Environmental & Land Use Law Section
The Environmental and Land Use Law Section helps members keep up with this rapidly developing area of law. The section provides a variety of forums through which members can meet, exchange ideas, and learn from others who practice in the field. The section also sponsors law student internships and pursues a number of other community service projects.
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Apply to Serve on the Section Executive Committee
The nomination period is March 2–April 7, 2020.
For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section’s bylaws. Voting will begin in May 2020.
The following positions are open for applications. All terms begin Oct. 1, 2020.
- Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
- At-Large Member (two positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2023
Apply online through your myWSBA profile. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a statement of interest to be included with your application. These documents can be uploaded with your online application (PDF format only).
Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Anthony Jones. At minimum, we organize a mini-CLE held each December that traditionally focuses on ethics issues. To propose topics, speakers, or co-chairs for next year’s Midyear Seminar, please contact Elizabeth Tellessen. Co-chairs are selected in the fall of each year, and typically begin planning the next year’s Midyear Seminar towards the end of each current year.
The Benefits of Membership
The ELUL Newsletter
Published three times a year, the Newsletter 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. Member surveys and comments demonstrate that the newsletter is a valuable tool for many practitioners. A host of talented and dedicated lawyers donate their time to make this publication the great success it is. We are building an online Newsletter archive to bring you access to older newsletters. Your dues make this possible.
Archived issues are available to section members upon request. To request an issue, please email email@example.com.
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.
The Section provides its members, free of charge, an hour-long CLE presentation in the fall, winter, and spring. Following each CLE, we have a no-host reception to allow you to meet other members of the Section to network and sample some tasty hors d'oeuvres. 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.
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.
The WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law (ELUL) 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 2020 Scholarship Fund
Chair: Kelly Wood
Chair-Elect: Pat Spurgin
Secretary: Molly Barker
Treasurer: Meghan Gavin
Immediate Past Chair: Elizabeth Tellessen
Board of Governors Liaison: Dan Clark*
Young Lawyer Liaison: Caroline Cress (2018-2020)
Mini-CLE Planning: Anthony Jones
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
To join the section list serve or for general section questions, please send your email address and bar number to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact Section Chair Kelly Wood.