Erica Powers

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Erica Levine Powers is a land use and environmental lawyer with a strong interest in transitional and alternative energy transactions, infrastructure, policy and regulation. A cum laude graduate of Harvard College in Modern European History and Literature, she holds J.D. and LL.M. (Taxation) degrees from Boston University School of Law. Initially counsel to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks and then a corporate transactional lawyer at Gaston Snow & Ely Bartlett, Boston, she served as counsel to the Deputy Mayor/ Collector Treasurer of the City of Boston and as General Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Food & Agriculture. She is admitted in Massachusetts, Maryland and New York, and resides in Albany, New York.  As a lecturer at the University at Albany (SUNY), from 2009 through 2013 she taught graduate Master of Regional Planning courses in law and environmental planning and developed an interdisciplinary environmental planning seminar on hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale.  She participates in panels and webinars on natural gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing for the ABA, the APA, IMLA, and the Institute for Energy Law (CAILAW). She is the lead editor and a contributing author of Beyond the Fracking Wars (ABA, 2013). In the State and Local Government Law Section she has a leadership position as Editor of the quarterly State & Local Law News; serves on the Publications Oversight Board and the Electronic Communications Committee; is a member of the Land Use Planning & Zoning Committee, where she chairs the Energy Resources Subcommittee; and pursues her interests in disaster preparedness and resilience planning. She also writes on land use and transportation, and is lead editor of a forthcoming book on preemption.


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