Monday, April 8, 2013

Spotlight: New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section Website

By, Glen Ahlers, J.D. Candidate 2014, Pace Law School


The New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Law section is sponsored by the New York Bar Association, and is an excellent resource for pointing a practitioner in the right direction.  The environmental section provides members with contact to a larger community of experienced practitioners and information.  Opening on the left of the homepage, is an easily negotiated navigation box including a “for attorney’s” tab.  The tab leads to an interior page containing nineteen hyperlinks to useful tools for the practitioner, along with brief descriptions for each.
Using the “sections” tab from the same homepage brings you to relevant environmental sources, including
The site also contains the section’s position on various New York state legislative and regulatory policies as well as its reports on climate change and climate change impact on New York ( .
The Environmental section’s internal site also contains links to relevant sections of the larger Bar Association website, including links to the unofficial New York State statutes, Loislaw, and other inexpensive or free resources for the thrifty practitioner.  Though these sites lack the frills of Westlaw and LexisNexis, they contain much of the same essential information and are equally useful to a practitioner willing to spend the little additional time required to master them.
The “blog” tab on the left opens an internal list of blogs maintained by the various sections of the New York State Bar Association, including the Committee on Animals and the Law Blog (, and the “Envirosphere” blog by the Environmental Law Section ( which is updated with some regularity and contains essential information to the goings on in the practice of Environmental Law in New York.


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