I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy New Year and a productive and prosperous 2015!
This year, our Pesticide, Chemical Regulation, and Right to Know Committee (PCRRTK) had a tremendous year. At the 22nd Fall SEER Conference in Miami, our PCRRTK Committee earned two awards: Best Committee, Environmental (2nd consecutive year) and Best Newsletter (3rd consecutive year). Best Committee - Environmental and Best Newsletter. A special notes of thanks, and appreciation to Martha Marrapese, our most recent chair (Partner, Keller & Heckman) and Lynn Bergeson, former chair and vice-chair of our newsletter (Member & Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell).
Looking back over 2014, our PCRRTK Committee continued to broaden its activities by collaborating with new organizations such as CropLife America, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Environmental Law Institute. This will continue throughout 2015. Thank you Sara Beth Wilson, at-large vice chair (Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson) for making our day long discussion on critical issues with CropLife America possible.
The New Year is a time of hope and aspirations for the future. So, as this new year unfolds, I would encourage each of us to make a resolution to grow. I especially encourage each of us to grow professionally, not just as individuals, but to share our knowledge and experiences with each other.
Our PCRRTK Committee is a great way to invest in our profession, expand your network and learn new areas of law. Whether you're a law student, young attorney, or a seasoned professional looking to become more active, PCRRTK needs you and seeks your involvement to keep our Committee fresh and valuable for all.
A few ways to participate:
- Our Monthly PCRRTK Conference Call, typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2:30 ET, and are an easy way to keep up with our Committee's activities;
- Our Quarterly Newsletter provides insightful analysis on recent issues and trends in the PCRRTK space as well as publishing opportunities;
- Our Monthly Complimentary Friday Breakfast Forums: are a complimentary hour-long monthly event that occur at 8:30 a.m. ET where informal discussion with thought leaders and networking take place. Participation can be in-person or by phone;
- Our Committee Program calls/webinars: are currently under development. Programs have included a teleconference on February 5, 2015, to discuss the funding challenges with the new Congress' efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act.
Thank you for your continued participation and support of our Committee. Most especially, I wish each of you the very best this coming year!