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To: SEER Council
From: Kathleen Marion Carr, Publications Officer
Re: Publication Service Group
Date: July 17, 2009
This memorandum summarizes the activities of the Publication Service Group since my
April 15, 2009 report to Council.
Year In Review -- Joe Dawley, Section Coordinator
The YIR turned out exceptionally well and chapters but one were turned in (Environmental
Justice). The University of Tulsa law students undertake a great amount of work for the YIR to
be published, including cite checking, editing, and formatting. A marco software program could
possibly be purchased that would allow the students to automate a lot of the formatting. Joe
suggests that we give the University of Tulsa College of Law monies to purchase the product.
Kathleen has asked for more information on the cost of the software so that we may consider its
Joe responded to Kathleen’s request about compiling the YIR into five or more years in order to
make it more easily searched. Joe thought that it would be too large and unwieldy and hard to
download. Joe explained that we can already use the ABA’s Google search engine to search all
of the YIR back issues simultaneously. It may be just having more information on the YIR page
on how to do better searches. We also know from Section staff that there is little interest in
purchasing back issues of YIR, e.g., there are few sales of the current and prior years’ YIR from
the ABA Web Store.
Book Publications Board – Peter Wright, Chair
[Please see Peter’s report to Council wherein he discusses, among other things, the
reorganization of the Book Board and development of the Book Publishing Plan. ]
Book Sales through the end of May, 2009, brought in revenue of $101,631, expenses totaled
$56,096, and we realized a total net profit of $45,535 (44.8% profit margin). Production
expenses are those for Environmental Litigation Law and Strategy and production and printing
costs for Basic Practice Series: FERC, Second Edition. Some of these expenses should be offset
by Package Plan sales that will post in the month following publication.
Books in the pipeline are: The Evolution of Natural Resources Law is in the final stage of
editing; and Nanotechnology is in copy editing; the Endangered Species Act: Law, Policy, and
Perspectives, Second Edition is still being peer reviewed; and in development are Clean Air
Handbook, Third Edition and Brownfields, Third Edition.
Recently published books:
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Environmental Litigation Law and Strategy, Cary R. Perlman, Editor
Basic Practice Series: CERCLA: Comprehensive Environmental Response,
Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), Second Edition by Carole Stern Switzer
and Peter L. Gray
Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy, Donald C. Baur, Tim Eichenberg, and Michael
The Law of Environmental Justice: Theories and Procedures to Address
Disproportionate Risk, Second Edition, Michael B. Gerrard and Sheila R. Foster, editors
Books on the horizon are Basic Practice Series: Clean Air Act, Second Edition; Clean Water
Act, Third Edition; Green Buildings; Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields, Second
Edition; Handbook of Contemporary Environmental Constitutional Law; Media and the Law;
and Basic Practice Series: ESA, Second Edition.
Marketing: To date e-mail marketing has generated $30,000 in revenue through purchases at the
ABA Web Store.
Natural Resources and Environment --Christine Lebel, NR&E Executive Editor.
[Please see Christine’s report to Council.]
The Summer 2009 NR&E issue is entitled Money and the Environment. The next issue will be
the fall edition and is entitled Cutting Edge/Going Green.
Trends -- Channing Martin, Editor-In-Chief
[Please see Channing’s Report to Council and the work he is undertaking to transition his
editorial duties to Joe Dawley.]
The July/August 2009 issue featured the following articles:
“The shifting winds of global environmental leadership” by John Watson
“Views from the Chair” by Claudia Rast
Point Counterpoint: Ethanol Two Perspectives: “Food or fuel? It’s a false choice“ by
Christopher Standlee and “Ethanol is a false solution with unintended consequences” by
“17th Section Fall Meeting: Exceptional information and insight for your Ppactice” by
Soapbox: “Ethics and climate change: What’s a good environmentalist to do?” by
Jason R. Busch
“Integrating renewable energy into the electric grid: Challenges and opportunities” by
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Committee Newsletters - Kyle Danish, Newsletter Coordinator
For 2008-2009 the Section has issued 42 newsletters compared with 46 at this time last year
(even if the committees co-produced a newsletter I counted it the same way for both years). The
committees issuing newsletters are:
Agricultural Management Committee
Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems
Environmental Enforcement and Crimes
Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts
International Environmental Law
Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know
State and Regional Environmental Cooperation
Water Quality and Wetlands
Special Committee on Nuclear Power
Marine Resources Committee
Native American Resources
Water Resources Committee
Environmental Impact Assessment
Innovative, Management Systems and Trading
Ten committees participated in the Energy Committees Newsletter. A number of other
committees participated in joint committee newsletters.
Committees that have not yet published newsletters this year are:
Smart Growth and Urban Policy
Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation
Public Land and Resources
Science and Technology
Best Newsletter Articles Committee- No new update.