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Environmental Lawyers Group Taps Bynum For Inaugural Membership Class

Environmental Lawyers Group Taps Bynum For Inaugural Membership Class

September 25, 2008

Portland, OR – Veteran Greensboro environmental attorney Harold Bynum is among just 24 lawyers nationwide selected to become Charter Fellows of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL).  Bynum practices in the Greensboro office of Smith Moore Leatherwood.

The ACOEL was formed in 2007 as "a professional association of distinguished private sector lawyers," dedicated to improving standards of practice and contributing to the development of environmental law at the state and federal levels, according to the bylaws of the association.  Membership invitations are extended to attorneys who have practiced environmental law for at least 15 years, and are recognized by their peers as "preeminent in their field."

Bynum, who began his environmental law practice in 1975, says, "When I started in this field, the only real active statute was the federal Clean Water Act.  Now, there are not only volumes of federal statutes, but layers of state and local laws and regulations related to permitting, compliance, enforcement and site development.  The environmental regulatory demands placed on businesses and industry will continue to grow, and I am honored to be part of an organization formed specifically for attorneys who focus on environmental law."

Bynum is a past chair of the Environmental Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and for more than a decade has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward/White's annual Best Lawyers in America listings for environmental law.  He is a graduate of Davidson College, and earned an M.S. degree at North Carolina State University.  He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina.

Steve Powell
For Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
336.275.7000, ext. 19


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