Presented by the Environmental Law Section of California Lawyers Association
Friday, March 23, 2018
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
UCLA School of Law
385 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90024
First Prize: $1,000, Second Prize: $500
Registration Deadline: January 26, 2018
One Entry Per Law School. Check with your school’s academic dean about the selection process for your school. For more information, see Student Negotiations.
Deadline for Nominations: April 16, 2018
The Environmental Law Section of the California Lawyers Association is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for the 2018 Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Field of Environmental Law. The Environmental Law Section established this award to recognize environmental lawyers who have contributed to the field of environmental law over a sustained period, achieved excellence in the practice of environmental law, and provided legal services with high ethics and collegiality. Click here for more details.
Have you wondered what more your office can do to reduce energy and resource demands? Law offices in all sectors are taking steps to be more sustainable in their operations. Saving energy and resources not only supports sustainability goals, impressing clients and elevates employee morale. These efforts can also translate into significant cost savings for the operation.
If your firm or law office is working to become more sustainable, or wants to do so, in just three easy steps your law practice can sign onto the Eco-Pledge. Once it does, your organization can use the Eco-Pledge Logo on firm materials to demonstrate this commitment to sustainability.
Step 1: Review the Voluntary Lawyers Eco-Pledge and Model Law Office Sustainability Guidelines. These Guidelines include a list of specific means to conserve, reuse, recycle and reduce the use of supplies, energy and natural resources. The Guidelines cover a range of issues, including the following:
Step 2: Assign someone at the firm to take the lead on implementing the policy (as is feasible for the individual firm) and commit to educate employees about the policy.
Step 3: Take the Eco-Pledge! Fill out the simple one-page form and submit it to the Environmental Law Section.
The Eco-Pledge is voluntary and there are no inspections or compliance audits, but the simple act of putting someone at the firm in charge of the issue, educating employees about the measures that have been implemented, and revisiting the commitment annually will translate into increased sustainability of your operations in addition to cost savings to your firm.
The nearly 40 law firms that have already taken the Eco-Pledge are listed on our Section website. In addition, we will be providing special recognition at this year’s Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite to all the firms that have taken the Eco-Pledge and determined that sustainability is core to their business. We urge those offices that are interested in sustainability to sign up now and receive recognition at the Conference. You too can be green. Take the initiative and take the Eco-Pledge!
Application Deadline: November 1, 2017
The Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California is seeking applicants for its 2018 Summer Law Student Fellowship Program. The program places law students in summer environmental law internship positions at participating public interest organizations and governmental agencies. Students are also paired with a practicing environmental lawyer to provide mentoring and are invited to participate in other environmental law related activities over the summer. Law Student Fellows receive a stipend of $5,000 for an 8-10 week summer internship. Further details are provided below.
Did you know that the Section’s Webinars are available at low cost to view on line? Have you ever wanted CLE credit on topics that actually interest you? Was there a presentation you wanted to attend but just couldn’t make your schedule cooperate? If so, never fear! Almost 40 (and that number is growing) Environmental Law Section Webinars are available on line, including titles such as "CEQA 101 -- Learn the Basics!", "Beyond 2020: How Will California Meet its 2050 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals?" and many others. See Environmental Law Section Courses in the Online Catalog to find a program of interest to you.
Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Section, you're eligible for:
Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.
Environmental Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639