Robert Fleishman was honored by the Energy Bar Association (EBA) with the 2016 Paul E. Nordstrom Service Award, which recognizes exemplary long-term public service to the community through the EBA, the Charitable Foundation of Energy Bar Association (CFEBA), or the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal (FELJ).
“Bob has given so much to EBA over the years, both as a leader and a tireless supporter,” said Jane Rueger, President of CFEBA. “We felt recognition was long overdue for his work in the energy community, helping countless law students, participating selflessly in editing the law journal and helping the homeless and those without energy access. Bob is the epitome of why the Paul Nordstrom Award was originally created.” Fleishman, a former EBA President and the Energy Law Journal (ELJ)’s Editor-In-Chief since 2006, has also been a dedicated mentor to student editors at the University of Tulsa College of Law, the FELJ’s partner in producing the ELJ.
Fleishman's pro bono activities include working with Nazareth Housing and others in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to develop and build a community microgrid composed of natural gas and renewable generation sources and energy storage for schools, businesses, and low/moderate income residents in the East Village neighborhood devastated by Superstorm Sandy. He is also a former president of the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center in Howard County, Maryland, a 24-hour crisis intervention center, shelter for the homeless, and suicide hotline, and the Community Mediation Program in Baltimore that provides free mediation services, teaches conflict resolution skills, mobilizes volunteer community mediators, and educates the public to reduce violence and interpersonal conflict.
Fleishman was honored during a luncheon on October 5 at the EBA’s 2016 Mid-Year Energy Forum.