Nine Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers led by Austin Senior Counsel Jeff Civins updated chapters in the recently released 2017-2018 edition of the Texas Environmental Law treatise published by Thomson Reuters as Volumes 45 and 46 of its Texas Practice Series.
This comprehensive two-volume project comprising almost 2,000 pages, contains contributions from about 50 members of the State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section. Co-edited by Civins, Baker Botts partner Aileen Hooks and solo practitioner Mary Sahs, the book includes in-depth discussions of a range of topics relating to environmental law, as well as an overview of pertinent state agencies, administrative procedures, and enforcement.
“This is the definitive treatise on Texas environmental law and is used daily by practitioners across the state,” Civins said. “This was a team effort by many talented lawyers, including at Haynes and Boone, which also provided administrative support for the project.”
Other Haynes and Boone contributors include Austin Partners Mary Mendoza and Leslie Thorne; Dallas Partner Suzanne Murray; Houston Partner Michael Mazzone; Austin Counsel Jim Braddock and Carie McKinney; Dallas Associates Emily Buchanan and Phong Tran; Houston Associate Miles Indest; and Austin Legal Secretary Trudi Lehnhardt.
Substantive topics covered include: pollution programs, including not only those dealing with air and water quality and solid wastes, but also those dealing with drinking water protection and oil and hazardous substance spills; environmental programs, such as those that relate to water rights, conservation and land use; regulations governing asbestos, medical waste, radioactive materials and specific activities involving border issues, agriculture, oil and gas, mining, and renewable energy; and topics of general interest to practitioners, including business transactions, insurance, and ethics.
Under the direction of Civins, the first edition of the treatise was published in 1997 and has been updated annually since-- in the past several years by the publication of entirely revised volumes. As explained in the preface of the updated treatise: “The purpose of this work is to provide useful information about the practice of environmental law in Texas not only to practitioners of environmental law, but also to other practitioners, and not only to attorneys, but also to environmental consultants, corporate environmental managers, and private citizens. It is intended to be a handy go-to reference that explains this complex area of law and gives valuable practice pointers.”