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ACOEL members contribute regularly to the ACOEL Blog, writing on topics of current interest in their respective fields. Recently-published blogs are featured below, or you can search the ACOEL blog archive using the search feature.


Current Blogs

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It ain’t over ‘til it’s over
May 25, 2022

Posted on May 25, 2022 by L. Mark Walker Twenty years ago I tried a jury trial which turned out to be a case study regarding the uncertainty of outcomes in litigation and the various twists and turns that lawsuits can take.  One of our local mediators often used...

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UN Special Rapporteur Targets ‘Sacrifice Zones’ Caused by the Ongoing Toxification of People and the Planet
May 19, 2022

Posted on May 19, 2022 by Susan Kath In his latest report, the sixth in a series of thematic reports, Professor David Boyd, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment celebrates a turning point in the evolution of human rights: the October 8, 2021 adoption by...


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Earthx2022 Law Symposium – April 21, 2022
April 1, 2022

Posted on April 1, 2022 by Allan Gates On April 21, Earthx2022 will feature a law symposium, entitled “Responsible Corporate Conduct and the Environment—The “E” of ESG.”  The symposium is...

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WOTUS: What to Watch For in 2022
March 30, 2022

Posted on March 30, 2022 by Chester Babst In 2022, the on-going debate will continue over the hotly contested definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), a phrase...

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SEC Proposes New Climate-Related Risk Disclosure Rule
March 23, 2022

Posted on March 23, 2022 by Karen Aldridge Crawford On Monday, March 21, 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced issuance of a proposed new climate-related financial risk...

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Attend the International Summit on Plastic Pollution
March 14, 2022

Posted on March 14, 2022 by Mary Ellen Ternes and Seth Jaffe The ACOEL wishes to invite you to attend virtually the International Summit on Plastic Pollution, From Research...

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Can Standing Trees Be Taken?
March 10, 2022

Posted on March 10, 2022 by Jeffrey Haynes A recent Sixth Circuit decision holding unconstitutional a municipal tree ordinance that required mitigation or payment as a condition of tree...

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Environmental Justice in New Jersey: Another Hurdle for an Applicant to Jump and an Opportunity for Enhanced Public Participation
March 10, 2022

Posted on March 10, 2022 by Edward A. Hogan In enacting its innovative Environmental Justice Law, the New Jersey state legislature declared, among other things, that: “all New Jersey...

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March 9, 2022

Posted on March 9, 2022 by Jim Blackburn The following narrative was written by ACOEL Fellow Jim Blackburn, and is an extension of the “virus vigil” that was begun...

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Escaping the Plastic Web: Global Resolution to End Plastic Pollution
March 7, 2022

image: UNEP/Shawn Heinrichs Posted on March 7, 2022 by Mary Ellen Ternes While tragic global events make all news seem bad, there was some great news last week. As...

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Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Net Zero
March 7, 2022

Posted on March 7, 2022 by J.B. Ruhl The Target near our home has a 20-unit Tesla supercharger station in the parking lot. I smiled the other day as...


December 1, 2021

December 1, 2021For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, DC): The ACOEL Foundation, created by the American College of Environmental Lawyers...

October 13, 2021

(Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to announce its newly elected Officers and Regents,...