Schneidewind Named AARP President Elect
Varnum attorney Eric Schneidewind has been named president-elect of AARP, the national nonprofit organization that advocates for people 50 years and older. Schneidewind will serve as president-elect until 2016, when he will assume the role of president.
Schneidewind, who has practiced energy law in Varnum's Lansing office for the past 28 years, is no stranger to public service or AARP. Prior to joining Varnum in 1986, he had an extensive career in state government, culminating with a six-year term as commissioner, then chairman, of the Michigan Public Service Commission from 1979-1985. Additionally, Eric serves as counsel to Energy Michigan, the trade group of Michigan businesses and end users advocating competition in the electric sector.
Schneidewind also served as president of AARP Michigan from 2006 to 2012 and served as secretary for the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association. He began serving the national board of AARP in 2012. He has also been a volunteer for more than 20 years at local homeless shelters in the Lansing area.
Schneidewind is passionate about the mission of AARP as it works to understand and address issues facing not just the United States but all countries as the world's populations ages.
"All the nations on earth are facing this big demographic challenge: how to deal with aging populations and treat them as a valuable resource." he said. "This will sweep across the world and it will never be the same. It's a huge issue."
"AARP has a lot of expertise to offer," Schneidewind added.
Schneidewind will remain active in his energy practice and continue to work out of Varnum's Lansing office, although he expects to devote significant time to
"At this point I will be chairing the national policy council, which will involve meetings around the country and travel to Europe and Asia. The president is chief spokesperson for AARP, but if she's not available, I may be called on to serve in that role," he noted.
Schneidewind's energy practice has included many significant achievements with far-reaching effects not only for his clients but also for residents of Michigan. He drafted and obtained passage of PA81 of 1987 and was instrumental in the passage of Electric Restructuring Act (PA 141 2000). On behalf of his clients, he secured the first licenses to market electricity in the Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison service territories.
Schneidewind has been recognized for more than ten years by The Best Lawyers in America®. In 2013, American Lawyer Media named him a "Top Rated Lawyer" in the category of Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources. He has obtained an AV® Preeminent™ rating - the highest possible – by Martindale-Hubbell.
The Board of Directors of AARP consists of 21 volunteer members. Some of the major responsibilities of AARP board members are to approve the budget and monitor AARP finances, determine the Association's state and national legislative policy agenda and set policy that guides the association's strategic plans and activities.