CBA Environmental Law Section Honors Environmental Leaders

The Connecticut Bar Association’s (CBA) Environmental Law Section honored Catherine Rawson, Attorney Gregory A. Sharp, and Penelope Chester Sharp (posthumously) with Clyde O. Fisher, Jr. Awards on Tuesday, June 18. The award recognizes individuals or entities who have made a significant contribution to the preservation or enhancement of environmental quality through work in the fields of environmental law, environmental protection, and environmental planning.

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Member Spotlight: John P. Casey and Evan J. Seeman

CBA members John P. Casey and Evan J. Seeman of Robinson+Cole helped reopen the New London Harbor Lighthouse through representation in a pro bono litigation. The lighthouse has now been reopened to the public after four years, due to the City issuing a cease an desist order prohibiting public tours.

In 2015, neighbors of the lighthouse feared it would become a commercial tourist destination, causing the New London Maritime Society to be barred from hosting tours. Attorneys Casey and Seeman worked on the case from the initial appeal of the cease and desist order, which was initially upheld by the New London Zoning Board of Appeals, to an appeal of the Board’s decision to the Connecticut Superior Court that resulted in the order being over turned.

Attorney Casey concentrates his practice on land use and environmental matters, with particular emphasis on coastal management, development, permitting, and littoral and riparian water rights. Attorney Seeman concentrates his practice in land use and zoning, real property litigation, and municipal law. He is also a member of the CBA Planning & Zoning and Real Property Committees.

 

 

 

 

Section Spotlight: Environmental Law Section

Former US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator and Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Commissioner Gina McCarthy addressed an audience of 200 environmental professionals at the Connecticut Science Center on Thursday, March 22. The Environmental Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA), Connecticut Environmental Forum (CEF), Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP-CT), and Environmental Professionals’ Organization of Connecticut (EPOC) hosted the sold-out event, “An Evening with Gina McCarthy.”

During her lecture, McCarthy shared her views of the current and future state of environmental regulations at the local, regional, national, and international levels. “It is a difficult time but we must feel positive about the world and the future,” expressed McCarthy. “We have the rule of law on our side and that is what matters and that is what will prevent us from going backwards.”

McCarthy served as the EPA administrator from 2013-2017 and CT DEEP commissioner from 2004-2009. She has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 35 years. Currently, McCarthy serves as director of Harvard Chan’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, and is a professor at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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(Pictured L to R) SWEP-CT Co-chair Jane Kimball Warren, CBA Environmental Law Section Chair M. Anne Peters, EPOC Executive Director Seth Molofsky, Event Speaker Gina McCarthy, CEF President Todd Berman, and SWEP-CT Board Member Jordana Langford, at “An Evening with Gina McCarthy.”
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Event speaker Gina McCarthy shared her views of the current and future state of environmental regulations.