8 Nat. Resources L. Newsl. 1 (1974-1975)

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At the annual meeting of the Section of Natural
Resources Law held in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mr. John B.
Howerton of Washington, D.C. assumed office as
chairman of the Section. His message to the Section
business meeting is featured in this issue, as well as a
complete list of all Section officers and Committee
  It was reported that preliminary ABA approval has
been received to hold a Bicentennial National
Institute on the Law of the Environment in April,
1976, at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Messrs. Carroll
L. Gilliam  and A. T. Smith are responsible for
developing the program.
  The outgoing chairman reviewed the activities of the
past year with respect to reports and resolutions of the
Section. As a result of the thorough and extensive
efforts by the Section members involved, all resolu-
tions proposed by the Section were approved by the
House of Delegates.
  The chairman of the Public Lands and Land Use
Committee reported that a conference on land use
legislation is proposed to be held in Washington, D.C.
in the spring of 1975, with a similar conference to be
held at a later date in the western part of the country.
  The chairman of the Water Resources Committee
reported on a proposed water resources conference to
be held during 1975 in either Denver or San
  In action begun by the Council at the annual
meeting and concluded by later mail vote the activities
of the Section with respect to environmental matters
was reorganized. Rather than operating through a
single committee, the environmental work of the
Section will henceforth be carried on through three
separate committees, the Environmental Quality
Committee, the Water Quality Committee, and the
Air Quality Committee. The officers of these
committees are featured elsewhere.


I have to admit that when I was elected vice chairman
of the Section at the San Francisco annual meeting, I
was somewhat cocky over the achievement.

  The apprenticeship of the past two years, however-
as vice chairman and chairman-elect-has had a
sobering effect. In that time I have come to realize the
great significance of the Section of Natural Resources
Law to the bar as well as to the layman. What area of
the iaw-indeed, what area of interest in our society as
a whole-is of greater importance than the use and
development of our natural resources in a way that is
compatible with the protection of our environment.
This Section is truly where the action isl
  The direction of the Section took a dramatic turn
several years ago when we embarked upon two
courses. First was the recognition of the environment
as one of our fundamental natural resources. The
second was the expansion of our program of
continuing legal education-the establishment of the
Natural Resources Lawyer and the sponsorship of
institutes and conferences. Although inevitable if the
Section was to maintain its stature, the change of
direction and shift in emphasis showed great foresight
and vision.
The father of the new movement was Jesse Luton,
one of our past chairmen. To his great credit, Jesse
insisted that, instead of commencing modestly and
working up to quality in our education functions, we
should set and hold high standards from the start. His
wisdom has paid off handsomely in the prestige of the
Journal and our institutes and conferences.
  But Jesse would be the first to admit that the time
  had been made ripe for his innovations by the policies
  of such of his predecessors as Howard Twitty, Carl
  Illig, Elmer Bennett and Hamilton Beebe. And the
  innovations would have died aborning had they not
  been built upon and expanded by his successors-
  Clair Nelson, John Tippit, Cecil Munn, Joe
  Hammond, Mike Ely, and Will Perry. There is not a
  Section in the American Bar Association that can
  boast chairmen of such sterling calibre.
  Our area of the law, however, is of such great
  moment to the profession and to society that we must
  continue to build upon the foundation laid during the
  past few years and explore ways of coping more
  effectively with our enlarged responsibilities. We are,
  in a sense, victims of our successes. We are still
  suffering growing pains and the constant challenges to
  the natural resources bar do not permit a slowdown in

Copyright  1974 American Bar Association

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