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An Award Committee comprised of members of the NREEL Board of Directors will review all written nominations to select a candidate who promotes the stated purposes of the NREEL Section: to provide Section members, the State Bar, and the public with information and dialogue concerning issues affecting natural resources, energy and the environment, and to share ideas, legal research, and networking with the goal of providing the highest possible quality of legal services to New Mexicans in the areas of natural resources, energy, and environmental law. In addition to promoting the purposes of the NREEL Section, the successful nominee should demonstrate:
1. Professionalism and integrity by:
a. Promoting the honor, dignity, and professionalism of lawyers;
b. Promoting ethical conduct and collegiality within the practice; and
c. Being held in high regard in the profession.
2. Superior legal service by, for example:
a. Demonstrating superior knowledge of the substantive legal area in which he or she practices; and/or
b. Providing excellent legal representation to clients.
3. Exemplary service by, for example:
a. Making significant contributions to natural resources, energy, or environmental law generally in the State of New Mexico;
b. Expanding the resources of natural resources, energy, and environmental lawyers and law students by providing educational, networking, or mentoring opportunities;
c. Serving in leadership posts or on special projects and committees related to natural resources, energy, or environmental law;
d. Assisting natural resources, energy, and environmental lawyers and law students by evaluating jurisprudence, legislation, and regulations;
e. Advancing the knowledge, skills, and interests of natural resources, energy, and environmental lawyers and law students; and/or
f. Demonstrating innovative thinking or leadership skills related to natural resources, energy, or environmental law.
4. Service to the public in the areas of natural resources, energy, or environmental law by, for example:
a. Supporting the public interest in a fair and effective system of justice; and/or
b. Demonstrating outstanding community or pro bono contributions.
2016 Recipient Gregory C. Ridgley
Ridgley was selected for for his display of professionalism and integrity, superior legal service and because he is a life-long public servant. Ridgley is held in high regard by water law practitioners throughout the West and is a master of the nuanced area of Western water law. He is able to maintain a high degree of integrity and professionalism in a position that can be extremely difficult and unfathomably demanding.
2014 NREEL Chair Kim Bannerman and Walter Stern