Laura Bomyea Darling

phone (518) 438-9907 (Ext. 249)
fax (518) 438-9914
ldarling@youngsommer.com
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Since joining the firm in 2013, Laura has focused her practice primarily in the areas of renewable energy siting, land use and zoning, administrative and environmental law.  She assists municipal and private sector clients with litigation, provides counsel on matters of environmental compliance and due diligence, and represents individuals, large developers, and small businesses in obtaining permits and approvals at the local and state levels, before such agencies as the New York State Public Service Commission, New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, and the New York State Liquor Authority.  As a member of the firm’s energy and telecommunications practices, Laura is also involved in emerging energy and utility matters across New York State, including Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), wireless telecommunications, and distributed energy generation.

Laura received her J.D. from Albany Law School, and her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, with a concentration in Literature, from Bard College.  She spent three years working as a small-town journalist in Upstate New York before enrolling at Albany Law. Laura has published and contributed to research articles on such topics as renewable energy, surface mining, environmental and land use law, and urban agriculture.

Bar Admissions

New York, 2014

Education

Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, NY
J.D., Magna Cum Laude
Law Review: Albany Law Review, Associate Editor, 2011-2013
Student Co-Editor-in-Chief, New York Environmental Lawyer, 2012-13
Honors: Gary M. Peck ’79 Memorial Prize; Government Law Center Prize; Justinian Society; Pro Bono Honors; Oral Advocate Award/Quarterfinalist, Dominick Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Competition, Albany Law School, 2011

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
B.A., Philosophy, with Literature Concentration

Publications

The Judicial Mind: A Cognitive Theory of Jurisprudence, Center for Judicial Process (Nov. 25, 2013)

Dynamite, Disaster and Disappearing Options: How EPA is Losing the Battle Against Destructive Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Practices, 6 Alb. Gov’t L. Rev. 224 (2013)

Tribes Get A New Lease on Renewable Energy Development: Regulatory Reform in Surface Leases for Indian Trust Lands, New York Government Law and Policy Journal (Summer 2013)

Aid to the Needy in State Constitutions: State Court Treatment of Positive Rights Affirmative Duty Provisions, Center for Judicial Process (Aug. 11, 2012).

Contributing Student Writer, New York State Bar Association’s New York Environmental Lawyer (2011 – 2013)

Professional Associations and Memberships

New York State Bar Association, Member

Albany County Bar Association, Member

Women’s Energy Network – Greater Albany Chapter, Treasurer (2018-present)

Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Volunteer

Past Employment Positions

New York State Office of the Attorney General, Environmental Protection Bureau, Legal Intern, Spring 2013

New York State Department of Public Service, Office of Hearings and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Intern, Spring 2012

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of General Counsel, Legal Intern, Summer 2011

Government Law Center at Albany Law School, Research Assistant to Dean Patricia Salkin, 2011-12

Legal Assistant Information

Yvonne Leo, 518-438-9907 x. 245
yleo@youngsommer.com