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The Administrative Law of Deregulation: The Long Road for the Trump Administration to Undo Obama-Era Regulations

by Daniel Lyons

Legal Analysis

Dysfunction among Washington’s elected branches has thrust the administrative state—the alphabet soup of federal agencies that together do the day-to-day work of governing the republic—into the nation’s political spotlight. Frustrated by his inability to get the Republican-led Congress to pass his legislation, President Obama governed by “pen and phone,” leaning on the administrative state to accomplish much of his second-term agenda. From immigration reform to transgender rights to climate change, agencies became the primary engines driving the White House’s policy agenda.


Environmental Law Committees

  • Air Quality and Climate Change Committee
    This committee reviews federal and local air pollution control, including source permitting, air quality planning, transportation planning, compliance monitoring, hazardous air pollutants and indoor air pollution.

    Contact Information

    David Ismay

    Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)

    Brook J. Detterman

    Beveridge & Diamond PC

    (781) 416-5745

  • Energy Committee
    This committee addresses regulatory and related issues affecting the energy industries in Massachusetts — on the federal level and in other jurisdictions. Members typically practice before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and state and federal courts.

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    Laura C. Bickel

    National Grid USA

    (781) 999-3396

    Courtney Feeley Karp

    Klavens Law Group, P.C.

    (617) 502-6280

    Richard A. Kanoff

    Burns & Levinson LLP

    (617) 345-3210

  • Environmental Law Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Environmental attorneys are asked to lend their expertise.
  • Environmental Law Public Service Committee
    This committee has a number of annual service events including planting trees for Earth Day and volunteering with the Food Project. The committee also focuses on practice-specific pro bono projects and brown bag programming.

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    Joel Quick

    Mead, Talerman & Costa, LLC

    (978) 463-7700

    Ivria Glass Fried

    Miyares and Harrington, LLP

    (617) 489-1600

  • Environmental Litigation Committee
    This committee focuses on Chapter 21E, CERCLA, insurance, clean air and clean water litigation.

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    Peter C Mulcahy

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    (617) 727-2200

  • Hazardous and Solid Waste Committee
    This committee informs members about issues relating to federal and Massachusetts laws governing oil, hazardous materials and hazardous waste, including CERCLA and Chapter 21E.

    Contact Information

    Marc J. Goldstein

    Beveridge & Diamond PC

    (781) 416-5715

    Meghan T. Davoren

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    (617) 963-2342

  • International Environmental Law Committee
    This committee is for members interested in international environmental issues and the laws of foreign countries.

    Contact Information

    Cicely Ott Parseghian

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-3038

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Wetlands, Waterways and Water Quality Committee
    This committee keeps members abreast of changes in local, state and federal statutes, regulations and by-laws relating to discharges to surface water, groundwater and wastewater treatment plants.

    Contact Information

    Ann Lowery

    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

    (617) 292-5846

    H. David Gold

    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

    (617) 526-6425