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Balch and Bingham LLP is honored to announce that Steve McKinney, chair of the firm’s Environmental and Natural Resources Section and partner in the firm’s Birmingham, Ala., office, has been elected to serve as a member of the Board of Regents by the leadership of the American College of Environmental Law (ACOEL).

ACOEL is a professional association comprised of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental law. As a member of its Board of Regents, Mr. McKinney will be responsible for the overall governance of the organization and leadership of specifically-assigned ACOEL activities.

“We commend Steve for his tremendous achievements in the environmental field and look forward to many more accomplishments as he serves as a Regent of the American College of Environmental Law,” said Alan T. Rogers, managing partner. “It is a great honor to be chosen as a leader by such a distinguished group of leaders in this area of law.”

Membership in ACOEL is by invitation only and offered to a very limited number of lawyers practicing environmental law. Members are recognized by their peers as preeminent in their field. ACOEL members work together to advance the rule of law through the development of balanced commentaries on emerging issues and pro bono service as advisors to nations seeking to develop new environmental laws, such as China.

Mr. McKinney’s practice includes the regular representation of private companies and coalitions in environmental permitting, environmental aspects of corporate projects and transactions, and environmental compliance. He represents clients in complex environmental litigation matters under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Superfund.

Mr. McKinney is active in the 10,000-member Environment, Energy and Resources Section of the American Bar Association and served as chair of the section in 2010 – 2011.