7 Nat. Resources L. Newsl. 1 (1973-1974)

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      MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

The Section of Natural Resources Law will continue in
the coming year to be presented with a number of
opportunities for service to the bar and the public. The
Section has taken the lead in the American Bar
Association in recommending proposals to the Associa-
tion with respect to such matters as the problems arising
out of energy shortages, the utilization of the natural
resources of the sea, shortages of non-fuel minerals, the
proper utilization of our public lands and of our water
and timber resources and the ever present consideration
of proper balance between the use of our natural
resources and the protection of the environment.
  The American Bar Association through its Administra-
tion Committe has asked our Section to coordinate the
efforts of all other Sections and Committees of the
Association in proposing policies to the House of
Delegates of the American Bar Association with respect
to energy problems, and in doing so has asked the active
involvement of all members of our Section as well as
representatives of other Sections and Committees of the
Association. Procedures are being worked out to give all
of the members of our Section an opportunity to make
suggestions as to the proper legal approach to energy
shortages and future energy requirements, and you will
be hearing more about this later.
  Our Section has become involved in . veral additional
areas of natural resources law during the last year.
Committees dealing with electrical power, overseas
mineral resources and shortages of supply of non-fuel
minerals were started during the last American Bar
Association year, and these committees have added a
great deal to the ability of the Section to deal with the
interrelated problems of the proper use and conservation
of our natural resources.
  The activities of the Environmental Quality Commit-
tee have continued to expand, and it is the largest
committee of the Section. It has planned and had this
fall the third in a series of National Institutes that
have over the last three or four years contributed
substantially to the expanding field of environmental
law.
  The Section is fortunate indeed to have as the Editor
of the Natural Resources Lawyer this year Dean Joseph


W. Morris of the College of Law of the University of
Tulsa. The practice of having the Chairman-Elect of the
Section serve as Editor of the Section's journal, the
Natural Resources Lawyer, has been discontinued to give
the Chairman-Elect an opportunity to take a more active
part in administrative affairs of the Section and to make
the transition from the office of Chairman-Elect to
Chairman a smoother one. Dean Morris is extremely well
qualified for the job, and we are grateful for his
willingness to take on the responsibility.
  The Section is also fortunate to have John Rebman of
Houston continue as Editor of the Newsletter. He will be
ably assisted by Bernard Foster Ill, and Fred Ritts, both
of Washington. Members of the Section are encouraged
to supply Mr. Rebman or his assistant editors with
information that would be of interest to our Section and
that would be suitable for printing in the Newsletter.
  The chairmen and vice chairmen of the various general
committees of the Section are all outstanding lawyers in
the respective fields of law with which their committees
are involved, and their service to the Section is much
appreciated. Members of the Section who wish to take
an active part in the affairs of the Section have the
opportunity to do so through the various general
committees, and the best way to get involved is to
communicate directly with the chairman of the commit-
tee of your choice and tell him of your interest and what
you would like to do.
  The practice of having a relatively large General
Advisory Committee, begun last year by Mr. Northcutt
Ely, the Last Retiring Chairman, will be continued. The
members of that committee consist of certain of the
former chairmen of the Section and of other persons
who have distinguished themselves in the practice of the
law or in government, industry or academic positions.
Their advice will be actively sought and appreciated
during the coming year.
  The Section continues to have a large number of
  members from tile Law Student Division of tile Amer-
  ican Bar Association, and their interest and participation
  in Section activities are welcomed and appreciated.
  Due in large part to the untiring efforts of our
  Membership Chairman, John A. Ward Ill, the number of

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Copyrightę 1973 American Bar Association

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