Environmental Law Fellow
Steve is an environmental attorney who earned his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 1986. Steve also holds a B.A. from Princeton. Steve’s practice has been devoted exclusively to public resource and water issues since 1990. In 2000, he formed Belin & Sugarman with his current law partner Letty Belin. Over the course of his practice, and in collaboration with Ms. Belin and others, Steve has litigated various landmark environmental and water cases in federal and state courts on behalf of CSE and many other clients. Steve represents a diverse range of clients, including tribal governments, Native American environmental organizations, acequia associations, traditional Hispanic communities, local governmental bodies, and environmentalists. He has developed an expertise in the litigation of cases under federal environmental laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Forest Management Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. He has developed considerable expertise in issues arising under New Mexico water law. Steve has also had extensive involvement in issues pertaining to timber harvesting and livestock grazing on public lands. In this particular context, he has acquired extensive experience in federal laws concerning the protection of wildlife, threatened ecosystems, and the non-market economic values of national forest lands.