29 Looking Ahead 1 (1997-1998)

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Views from the Chair

Section Mees Chaenges of Change

E by Carol E. Dinkins

     ractitioners in the substantive
areas that fall within the Section's
purview recently have seensignificant
changes in their field and they antici-
pate more to come. During the next
5Tear, the Section will forecast such
changes, incorporate instruction about
those'that have alreadyoccurred, and
provide tools and information to aid
its members in meeting these new
challenges in their practice.
   Two of the Section's principal meet-
ings-the Annual Section Fall Meeting
scheduled for Asheville, North
Carolina, October 15-19, 1997, and
the annual environmental meeting at
Keystone, Colorado, March 12-15,
1998, will focus on practice changes
to fulfill this commitment to Section
members. The theme of the Section

Carol E. Dinkifis is Chair of'the
Section. She is a partner at Vinson &
Elkins L.L.P in Houston, TX.

Fall Meeting is The Challenge of
Change-Retooling Professional Skills
for the Millennium. At Keystone, one
session will address environmental
expertise for the future and another,
changing needs of corporate counsel.
   To align committee actiFities with
developing practice areas, the Section
has reorganized to account for the
deregulation and restructuring of the
electric and natural gas tndustries;
emphasize business transactions in all

areas; increase the attention paid solid,
industrial, and other hazardous
wastes; and address developments in
environmental auditing. Committees
are beginning to publish newsletters
for their members on a regular basis
and the Section has substantially
increased its use of Internet communi-
cation, with plans to enhance these
activities further.
   In the area of continuing-legal'edu-
cation, the Section wil .offer both
basic and advanced programs at its
annual meeting and other meetings.
Local programs, such as brown bag
lunch seminars, are being planned and
suggestions and assistance in organiz-
ing them will be most welcome. The
Section is expanding its book publica-
tion program'and solicits assistance in
project development, authorship, and
review. The Book Publications
Committee is considering books on
insurance coverage litigation and use
of expert witnesses, a series on basic
issues, and a nutshell series.

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Keeping Pace with Change

S ateic Plannin .Committee Forms Task Force on Future Direcions

* b~ Lynn L. Berpeson

    n a world where few generaliza-
tions an be made, one can be stated
with confidence: nothing remains the
same. The practice of law is no excep-
tion. Both the substance and practice
of law have changed radically over the
past decade, and so also have the needs
of legal practitioners.
   The collective law practice areas
suggested by our Section name-
Natural Resources, Energy, and
Environrnental Law-have been
uniquely and greatly impacted by the
maturing of environmental disciplines,
evolving scientific protocols and -
methodologies, legislative and admin-
istrative developments, and a renewed
interest in land use management and
environmental protections. These and
other changes demand that legal prac-
titioners in these areas revisit how they
pJractice law, for whom, and'with what
legal and scientific skills t~o keep pace
with these developments: -
   The Section,-similarly has made
great strides in anticipating changed,
member needs' in light of these devel-

Lynn L. Bergeson is a partner with
Bergeson & Campbell in Washington,
DC, and chair of the Section's Agricul-
tural Management Committee.

opmenfs. Indeed, the Section's
Strategic Plan was forged, in no small
part, in response to Section leader-
ship's recognition that the Section, as
any other service-oriented entity, must
accommodate its structure, goals, and
philosophy to best serve the needs of
its members.
   While the gowth of the Section's
committees over the years has been
positive and a clear reflection of the
success of the Section in accommodat-.
ing an ever changing law practice
landscape, the number of members
and the types of conmittees formed to
address new developments have result-
ed, in some instances, in redundancy
and other configurations thatmay not,
in all cases, fairly reflect the legal areas
in which we practice. In large part due
fo the shared recognition that the prac-
tice of law continues to evolve in the
disciplines our Section serves, the
Section's Strategic Planning
Committee, under the leadership of L.
Diane Schenke, launched an important
and timely initiative to evaluate the
Section's current structure and name.
   The Section's efforts tQ assess its
existing structure .began in earnest
more than a year ago. Because of a
perceived need to revisit certain com-
mittees' structure immediately and
define more precisely other commit-
tees' jurisdiction, Section leadership

sought recommendations from Section
practitioners on, how best to reconfig-
ure some committees, and jdentify
new ones. Committee struciure
changes were officially apprdved at the
Section's Spring Council meeting in
April. tFor complete details see the
organizational chart .on pages 4-5.1
Specifically, the following changes
were approved:
   - Energy Industry Restructuring,
Finance, Mergers, and Acquisitions
(formerly Electric Power)
   ,- Electric and Natural Gas
Marketing (fornerly natural Gas
Marketing and Transportation)
   - International Energy arid
Resources (merger of International
Energy Law and International
   - Petroleum Marketing (formerly Oil'
Refining and Marketing)
   - Mining (meger of Coal and Hard'
   Enviro   mentalTransactions and

Brownfields (mirger of Environmental
Quality and Bownfields Task Force)
    Toxic Torts and Environmental
Litigation.(merger.of Toxic and
Environmental Torts, and
Environmental Litigation Techniques)
   * Special Committee on Solid Waste

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