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. She is trained in alternative dispute resolution and has recently served as the head zoning and land use lawyer for the City of Atlanta Law Department. 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), where she currently is an affiliated scholar, 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, the Institute for Energy Law (CAILAW) and the Land Use Institute. She is the lead editor and a contributing author of Beyond the Fracking Wars (ABA, 2013), noted for its fairness and depth. She is Chair of the ABA Section of State & Local Government Law, where she has been Editor of the quarterly State & Local Law News, served on the Publications Oversight Board, and been CLE Director. She also writes on land use and transportation, and is co-editor with Thomas W. Mitchell of a book on heirs' property due to launch in 2021.


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