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The Northern Pass Wetlands Impact Debate: Permanent or Temporary?

BCM attorney Amy Manzelli, representing the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, addressed this very issue at the June 20th adjudicative hearings, one of many dedicated to the environmental impacts the Northern Pass project would have if the project is approved and constructed.

Click here to read more about Attorney Manzelli’s questioning of Lee Carbonneau, an environmental scientist hired by Eversource.

BCM Seeking Full-Time Associate Attorney

Job Description for Full-Time Associate Attorney

Employer Description

BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, is a thriving law firm, headquartered in Concord, NH, with an additional office in Portland, ME, committed to enhancing the environment through the practice of law throughout northern New England. At times, our office can be fast-paced, demanding a high level of performance.

We work with developers who have projects that are designed to minimize environmental impacts or improve the community, and assist developers with obtaining permits and approvals and other transactional aspects of projects. We also work with homeowners associations, citizens groups, nonprofits, individuals, coalitions, and similar groups who believe that certain development projects do not minimize environmental impacts, lack community benefit, or have other adverse attributes. We help to either improve or stop such developments. We work to strengthen and create laws that protect the environment or that provide other community benefits. Lastly, we design legal solutions consistent with both private property rights and sustainable stewardship of our land and natural resources.

Our team consists of:  four active attorney-owners, Jason Reimers, Amy Manzelli (Managing Attorney) and Elizabeth Boepple; an associate attorney, Stephen Wagner; a firm administrator, Nicole Manteau; a full-time paralegal, Stacy Laughton; and a part-time clerical support assistant, Virginia Pastuszczak. We also host legal interns from time to time.

Job Description

The position is full-time, at-will, exempt employment. The firm is in a period of exciting growth and change and anticipates increasing the number of staff and attorneys over the next several years. This position is designed primarily to work in the areas of environmental, land use, agricultural, and real estate law. Work is expected to commence approximately in September, 2017, but no later than December, 2017.

This position is designed for a very high quality but relatively inexperienced attorney.

Required Attributes

  • J.D.
  • Superior academic law school credentials
  • Strong research, writing and advocacy skills
  • Exceptional judgment
  • Sensitivity to issues of confidentiality
  • Mature self-starter, able to work both independently and as a productive team member
  • Admission to the New Hampshire Bar

Preferred Attributes

  • Maine Bar admission
  • Vermont Bar admission
  • Highly motivated individual with at least 2 years’ experience practicing environmental law, including land use, agricultural, administrative, real estate, conveyancing, and/or title
  • Knowledge of both state and federal environmental laws
  • Litigation experience at state court and federal district court
  • Experience working with agencies, such as the NH Department of Environmental Services and appearing before the Environmental Councils, the Board of Land and Tax Appeals, and local Zoning Boards of Adjustment / Planning Boards, Public Utilities Commission, Site Evaluation Committee, or the analogs to these agencies in other states
  • Appreciation of flexibility in work schedule, amount, and location
  • Love of the environment and outdoor activities

Primary Duties

Assist supervising attorneys in a wide variety of ways, as needed, including

  • Research and analyze the law, writing internal/informal memos, legal memoranda, pleadings, and more
  • Appear in court, administrative agencies, land use boards, and more
  • Analyze and summarize legal documents
  • Complete and improve legal documents prepared by supervising attorney
  • Perform discovery
  • Negotiate with outside parties
  • Interact with clients and prospective clients
  • Perform due diligence

Compensation & Benefits

Approximately $50,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience and ability

Quarterly bonus

Ten paid personal days and approximately ten paid holidays

Employer match limited to 3% towards retirement

Flex-time and working remotely available for some of the time

Relaxed, casual, and friendly work environment

Mileage reimbursement for work-related driving (not for commuting)

Continuing education

Professional group memberships, including NHBA annual dues

Attendance (including travel) to professional conferences

Downtown Concord location

Paid parent leave

Application Process

Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references (two to five) as follows:

if electronic, to: manteau@nhlandlaw.com

or

if hard copy, to:

BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC

Attn: Nicole Manteau, Firm Administrator

3 Maple Street

Concord, NH 03301

The deadline for applying is June 30, 2017. If we believe an applicant may be a good fit for the position, we may conduct telephone screenings, face to face interviews, and reference checks. Face to face interviews may include conversations with the attorneys and staff. We will endeavor to contact all applicants by July 31, 2017. Please do not follow up with us after you have applied unless it is after August 11, 2017 and you have not heard from us.

