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Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section

ENRE Section 2017 Clerkship Program – Request for Proposals

Proposals Due: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to
The Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy Law section of the Minnesota State Bar Association is seeking proposals for its 2017 Summer Clerkship Program.  The ENRE Section will provide a grant of up to $3,000 to support a law student summer clerkship in the fields of environmental or energy law with a governmental entity, non-profit organization, or law firm.  Organizations interested in hosting the 2017 clerkship should submit a proposal to by Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
Proposals must specify: (1) the proposed projects for the law student; (2) the anticipated time requirements; (3) any financial support the organization would provide (e.g., matching funds); and (4) the planned oversight/management of the student’s work.  The proposals should focus on projects with the opportunity to develop the student’s legal skills and knowledge of environmental or energy law.
All proposals will be reviewed by a Clerkship Committee consisting of members of the ENRE Section Council and the grant recipient will be selected by the ENRE Section Council.  After the grant recipient is identified, the Clerkship Committee will  solicit applications from law students and identify three finalists for the position.  The grant recipient will select from among the three finalists to fill the summer clerk position.
The grant will be available only for non-revenue generating projects (i.e., the student may not work on projects for fee-paying clients).  Proposals that would provide opportunities for multiple students are welcome.
Any questions should be directed to
The MSBA Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section seeks nominations for:  


Nominations Due: March 17, 2017

The Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) invites nominations for its thirteenth annual Distinguished Service Award.  The Section’s Governing Council established the award to recognize a member of the bench or bar who has demonstrated a significant commitment and made an outstanding contribution to Environmental, Natural Resources or Energy law in the state of Minnesota. The Council will select the award recipient, and the Chair of the Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section will present the award at the Thirteenth Annual Minnesota Environmental Institute seminar at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center in Minneapolis on April 20, 2017.  

Past recipients are Charles Nauen (2016), James Payne (2015), Beverly Cornerton (2014), Alan R. Mitchell (2013), Brian B. O’Neill (2012), Alan C. Williams (2011), Byron E. Starns (2010), Grant Merritt (2009), Martha Brand (2008), Mac Hyde (2007), Charles K. Dayton (2006) and Eldon G. Kaul (2005).  

Persons nominated for the award must have at least five years of experience in Environmental, Natural Resources or Energy law.  Nominees may qualify for the award by having engaged in activities that show dedication and commitment to, or extraordinary leadership and initiative in, the practice of Environmental, Natural Resources or Energy law.  Nominees need not be members of the Minnesota State Bar Association or the Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section.
A nomination should include the following:

1)  Nominee’s full name, employer, address, and telephone number;
2)  Nominator’s name, employer, address, and telephone number;
3)  A short narrative (not to exceed one single-spaced typewritten page) explaining the nominee’s qualifications; and
4)  Nominee’s resume (if available).
Nominations are due by March 17, 2017.  Nominations may be submitted via email or U.S. Mail to:
Minnesota State Bar Association
Attn: Tram Nguyen
600 Nicollet Mall #380
Minneapolis, MN  55402
Phone: 612-278-6316
Fax: 612-333-4927

Recap of Annual Update from Minnesota's Regulatory Agencies on November 1, 2016

The MSBA Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Section presented its Annual Update from Minnesota’s Regulatory Agencies on November 1, 2016.  Leonard Street & Deinard hosted the event, at which top state agency officials provided their perspectives on current and upcoming environmental, natural resource and energy issues in Minnesota.  Approximately 75 attorneys attended to hear from Department of Commerce Deputy Commissioner Bill Grant, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine, Department of Agriculture Commissioner David Frederickson, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, and Minnesota Environmental Quality Board Executive Director Will Seuffert. Many thanks our esteemed panel for their insightful presentations and to Leonard Street for hosting the event.  A video and electronic copies of presentation materials from this event are available on the CLE Materials/Videos page on this website. 

Recap of ENRE Law Student & New Lawyer Pizza Reception on October 18, 2016

On October 18, 2016, the section hosted a one-hour CLE program on “Community Solar Gardens”.  The goal of the CLE was to provide a discussion among three panelists on the current practice and constraints of solar gardens in Minnesota.  Following the CLE, the Section hosted a well-attended law student reception.
Many students and lawyers attended this October 18th event, which provided Minnesota law students with an opportunity to connect with local environmental, natural resources and energy lawyers.  The section extends its thanks to Dorsey & Whitney for hosting the event and to section liaison Tram Nguyen for coordinating it.  As noted at the event, the ENRE Section encourages students to join us as section members, attend our upcoming CLEs, and act as contributing writers for our website.  


2016 Writing Sample Winner

As part of its continuing efforts to engage law students, the section puts out a call for student papers on environment, natural resources and energy topics.  The contest also provides the Bar with insight into emerging environment, natural resources and energy law issues and encourages scholarship in the field. 

The section wishes to congratulate the top the winner of the 2016 writing contest. The honors went to Charlie Nelson for his article, Water Conservation Technology and ReformThe Section greatly appreciates the participation of all all contestants and the superb quality of the articles.  This article is also available under the "Publications" page on this website.