Bar Associations Collaborative

State Bars LogosThe Sabin Center and the New York State Bar Association convened a Bar Association Leaders Climate Change Summit on June 17, 2016. That Summit kicked off a collaboration among bar association members* from across the country intended to support their exchange of information about initiatives–established, planned, contemplated–that relate to climate change. This webpage serves as the repository of contact information and materials for that collaboration.

* Those who participated in the Summit and who continue to collaborate do so in their individual capacities, and not on behalf of the bar associations with which they are affiliated.

Resources Available on this Page

  • Contact information of June 17, 2016 Summit participants and contributors, and of bar association members who have since joined the collaboration;
  • Materials from collaborators relating to their efforts;
  • Useful websites of other organizations.

If you’d like to add you name and contact information to the list, or would like us to post additional materials or links to other websites on this page, please email

Contact Information

Click here for the names and contact information of participants in the Bar Associations Collaborative. Many but not all of those listed attended the June 17, 2016 Summit.


 From the June 2016 Summit

  • Memo reporting the current activities of attendees’ bar associations

 Bar association reports and other publications

  • Final Report of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Sustainable Development (2015)
  • New York State Bar Association Task Force on Global Warming, Taking Action on Climate Change (2009)
  • Report to Oregon State Bar by Task Force on Sustainability (2009)

 Tools for use by bar associations and their members

Examples of bar association events dealing with climate change-related topics

  • Examples of events hosted by the Hawaii Bar Association’s Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Section

 Relevant academic and other publications

  • Tom Lininger, Green Ethics for Lawyers, 57 B.C.L. Rev. 61 (2016) (proposing comprehensive set of amendments to ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct that establish not only opportunities, but also obligations, for lawyers to promote environmental health)

Websites of interest