Almanac

News - August 7, 2013

Nicholas Targ honored for environmental justice work

by Dave Boyce

The American Bar Association has recognized Portola Valley resident Nicholas Targ, an attorney with the international law firm of Holland & Knight, for his efforts and those of two other attorneys in advancing environmental justice for communities without clean air and water.

Mr. Targ shares the "Environment, Energy, and Resources Dedication to Diversity and Justice Award" with Quentin Pair of the U.S. Department of Justice, and Ben Wilson of Beveridge & Diamond PC. The award also recognizes the trio for their efforts to diversify the membership of the section of the ABA concerned with environmental issues.

"What truly distinguishes these extraordinary attorneys is their tremendous investment in the lawyers of tomorrow and their unwavering commitment to the environmental bar," said Ignacia S. Moreno, an assistant attorney general in the DOJ, in a letter announcing the award. "This remarkable partnership has produced a vitally important environmental law curriculum at the Howard University School of Law and prepared and fostered leadership in a generation of law students to address future environmental issues that will confront all Americans, particularly those in low-income, minority, and Native American communities."

Mr. Targ and his associates were instrumental in bringing together the ABA, the school of law at Howard, and the bar association in the District of Columbia to develop the "Partners for Diversity and Leadership in Environmental Law Program," Ms. Moreno said.

Mr. Targ, who is in his first term on Portola Valley's Planning Commission, lives with his family in the Hayfields subdivision.

"The Howard project has been a labor of love," he told the Almanac. "Many hands have helped it to succeed. The ABA award is a true honor and completely unexpected, but more important it will further help the program on its way.

In his career, Mr. Targ has been an attorney for the Department of the Interior and for the Environmental Protection Agency, where he was counsel and associate director in the Office of Environmental Justice.

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