Friday, May 4, 2018
Elihu Harris State Building
1515 Clay Street
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8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Since their inception, CEQA and Proposition 65 have been among California’s most controversial environmental laws. Both statutes are widely hailed in the environmental community as effective tools for protecting the environment and holding public agencies and private actors accountable. Likewise, almost from their inception, industry and other groups have complained about the overreach of both statutes, the uncertainty they create for the business community, and perceived abuses by plaintiffs’ attorneys. Panelists will present perspectives from both the private enforcement and regulated community perspectives and discuss whether these statutes should be reformed and, if so, how.
Moderator: Perl Perlmutter, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP, San Francisco
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
The Trump Presidency has inspired a environmental call to arms in California. Regressive federal government actions have galvanized the private and public sectors alike, sparking an unprecedented partnership between public interest groups and government prosecutors in the process. This panel will explore various ways in which Californians are resisting the federal government’s environmental agenda, with a particular emphasis on oil and gas development, border wall development, and the Antiquities Act.
Moderator: Suma Peesapati, Peesapati Law, San Diego
10:45 a.m. – 12 noon
Before joining the AG’s office, he was the Assistant Secretary on Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs at Cal EPA. Arsenio Mataka was appointed by Governor Edmund G Brown Jr. in July 2017 to serve as an advisor to Commissioner Martha Guzman-Aceves at the California Public Utilities Commission. Mataka has served as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to joining CalEPA, Arsenio served as directing attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., were he fought for justice alongside some of the most exploited communities in our society. Arsenio’s involvement with environmental justice issues began at home with his parents and later with the Great Valley Center, where he provided extensive outreach and capacity building services to rural and underserved communities. In 2008 he served as an American Bar Association diversity fellow in environmental law in the office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Keynote Speaker: Arsenio Mataka, Special Assistant to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Cutting-edge lawsuits are targeting fossil fuel companies, the U.S. government, and California air districts to hold them responsible for climate change and air pollution. Municipalities are suing fossil fuel companies under theories of nuisance, negligence, and trespass; children groups are suing the U.S. federal government under the ancient public trust doctrine; and NGOs are suing California Air Districts under the California Clean Air Act. What are the complexities and hurdles in these novel lawsuits? What groups, if any, will be held liable?
Moderator: James Birkelund, Law Offices of James Birkelund, San Francisco
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
The Trump Administration is aggressively and dramatically changing the federal government’s approach to environmental enforcement in litigation brought both by and against the federal government. Prominent examples include USEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s 2017 memo on so-called “sue-and-settle” lawsuits; USDOJ’s renunciation of supplemental environmental projects as part of federal government’s environmental litigation settlements; and the Administration’s repeated practice of suspending pending or already-in-place federal environmental regulations outside of the conventional APA process. Join a diverse panel of environmental officials and litigators representing federal, state and NGO perspectives for an in-depth discussion of these developments and litigation being brought to challenge them.
Moderator: Richard Frank, Professor of Environmental Practice, U.C. Davis School of Law, Davis
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
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