26 SONREEL News 1 (1994-1995)

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Calendar of Events Page 7
ABA Staff Page 7
SONREEL Organizational
   Chart Pages 8-9

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Using Our Bridges

By R. Klnnan Golemon
   Ausfin, Texas
It is a highlight of my legal career to
assume the role as Chair for 1994-
95, of the Section of Natural
Resources, Energy, and Environ-
mental Law (SONREEL). I also rec-
ognize that this honor by my peers
brings with it the responsibility to
listen to our members and to work
closely with the Section's leadership
to achieve improvements in the ser-
vice provided to members.
   The theme of bridge building has
been prominent under Frank
Erisman's leadership. This year, we
will be using this strong flexible
metaphor to establish improved and
new relationships within the Section
and the legal profession, as well as
with those in business, government,
and public interest areas who are
involved with natural resources
development, energy production,
and environmental protection issues.
   As we start the new ABA year, a
reorganization of the Section's lead-
ership and staff responsibilities has
been accomplished (as more fully
spelled out in the Organizational
Chart on pages 8 and 9). These
leadership and staff role changes are
the outgrowth of efforts by past
Chairs and Councils to ensure that
we more efficiently and effectively
utilize our resources - volunteer
hours and limited staff resources -
to maximize the benefits for those
who annually remit their member-
ship dues.
   Our service to grass roots mem-
bers will be of prominent impor-
tance this year. Building on last
year's experience, the Section will
expand the number of regional-
based environmental programs. We
additionally will address the possi-
bility of sponsoring similar programs
in other areas where it makes good
sense to bring together all interested
parties to discuss significant issues.
   One topic that we also will stress
in 1994-95, and in future years, is
our diversity. I consider diversity to
extend well beyond our commit-
ment to fulfill the extent of Goal IX
(the advancement of opportunities
for women and minorities to be

involved in Section activities). We
will ensure that our membership and
our leadership are truly reflective of
those within the profession, without
respect to their employer or particu-
lar point of view on any single issue.
Considerable progress has been
achieved. We take pride in this fact,
but we make the commitment to
accomplish more in future years.
   The work of the newly created
Strategic Planning Committee also
will be significant this year and in
the future. This Committee will
review the mission and long range
needs of the Section and recom-
mend programs and services to
implement these goals. This
Committee's efforts will ensure that
SONREEL continues to service our
members in innovative, timely, and
cost-effective ways.
   In view of our rapid growth in
recent years, one of my principal
goals is to work collectively to
enhance opportunities for participa-
tion by those that wish to volunteer
their time and energies for the bene-
fit of SONREEL's members. I am
encouraged by new membership
involvement in the following areas:
brown-bag lunches; regional-based
programs; new and expanded publi-
cation programs, including books,
monographs, the new journal-The
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