The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is a professional association of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental law.  Membership is by invitation and members are recognized by their peers as preeminent in their field.  ACOEL members are dedicated to: maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law; the administration of justice; and the development of environmental law at both the state and federal level.

For more information please read the bylaws of the ACOEL as amended on October 19, 2012.


Pamela Giblin is a partner at Baker Botts. She has practiced environmental law since 1970 and has had extensive experience in advising clients on a broad array of environmental issues, including permitting, and acquisitions and enforcement under state and federal laws dealing with air, water and hazardous waste. She is the first woman to receive the Distinguished Lawyer Award from the Travis County Bar Association. 

President-Elect 2015: David B. Farer 

David B. Farer is the Chair of the Environmental Department at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP. Practicing environmental law since the mid-1980s, Farer concentrates on the impact of environmental laws on transactions, real property and redevelopment in New Jersey and around the nation, and has also been serving as special master in environmental disputes. As President-Elect, David will oversee the coordination and planning of the 2014 Annual Meeting, which he will host in his home town of New York City. He can be reached at dfarer@greenbaumlaw.com. 

Treasurer: Allan Gates

Allan Gates is a member of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard. He has served as defense counsel in hazardous waste and Superfund actions before state agencies, EPA, and in state and federal court, as well as counsel in air pollution, water pollution, toxic tort, wetlands, environmental impact statement and coastal management disputes and litigation. He can be reached at agates@mwlaw.com.


 Secretary: James A. Bruen

James A. Bruen is a partner in Farella Braun + Martel's Environmental Law Department and Product Law     Department. Mr. Bruen has more than 40 years of criminal and civil litigation and business counseling experience.  His practice includes representation of industry, universities and governmental institutions in complex domestic  and international products and environmental counseling and litigation. He can be reacehd at JBruen@fbm.com.


Immediate Past President: Seth D. Jaffe 

Seth D. Jaffe is a Partner in the law firm of Foley Hoag LLP. His work in the Environmental Practice Group includes representation of clients in the permitting/licensing of new facilities and compliance work, including matters under federal and state Clean Air Acts, Clean Water Acts, RCRA, and MEPA/NEPA. He has particular expertise in matters related to development, permitting, and compliance for energy facilities. Jaffe has experience in matters under federal and state Superfund laws, including representation of clients in defense of proceedings brought by the government or private parties and representation of plaintiffs seeking recovery of response costs or property damage. He is currently involved in the development of regulations and guidance implementing climate change legislation in Massachusetts. Jaffe is one of the authors of the blogwww.lawandenvironment.com. He can be reached at sjaffe@foleyhoag.com.

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