by William A. (Al) Eckert III |
“The practicing lawyer in Arkansas through his experience gains some general knowledge about almost all areas of the practice of law and with time develops an expertise in certain areas of law to serve a specific need for his clients. The practice of environmental law has its own characteristics and requires not only an understanding of environmental laws and regulations but also an understanding of a unique administrative law system and its procedures. Arkansas attorneys unfamiliar with environmental practice may not be aware that the Administrative Procedures Act does not apply to administrative procedures before the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission or that this commission and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality are separate regulatory bodies with separate functions and roles in the regulation of environmental law.”
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