Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law  Section
Annual Report



Section Membership

As of June 11, 2020 the Section has 281 members.

Financial Status

The Section had an account balance of $23,470.61 as of April 30, 2020.

CLEs & Events

The Section hosted 7 CLEs and 1 social event in fiscal year 2019-20. 

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Tribal Food and Resource Sovereignty in the context of Climate Change (Co-sponsored with MAIBA)



1.0 Standard


Electric Vehicles - Regulations, Obstacles, and the Future in Minnesota



1.0 Standard


Environmental and Safety Law Compliance During COVID-19



1.0 Standard


Behind the Headlines - Proposed Amendments to CEQ’s NEPA Regulations (co-sponsored with University of Minnesota Law School Environmental and Energy Law Society)



1.0 Standard


2020 Update from Minnesota’s Environmental and Energy Agencies



2.5 Standard


Diversity and Inclusion in the Environmental Practice - Challenges and Opportunities



1.0 Elimination of Bias


ENRE Law Student Reception





The Public Trust Doctrine – The White Bear Lake Case



1.0 Standard



Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on May 5, 2020 by remote participation.

The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2021:

  • Paul Beck
  • Sarah Braman
  • Michael Cummings
  • Sam Ketchum
  • Allison Mitchell
  • Charles Salter
  • Kodi Verhalen
  • Elizabeth Wefel

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2021:

Chair: Rachel Kitze Collins                                   
Vice-Chair: Alison Martwtiz
Treasurer: Elise Larson                           
Secretary: Brian Bell
Immediate Past Chair: Elizabeth Henley

Diversity and Inclusion
What diversity and inclusion goals did the Section include in the 2019-2020 work plan, how did you approach these goals, and what was the result?

The Section has continued to focus on the Section’s diversity and inclusion plan. This year, the ENRE Section included the following diversity and inclusion goals in its Section plan, and engaged in a variety of actions to achieve these goals.

  • Encourage diverse representation on CLE panels and Council nominations. The Section focused on being inclusive to and engaging more people of color, women, and other diverse individuals on its CLE panels.
  • Explore CLE ideas that encourage new attorneys to present. The Section Council focused on gathering new ideas on CLE topics and presenters, and on partnering with other sections and affinity bar associations to co-host CLEs on a variety of topics.
  • Explore CLE partnerships with the affinity bars: The Section co-sponsored one CLE with MAIBA, and one with the University of Minnesota Law School’s Environmental and Energy Law Society
  • Hear from and take action on information shared by MSBA D&I Director, Athena Hollins: The Section Council received a presentation from MSBA D&I Director Athena Hollins, and outlined action steps for the Section to focus on following the presentation, including sharing information and partnership invitations with affinity bar groups and affinity law student groups, and offering free parking to law students and non-profit or public sector attorneys to be more inclusive in access to Section events.
  • Implement structures for regular change in leadership of section committees and CLEs to promote diversity, inclusion, and leadership opportunities: New Council members were encouraged to take leadership roles on Section committees.


    Other Section Accomplishments

  • Sponsor two legal summer interns from Minnesota law schools at non-profit or governmental entities practicing environmental, natural resources, or energy law: In summer 2020, the Section is sponsoring a legal intern at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and at Minnesota Land Trust.

Submitted By:

Elizabeth Henley, Section Chair
June 19, 2020