27 Looking Ahead 1 (1995-1996)

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N by Philip A. Fleming'

      S hen I became a
new member of the Section
about 15 years ago, I was
told that there would be
many opportunities to pur-
sue professional interests
and personal goals, that the
Section supported, its mem-
bers, and, in addition, that
the work of the Section
would be substantively
interesting and perhaps
even challenging. I found
the Section to be open,
friendly, and collegial, and it
did fulfill its promises to
   As we begin a new ABA
year, we do so ai a time
when much of the substan-
tive law that our members interpret
and apply is undergoing potentially
massive changes in Congress, in the
courts, and in the states. In addition, if
Congress enacts regulatory reform leg-
islation, all who engage in the regula-
tory process will of necessity have to
become more familiar with the prqvi-
sions on risk assessment and cost/ben-
efit analysis that are contained in the

Philip A. Fleming practices with
Crowell & Moring in Washington,

major bills as of this writing inJune.
While the ABA does.not have a posi-
tion on the use of these powerful tools,
my personal view is that both should
be'used more in federal rulemaking,
but both require assumptions and
value judgments that limit their use-
fulness. For this reason, I hope that
whatever legislation emerges will not
be as overly prescriptive as some of the
initial proposals, and that it will
include language requiring the values
and assumptions used in both risk

         assessments and economic
         analyses to be made explicit.
            While all the foregoing
         substantive and procedural
         law changes challenge us indi-
         vidually and collectively as we
         seek to equip all SONREEL
         lawyers to better serve their
         clients, our Section has extra-
         ordinary resources. Our
         14,000 members have vast
         experience in all the substan-
         tive areas embraced by our
         energy, environmental, natural
         resource, and general commit-
         tees. NAe are from 43 states
         and four other countries, and
         we know the economic and
         social landscape of our home
         locales. We see the effects of
         local, state, national, and
         international policies on
         advantaged and disadvantaged
clients and on our firms and employees.
Some of us hold, or have held, impor-
tant positions in federal, tribal, and state
governmeints. Our practices take us all
over, and many transactional energy
lawyers these days travel to all comers
of the globe. And, our.political views
cover the spectrum.
   What we do with our experience can
make a difference. We reorganized the
Section's leadership and staff responsi-
bilities under Kinnan Golemon's leader-
ship this past year; expanded the

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N by Parthenia B. Evans

      he Section's leadership is pleased
 to announce the approval by counsel
 of a five-year Strategic Plan to move
 the Section successfully into the 21st
   The Strategic Plan reflects the
 Section's new mission:
   To be the nationalforum for lawyers
 working in areas affecting natural
 resources, energy, and the environment;
 committed to providing member and
 public services to enhance professional
 skills, development, and dialogue.
   To help achievethis mission the
 plan sets forth the following seven
 * Goal I: We will equip'lawyers to bet-
   ter serve their clients.

 Pathenia B. Evans practices with
'Stinson, Mag & Fizzell, PC., in
Kansas City, MO.

* Goal 1I: We will attract and retain
   members and increase our diversity
 , 'Goal ill: We will strengthen our
  Goal IV: We will increase our visibil-
 * Goal V: We will grow good leaders.
 Goal VI: We will increase our
   involvement in the ABA.
 * Goal VII: We will determine what
   our public service ought to be and
   assist members in meeting public
   service goals.
   In developing the objectives for the
plan, the Strategic Planning Team care-
fully evaluated who the members of
the Section are and what services are
needed and valued.

Achieving Our Goals
Goals I and II are chiefly being imple-
mented.by the Section's Service
Groups: Education, Publications, and
Membership. The newletter's Outreach

column discusses in more detail how
the Service Group chairs are fulfilling
their mandates for achieving these
   The remainder of the goals give
expression to the Section's commit-
ment to look ahead and beyond the
immediate future to ensure the Section
can well serve future generations of
lawyers. These lawyers will find it
essential to participate in a worldwide
network of lawyers. The Section is
committed to increasing its participa-
tion in a wide range of activities on a
local, national, and international level.
   Equally important is the Section's
goal of fostering good leaders. For this
reason, the Section believes it essential
to identify members, through the com-
mittee structure, who can be the next
generation of Section leaders. The
Section is achieving this goal through a
host of activities designed to work

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Meeting] the Rext Centary

SONREEL's Strategic Plan Is Put into Action


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