Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section


Exchanges information and ideas among Minnesota lawyers active in environmental and natural resources practice, and educates members of the section with respect to environmental law issues.


The Section, either alone or in tandem with local or national bar associations, sponsors seminars and informational exchanges, and publishes a newsletter to keep its members abreast of developments in these fast-changing fields. 

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2015 Summer Clerkship

Employer:  Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Office of General Counsel
Title:  Law Clerk
Description:  Assist with a variety of legal matters, which may include assisting MPCA staff members with rulemaking proceedings, assembling administrative records, drafting memoranda, and general legal research on a wide variety of environmental law issues.

Position Type:  Law Student
Practice Area(s):  Environmental Law
Desired Class Level(s):  Rising 2L or Rising 3L
Salary:  $3,000 for employment in June through August, 2015 courtesy of a grant provided by the Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Office of General Council
520 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume, List of three References, Unofficial Transcript and a Writing Sample

Posted On:  April 7, 2015

Applications Accepted Until:  April 17, 2015

Submit Applications to:
Tram Nguyen
Section Services Manager
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN  55402
(612) 278-6316


Attorneys Jeremy Greenhouse and Susan Wiens receive MSBA Wiblishauser Award

Jeremy Greenhouse and Susan Wiens have received the Wiblishauser Award for their Bench & Bar article, There’s Sand in Them Thar Hills: Minnesota Races to Regulate Frac Sand Mining.

The Wiblishauser Award is named after the late Elmer Wiblishauser, a long-time member of the Publications Committee and one-time Treasurer of the MSBA who championed establishment of an award to recognize outstanding contributions to Bench & Bar. 

Jeremy Greenhouse is a partner at The Environmental Law Group Ltd. in Minneapolis, having joined the firm in 2012 after prior experience in the Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources Group at Dorsey & Whitney and as founding partner of Greenhouse & Gram LLC.  A member of the Section Council for MSBA’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section , he writes a monthly “Environmental Law Update” for Bench and Bar and maintains an environmental law blog, Fire on the River. He is past editor of the Federal Bar Association’s Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources newsletter.

Susan Wiens has been of counsel with The Environmental Law Group, Ltd. since February 2014, having begun her environmental law career in 1989 in the Environmental Law Group at Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly.  She later transferred her environmental law practice to Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & Kaufman, Ltd. and joined the Minneapolis law firm Greene Espel, PLLP, in 1996, where she became a partner in 1997. Susan switched gears in 2002 becoming Vice-President of Operations for a privately held company in the legal services sector, returning to law practice in 2008 when she opened her own firm.

2014 ENRE Clerkship

Jimmy Greenblatt was the 2014 recipient of the ENRE sponsored clerkship grant.  He is a dual degree student at the University of Minnesota pursuing a J.D./M.B.A.  The grant enabled Jimmy to work at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office working on environmental and energy issues involving environmental impact studies, ordinance updates, household hazardous paint disposal and many others.  In addition to research, Jimmy was able to participate with other law clerks in activities such as a tour of the MISO facility and a lunch with Chief U.S. District Court Judge, Michael Davis.

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