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2012 Distinguished Service Award Recipient Brian B. O'Neill and Sara Peterson, Section Chair (2011-12)

Brian and Sara
Photo by Eldon Kaul

At its annual Environmental Law Institute on April 19, 2012, the Environment, Natural Resources and Energy (ENRE) Section issued its seventh annual Distinguished Service Award to Brian O’Neill who practiced environmental law at Faegre Baker Daniel’s Minneapolis office and has been involved in a wide variety of environmental issues.  He is best known for his unwavering representation of native Alaskans and commercial fishing interests in over twenty-years of litigation against Exxon Petroleum arising out of the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez tanker grounding.  The ENRE Section’s Governing Council established the award to recognize a member of the bench or bar who has demonstrated a significant commitment and made an outstanding contribution to Environmental, Natural Resources or Energy Law in the state of Minnesota.  Past recipients are Alan C. Williams (2011), Byron E. Starns (2010), Grant Merritt (2009), Martha Brand (2008), Mac Hyde (2007), Charles K. Dayton (2006) and Eldon G. Kaul (2005).


2012 Student Writing Contest - Best Paper Award Recipient Bradley Hammer and Sara Peterson, Section Chair (2011-12)

Bradley and Sara
Photo by Eldon Kaul

As part of its continuing efforts to engage law students, the section puts out a call for student papers on environment, natural resources and energy topics.  The contest also provides the Bar with insight into emerging environment, natural resources and energy law issues and encourages scholarship in the field.  The section wishes to congratulate the top three award winners of the 2013 writing contest.  Honors went to John Ryan, (first place) for his article, Soil vapor migration in Minnesota brownfileds, Tom Burman (second) for his article, A taking of What?  How Extending Nollan and Dolan to Monetary Exactions will have a Significant Impact on the Effectiveness of Minnesota’s Wetland Conservation Act, and Tim Gorde (third) for his article, Using the Common Law to Fill a Regulatory Void: Can Common law Remedies Be Used Against Hydraulic Fracking Entities?  The Section greatly appreciates the participation of all twelve contestants and the superb quality of the articles.  The articles of the top three writers will be available on this website soon.






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