LexisNexis Environmental Law & Climate Change Community is honoring a select group of blogs that set the online standard for our practice area. I’m pleased to notify you that Ohio Environmenal Law Blog is one of the nominated candidates for the LexisNexis Top 50 Environmental Law & Climate Change Blogs for 2011. http://www.lexisnexis.com/COMMUNITY/ENVIRONMENTAL-CLIMATECHANGELAW/blogs/topblogs/archive/2011/01/24/LexisNexis-Top-50-Blogs-for-Environmental-Law-_2600_-Climate-Change-2011-Nominations.aspx.

I received an e-mail from Lexis/Nexis today about this blog’s nomination as a Top 50 Environmental Law & Climate Change blog for 2011.  I previously provided a link to the other nominated blogs which contain high quality content.  As a reader of this blog, if you would like to provide comments to LexisNexis on this or any other nominated blog, see the message and link below. 

Dear Joe:

For the first time, the

 We are asking our online community for their input on our list of nominees, and also welcome comments from your readers. If you’d like to request their support for your nomination, please ask them to comment on ELCCC’s announcement post at the following link:


The deadline for comments is 28 February 2011.



Its nice to receive recognition every now and again.  Since starting my blog almost three years ago I have met a number of interesting business contacts, clients, reporters and people just interested in the topics I cover.  That has been the most rewarding part of the process.  

However, its still nice to be recognized as putting up quality content by independent publishers with a good reputation.  LexisNexis is currently developing its list of the top 50 blogs covering environmental and climate change topics. 

Despite LexisNexis close connection to the law, the list is by no means limited to law blogs.  Included on the list are blogs focusing on advocacy, science, policy and international topics. If you work in the environmental field or you just have a passion for it, this is a great list of blogs to follow.  I regularly read a number of them.  (Click here for the "LexisNexis Nomination for Top Environmental and Climate Change Blogs")

Below is the company’s description of their selection process and next steps in finalizing the list for best environmental and climate change blogs.

The environmental law and climate change practice area is part of an evolving phenomenon that is being touted in some circles as the next Rule of Law. Nowhere is this global renaissance more apparent than the blogosphere, which has spawned a surprisingly large (and growing) number of blogs in every conceivable niche category.  For the first time, this Community will recognize the thought leaders who share their expertise-and their divergent points of view-with the online world by awarding an honorary designation to the Top 50 Blogs for Environmental Law & Climate Change.

As many of you know, there are blogs, and then there are blogs. As we consider blogs for membership in ELCCC’s Top 50, we look for timely topics, quality writing, frequent posts and that certain something ‘extra’ that keeps a web audience coming back for more. Our readers have come to expect nothing less, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

An initial list of nominees for ELCCC’s Top 50 blogs for 2011 is set forth below. We welcome and encourage your input. If a blog you like isn’t included, post a comment to let us know and we’ll add it to the list. We’re always looking for new voices with something interesting to say about environmental law and climate change.  

Our top blogs campaign will move ahead in several phases. We’ll start with a comment period that starts today and ends on 14 February, during which we will take additional top blog nominations. From the final list of nominees, we will select the Top 50 Environmental Law & Climate Change Blogs for 2011. Thereafter, we’ll put the matter to a vote and ask all of you-our Community-to pick the Top Blog of the Year.

Since this is about the 1 year anniversary since I launched my blog, I thought it was nice to see a fellow blogger has included Ohio Environmental Law Blog as one of the fifty best environmental blogs available.  Check out the list of the 50 Best Environmental Law Blogs as compiled by E-justice.  Its a good list of other sites, many of which I read to keep up on the latest happenings. 

Also, thanks to my readers.  It has been a great year.   I have had well over 17,000 different people visit my site.  Many have returned many times.  I have had interviews with Newsweek, Inside EPA, trade publications, and local newspapers.  Earlier this year I even had a clerk for a federal judge ask for more information about one of my posts.   Most of all I have enjoyed providing my viewpoints and updating readers on developments in this exciting area.

There has been certainly no shortage of developments in the environmental and green fields.  With serious consideration of climate change legislation it is an exciting time for all who work in the field.  I’m always open to suggestions and your comments, so keep them coming. 

Thanks again…

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I was asked by a reader (Associate Law Professor at UT) to provide a free advertisement about a fellowship program for lawyers interested in teaching energy law.  I don’t put advertisements on  my blog, but I thought this may be an interesting opportunity for some of my readers.  The information below was provided by my reader.

The University of Texas School of Law is seeking applicants for an energy law fellowship. Fellows will be jointly affiliated with the Law School’s Emerging Scholars Program and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Fellows do not need to have a specific interest in security issues.

The Emerging Scholars Program offers two-year fellowship to help attorneys prepare for tenure-track faculty positions in U.S. law schools. The Program is designed to give talented attorneys the chance to develop a scholarly agenda and publish one or more articles in preparation for the academic job market. Fellows will be full participants in the rich intellectual life of the Law School, and will receive substantial faculty assistance with their projects.

(see the extended entry for more information)



Continue Reading University Texas Law School Offers Fellowship in Energy Law

Today, I am excited to launch a new blog dedicated to discussion of environmental legal and policy issues that impact or present implications to businesses and individuals living in Ohio.  My goal is to write my posts in a manner so that they will be accessible to individuals even if they do not have expertise in the field.  I hope to reach individuals in the business community, government, and the law grappling with environmental regulation or with an interest in the topic of environmental protection.  I hope my background provides readers with some unique insights into this complex topic. 

Posts may:

  • Discuss policy, current events and news related to environmental protection
  • Analyze the potential impacts of new environmental regulations
  • Identify significant new court decisions and discuss their implications
  • Provide updates or make observations regarding environmental programs and initiatives
  • Include opinions or observations relating to the general topic of environmental regulation

The site will be continuously updated.  Feel free to pass the site along to anyone you think may have some interest.  I would welcome your comments and suggestions.  I look forward to taking part in the virtual discussion of this fascinating and important topic.