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Message from the President

Welcome from the ACOEL President

Welcome to the new website of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.  I am Mary Ellen Ternes, a partner in the law firm of Earth & Water Law and the current President of the College.  I am pleased to introduce you to the College and our activities.

We are a professional, volunteer association of lawyers practicing in the field of environmental law.  Our members include the top environmental lawyers in government service, public interest, academia and private practice.  Each of our members has achieved recognition in environmental law through practice over a minimum 15-year period.  Membership in the College is by invitation only, and requires nomination and review by peers who are preeminent in their field of practice.  The College seeks to improve the ethical practice of environmental law, the administration of justice and the development of environmental law.  We meet together annually to participate in continuing legal education programs and advance the work of our various committees whose efforts are ongoing throughout the year.

Our new website is designed to provide useful information to the public and also serve as an information platform for the College’s members.  I encourage you to read the blog posts on the website which represent the insights of our members on current hot topics in environmental law.  Because our members have varying experiences and opinions, you may or may not agree with the author’s opinions in any particular blog.  But the blogs are always educational, and often provocative in order to stimulate thoughts and insights into current topics.

Our website also contains information about the public interest initiatives that the College is undertaking.  We perform pro bono work not only in the United States, but also in other countries whose environmental laws are less developed than our own.  We hope through these efforts to improve the global environment while encouraging adherence to the rule of law.  Our website also details the mission, activities and membership of our various committees whose ongoing work is designed to advance the College’s mission.

You can find out more about the College and its activities by clicking the “About Us” tab on the website.  The website also explains the objectives and activities of our associated charitable Foundation.  And if you would like to be in touch, just click the “Contact Us” button and proceed from there.  We welcome you to the College’s new website, and hope you will return often to read the latest blog or learn the progress of our pro bono and other activities.