We here at Environmental Law News are pleased to report that our colleague, William L. (Bill) Penny, is the new chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER). He is the first Tennessean to lead this prestigious legal professional membership group. His tenure as chair began during the ABA Annual Conference earlier this week.
A longtime Nashville resident and native Tennessean, Bill has practiced environmental law and litigation for more than 30 years and is a member of Stites & Harbison’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Service Group.
His previous ABA SEER positions include vice chair, chair-elect and budget officer. He will serve as chair through July 2014.
“The practice of environmental, energy and resources law continues to evolve as we encounter new environmental and political challenges,” said Bill. “Lawyers are now practicing in the areas of climate change and sustainability, which were only conceptual areas of law a few years ago. While the mainstream environmental practice will continue, our ABA section will review, evaluate and position ourselves to meet the needs of an ever-changing legal environment, locally, nationally, and internationally.”
Active in all levels of bar associations, Bill served as the first chair for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section, and the first chair for the Nashville Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee. Internationally known, he recently addressed the Canadian Bar Association’s National Environmental, Energy ,and Resources Law Section in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, on environmental energy and resources legal issues in the United States.
Bill also served as general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation. He teaches Environmental Law and Administrative Law at The Nashville School of Law, is an avid bluegrass fan and a self-described “rabid” University of Tennessee football fan. He has been repeatedly featured in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Mid-South Super Lawyers, and other national and international rating services.
We are proud to call Bill a friend and colleague, and look forward to following his incredible work in this important leadership position–and of course, we’ll share it all with you here. Stay tuned!