Annual NH Land Conservation Conference, Always Special

BCM Environmental & Land Law underwrote Saving Special Places again in 2017. This annual Land Conservation Conference was held on Saturday, April 8th from 8:00am – 4:00pm at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, NH. This critical annual conference gathers land conservationists of all walks to provide focused and timely education and discussion about a myriad of conservation-related issues, including wildlife & forest management, conservation easement tax benefits, climate change adaptation, valuation of conservation easements, re-imagining conservation, accreditation, stewardship, timber harvesting, and option to purchase for agricultural value. Attorney Beth Boepple and Attorney Stephen Wagner attended this once again highly successful day.

BCM Support Helps Bring One of the Largest Environmental Film Festivals to Concord!

BCM Environmental & Land Law was proud to be a sponsor of the 7th Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Hosted by the New Hampshire Rivers Council, this event was held on Friday, March 31th at Red River Theatres in Concord. Despite the typical March weather, the event still brought the crowds out to support the protection and conservation of New Hampshire rivers.

Conservation Law Foundation Seminar a Great Success!

On March 29, 2017, Beth Boepple participated as a presenter at the first seminar for attorneys sponsored by the Maine chapter of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Food Hub: “Farm and Food Law: Fielding Employment & Labor Questions.” Beth channeled her former theater experience to play the role of a farmer meeting with an attorney to present some thorny ethical issues for the attendees to consider. The reviews were glowing!

NH Farm & Forest Expo workshop a huge success!

As part of the 2017 NH Farm & Forest Expo, held on February 17, 2017, Attorney Amy Manzelli and other members of the NH Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture lead a timely discussion “Tell it like it is: Frank talk about farming and local land-use regulation” about the impacts, good and bad, of local regulations on farms of all sizes and kinds. Farmer and municipal panelists along with workshop participants shared their perspectives, stories and insight on preventing and resolving conflicts among neighbors, farmers and town boards. Information gathered will be used by the Coalition to develop resources for farmers and their communities to navigate rights and regulations to address municipal agricultural conflict.

BMC Land Use and Zoning Seminar Insightful and Helpful

Attorneys Amy Manzelli, Jason Reimers, and Beth Boepple, from the law firm of BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, held a two day seminar for the National Business Institute’s Continuing Legal Education. Held from Thursday December 1 and Friday December 2, 2016 in Manchester, NH, the seminar, “Land Use and Zoning from Start to Finish,” covered topics such as Navigating the Land Use Approval Process presented by Attorney Boepple, Appealing Zoning Decisions: Local, Regional and State Considerations presented by Attorney Reimers, and Variance Essentials: Showing Zoning Rules Create Hardships presented by Attorney Manzelli. BCM Environmental & Land Law was proud to be a part of NBI’s continuing education and to share their knowledge, insight and perspective with other legal professionals in what can be a confusing and overwhelming challenge for their clients.

BCM Represents Opposition to the Proposed Cog Railway Hotel on Mount Washington

BCM Represents Opposition to the Proposed Cog Railway Hotel on Mount Washington

 

The Berlin Daily Sun recently reported on the efforts of Keep the Whites Wild, an organization formed to protect Mount Washington and to oppose the construction of a proposed hotel in the alpine zone less than one mile from the summit.  Attorney Jason Reimers represents Keep the Whites Wild, which is comprised of residential landowners, long-time outdoor professionals, and local and regional recreationalists.

BCM Settles Timber Trespass / Nuisance Case

Jed Callen, Esq., recently negotiated a favorable settlement agreement for one of BCM Environmental & Land Law’s corporate clients.  The client’s abutter excavated sand and gravel across the property boundary several years ago and has agreed to a full restoration of the land, surveyed boundary markings, a buffer, and damages. This settlement agreement helped BCM’s client avoid a potentially lengthy and costly court proceeding in the Merrimack County Superior Court.

BCM Sponsors University of Vermont 5th Annual Food System Summit

What Makes Food Good? That was the central question of the University of Vermont’s 5th Annual Food System Summit, which was held on June 14-15 at UVM.  The debate around what is  “good” food plays out every day, world-wide, in a variety of different venues, from classrooms to courtrooms, boardrooms to dining rooms, and everywhere in between. In a globalized world, with a highly polarized political climate, the stakes are high when it comes to navigating opinions about the characteristics of good food.  Scholars, farmers, scientists, practitioners and various other stakeholders all came together at the UVM Food Summit to discuss the potential answers to this question.

BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, is proud to have been a sponsor of this important event.