Letter From The Chair Of The Special Committee On Homeland Security Of The American Bar Association Section Of Environment, Energy, And Resources To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

2005-07-01 01:00

The Special Committee on Homeland Security (HS) provides a forum for lively
discussion of evolving HS regulations and national and state policy. Our focus
is grouped into four general areas: (1) the emergencies and disasters practice;
(2) the travel and transportation practice; (3) the research and technology
practice; and (4) the threats and protection practice.

I hope you'll join us at the upcoming 2005 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago to
be held August 4-9 where among over 100 quality CLE programs, the ABA is
presenting programs on HS. A complete listing is available at href="http://www.abanet.org/annual/2005/"
target="\'_blank\'">http://www.abanet.org/annual/2005/.

Another opportunity for your professional development is the 13th Section
Fall Meeting of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) to be
held September 21-25 in Nashville. Among other activities, committee members
will be joining each other for dinner and co-hosting a panel addressing
transportation of hazardous materials. We will also host an informal committee
roundtable where you can meet other committee members and get involved.
Registration and other information will be available on our section web page ( href="http://www.abanet.org/environ/calendar/home.html"
target="\'_blank\'">http://www.abanet.org/environ/calendar/home.html).

There are many other opportunities for participation and meeting your fellow
HS practitioners through CLE program coordination, public service, authorship,
and committee leadership. The most recent issue of our committee newsletter is
available on our web site at href="http://www.abanet.org/environ/committees/homelandsecurity/newsletter/"
target="\'_blank\'">http://www.abanet.org/environ/committees/homelandsecurity/newsletter/.
The newsletter informs our members of committee activities and important HS
legal developments semi-annually. Increasing our readership, we will soon be
publishing a joint HS newsletter with the ABA Section of Administrative Law and
Regulatory Practice.

Also, please look for coverage of HS in the annual the SEER Year in Review
mailed each spring. NR&E is the Section's quarterly magazine full of
practical, informative articles for practitioners. During the summer, the
committee will be soliciting ideas for articles for a proposed issue devoted to
Homeland Security that would be published in 2006. Following up on our
successful Quick Telephone Conference regarding protection of energy facilities,
we will be holding a second conference addressing protection of sensitive
security information.

I invite you to participate in these activities or to take advantage of our
educational opportunities. I'd be happy to talk with you about how you'd like to
get involved. My e-mail address is target=_new>joan.krajewski@aa.com.