available to section members upon request. To request an issue, please email sections@wsba.org.

Midyear Seminar

Every year, the Section hosts a meeting that features a two-day CLE in a resort area in the state. The CLE program is carefully vetted through the Executive Committee to ensure that top-quality presentations focus on timely topics of current utility and interest to environmental and land use law practitioners. As most of us have practices that delve into the realms of both land use and environmental law, the CLE allows us to get up to date on both areas of the law. Again, opportunities abound to network in a relaxed atmosphere ideal for forging new friendships and working relationships. We work hard to keep the cost as low as possible for our members and provide scholarships to qualified individuals. Your dues make this possible.

Mini-CLEs

The Section provides its members with low-cost mini-CLEs to coincide with significant cases and topics relevant to environmental and land use practitioners. Please watch social media, the ELUL list serve, and this website for upcoming mini-CLEs, and please contact Martha Wehling to propose topics or speakers. Your dues make this possible. 

Sponsoring Law School Students in Internships

The Section helps sponsor internships in the fields of land use and environmental law to deserving law students at the three law schools in Washington. The Executive Committee believes it is important for the Section to help students find their way into practice areas that are highly specialized and in which it is sometimes difficult to find relevant experience. We hope that by helping law students in internships, we will help grow the highly skilled lawyers of the future. Your dues make this possible.

Special Projects

Giving back to the community is important. The Executive Committee in the past several years has developed a high school curriculum for Law Day specifically geared toward environmental and land use law, undertaken a project on sustainability of law office practices, and hosted numerous free brown bags on topics of interest such as I-297 and the Endangered Species Act. We have also sponsored Earth Day and Habitat for Humanity Work Days. Your dues make this possible.

Scholarship Information

The WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section solicits donations from law firms and section members to fund scholarships for its midyear meeting and conference held each spring. Scholarships serve an educational and charitable purpose by helping attorneys and law students attend the midyear conference and CLE who would not otherwise be able to attend.

Please Donate to the Scholarship Fund

To contribute to the ELUL Section Scholarship Fund, please donate online or contact the Washington State Bar Foundation. Donations are fully tax-deductible.


Executive Committee 

Chair: Kyler Danielson  (2021-2022)

Chair-ElectDonya Burns (2021-2022)

Secretary: Caroline Cress (2021-2022)

Treasurer: Meghan Gavin (2021-2022)

Immediate Past Chair: Pat Spurgin (2021-2022) 

Board of Governors Liaison*: Hunter Abell (2021-2022) 

Young Lawyer Liaison: Gabrielle Gurian (2020-2022)

*Nonvoting member

Website, Communications, and Blog Editorial Board Liaisons: Donya Burns & Molly Barker

Mini-CLE Planning: Martha Wehling

Blog Editors*:Clifford Kato & Andy King

At-Large Members:
Molly Barker (2019-2022)
Meghan Gavin (2019-2022)
Martha Wehling (2019-2022)
Albert Chang (2020-2023)
Robie Russell (2020-2023)
Caroline Cress  (2021-2024)
Thomas Wilcox (2021-2024) 

The WSBA ELUL Executive Committee generally conducts meetings on the third Wednesday of each month, from 3-4 p.m. You may attend by phone by calling 866-577-9294 and using the passcode 5016511#. Please contact committee member for specific details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

For more information about the Executive Committee members, check out their biographies


Join Our List Serve and Follow Us on Social Media

To join the section list serve or for general section questions, please send your email address and bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact Section Chair, Kyler Danielson . The ELUL Section is on Facebook and LinkedIn; please follow us to receive the most recent updates.