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The purpose of this Section shall be to bring together such members of the New York State Bar Association as are interested in environmental, land use, energy, health and safety and related issues and topics, to further the education of the legal community, the public and governmental and elected officials on legal, administrative and policy matters relating to such issues, to facilitate the making of public policy, and to provide networking opportunities between and among attorneys in private practice, government, corporations and consulting firms.

Meet the Chair

Howard Tollin is chair of the Environmental & Energy Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

He is president of Sterling Environmental and Professional Services, and executive vice president of SterlingRisk. He consults with clients and lawyers for clients on unique risk management solutions to address business, real estate, and gas station issues, which include environmental, professional and construction exposures. He also coordinates risk management and insurance for environmental consultants and construction companies, which includes the review of contracts.

He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.

Contact the Environmental & Energy Law Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Amy Jasiewicz
(518) 487-5682

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NY Environmental Lawyer

The New York Environmental Lawyer features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of environmental law on various topics including climate change, brownsfields, pollution, air quality, wetlands and superfunds. Regular columns include  recent administrative and judicial cases, ethics issues, EPA and DEC updates and Section news. Edited by Miriam E. Villani, Esq., (Editor-in-Chief), Justin M. Birzon, Esq. (Issue Editor), Prof. Keith Hirokawa (Issue Editor), and Aaron Gershonowitz, Esq. (Issue Editor), The New York Environmental Lawyer is published by the Environmental Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

The New York Environmental Lawyer is published as a benefit for members of the Environmental & Energy Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission.
© New York State Bar Association. All rights reserved. ISSN 1088-9752 (print)    ISSN 1933-8538 (online)

To receive your issue of The New York Environmental Lawyer in an electronic format only, send an email to NYSBA’s Member Resource Center at

The New York Environmental Lawyer encourages article submissions on topics of interest to members of the Section. Writing an article for a NYSBA Section publication is a great way to get your name out in the legal community and advertise your knowledge. Our authors are respected state-wide for their legal expertise in such areas as climate change, brownsfields, pollution, air quality, wetlands and superfunds.

MCLE credit may also be earned for legal-based writing directed to an attorney audience upon application to the CLE Board. NYSBA Guidelines for Obtaining MCLE Credit for Writing as well as a Publication Credit Application are available.

If you have written an article and would like to have it considered for publication in The New York Environmental Lawyer, please send it in electronic document format (pdfs are NOT acceptable), along with biographical information any to its Editors:

Miriam E. Villani

Justin M. Birzon, Esq.

Prof. Keith Hirokawa

Aaron Gershonowitz





To honor distinguished service to the protection of the environment.

To recognize a member of the Environmental Law Section for outstanding contribution to the Section’s work and activities.

This fellowship program is designed to encourage minority law students to enter the field of environmental law.

This annual competition is designed to challenge law students to analyze the environmental issues confronting us today.


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