Thursday | Friday
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4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Welcome to the 27th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite® reception
sponsored by Greenburg Glusker LLP; Burke, Williams & Sorensen LLP; GSI
Environmental Inc. and Edgcomb Law Group, LLP. To RSVP, select Ticketed
Event #28 on the Conference registration form.
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
7:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Sponsored by McGuireWoods
7 a.m. - 8 a.m.
RSVP for this complimentary breakfast on the registration form.
Select Ticketed Event #29. Breakfast sponsored by Hanson
Bridgett LLP. Mid-morning refreshment break sponsored by
Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp, LLP, Downey Brand and Mintz.
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Courtney Bonam is an Assistant Professor of
Psychology at the University of California,
Santa Cruz. Before becoming a professor, she
completed an interdisciplinary teaching
fellowship in Stanford University’s African
American Studies Department, followed by a
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research
Fellowship in the Goldman School of Public
Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Bonam’s work focuses on the way racial
stereotypes extend beyond personal attributes to physical space
(e.g., Black areas are impoverished, White areas are wealthy). For
example, people more often assume lower quality amenities
when a neighborhood is Black (vs. White), which leads them to
be less willing to visit the neighborhood, monetarily devalue a
house there, and provide less environmental protection for the
surrounding area. These biases have made and continue to make
physical spaces, in addition to people, targets of racial
stereotyping and discrimination. Dr. Bonam will (1) detail both
quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence for these ties
between race and physical space, (2) discuss implications for
persistent racial disparities in wealth, health, and environmental
pollution exposure, and (3) provide insights on strategies for
change via social justice education and civil rights law.
Courtney is also a research affiliate of San Francisco State
University’s Institute for Sustainable Economic Educational
and Environmental Design, and is a member of the Diversity
Scholar Network at the University of Michigan’s National Center
for Institutional Diversity. She received her BA in Psychology
from the University of Michigan (2004), and her PhD in Social
Psychology from Stanford University (2010).
The California Legislature continues to pass groundbreaking
environmental laws, which are often adopted nationally and
internationally. During the 2018 legislative session, the Governor
signed a number of new environmental, natural resources, and
land use laws. Join our panel of seasoned legislative staffers for
a timely discussion of newly enacted legislation, with a special
focus on legislative accomplishments and trends for the future.
Gary Lucks, Beyond Compliance, Oakland
The Legislature adopted the Warren-Alquist State Energy
Resources Conservation and Development Act in 1974 after
finding that the “rapid rate of growth in demand for electric
energy is … due to wasteful, uneconomic, inefficient, and
unnecessary uses of power and a continuation of this trend
will result in serious depletion or irreversible commitment of
energy, land and water resources, and potential threats to the
state’s environmental quality.” At the same time, the Legislature
modified the California Environmental Quality Act to require
“measures to reduce the wasteful, inefficient, and unnecessary
consumption of energy.” For decades that requirement lay
largely dormant in Appendix F of the CEQA Guidelines. Recent
cases, proposed updates to the CEQA Guidelines, and new
green energy requirements from the Energy Commission and
Public Utilities Commission have brought the issue to the fore.
This panel will explore the evolving state of practice in energy
impacts analysis, including discussion of, among others, the
role of renewables, transportation energy, lifecycle analysis, and
net zero development.
Chip Wilkins, Remy Moose Manley LLP, Sacramento
In January 2018, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the
Trump Administration announced a plan to allow offshore drilling
along the entirety of the Pacific coast, along with the Atlantic
and Gulf coasts, and in the waters off Alaska. Shortly thereafter,
the Administration took steps to exempt the Florida coast from
the leasing plan—but federal waters along the entire West
Coast will remain open to oil and gas development through
the proposed five-year leasing program. This panel will explore
the implications for California: What’s allowed offshore now,
and what would be allowed under this new plan? How can this
move by the federal government be reconciled, if at all, with
California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals? Will there be a
significant spike in offshore oil and gas activities? How could
the Coastal Zone Management Act, OCSLA, and NEPA be used
to challenge the Administration’s plan?
Jordan Diamond, UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley
The State Water Resources Control Board is considering
amendments to the statewide Industrial Storm Water General
Permit to implement total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and
provide statewide stormwater capture incentives for industrial
facilities. This panel will discuss issues related to how TMDLs
can be applied to storm water discharges, proposed methods of
compliance and implications for citizen suits.
Jennifer F. Novak, Law Office of Jennifer F. Novak,
Rancho Palos Verdes
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
This interactive roundtable panel brings together distinguished
in-house counsel from a variety of corporate sectors. Each of the
panelists has environmental law expertise and responsibilities,
and will discuss common aspects of their positions, as well
as some of the unique challenges they confront in managing
complex environmental matters. Topics will include their
companies’ management of environmental affairs; examples of
representative matters; an in-house counsel’s responsibilities in
selecting and interacting with outside counsel; and oversight of
regulatory affairs, compliance, and litigation.
Pete Nyquist, Greenberg Glusker LLP, Los Angeles
The role of public health and infill development in CEQA and
Planning Law is quickly developing, and environmental justice
issues are coming to the fore. CBIA v. BAAQMD, East Sacramento
Partnership for a Livable City v. City of Sacramento, and the
forthcoming Sierra Club v. County of Fresno (“Friant Ranch”)
decision address whether a project must evaluate impacts on
public health and related issues on which practitioners have
been awaiting guidance. On the legislative side, SB 1000 is
now effective and requires that certain jurisdictions include an
environmental justice element in their General Plans when updating
or amending at least two or more elements of that General Plan.
On the policy side, in 2017, OPR released its 2017 General Plan
Guidelines, which include considerations for environmental justice.
This panel will discuss and debate the apparent contradictions
and competing priorities between localized impacts and regional
planning goals, and how public agencies and private developers
should respond in terms of CEQA, land use planning, and
other actions. There will be also be an opportunity for dynamic
discussion between the panel members and the audience.
Scott Lichtig, Office of the California Attorney General,
Refusing to roll over in an era of federal environmental law
rollbacks, state governments, environmental non-profits, and
businesses have deployed several strategies to fill an increasing
void. Through litigation, state policy-making, voluntary efforts
and other means, environmental stewards now engage in a daily
battle to replace what has been lost. Examples and case studies
of these efforts are abundant, crossing industry and state lines.
This panel will focus on recent legal and policy efforts to ensure
continued support for clean vehicles and clean fuels at a time
when the federal government is moving to weaken fuel efficiency
and tailpipe emissions standards.
Jill Yung, Paul Hastings LLP, San Francisco
In October 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board
adopted its Cannabis Cultivation Policy and general waste
discharge requirements for cannabis cultivation. These SWRCB
actions provide detailed regulation of a previously unregulated
industry and California’s largest cash crop. The regulations
include requirements for protection of instream flow, protection
of wetlands and riparian habitat, and prevention of erosion. Learn
what these requirements are, how they can be implemented, and
how they differ from other water supply requirements applicable
Patrick Soluri, Soluri Meserve, Sacramento
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register on-site ONLY. Space is limited.
Conference attendees and their guests may choose to participate
in offsite activities. Sign-up sheets for planned activities will be
located at the Executive Committee table.
Sponsored by Greenberg Glusker LLP
RSVP for this complimentary breakfast on the registration form.
Select Ticketed Event #30. Breakfast sponsored by Gresham
Savage Nolan & Tilden, PC. Mid-morning refreshment break
sponsored by Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger; Dudek, and
Stoel Rives LLP.
Introduction by Jennifer Novak, Yosemite Co-Chair, Law Office
of Jennifer F. Novak. Keynote presentation by Sam Liccardo,
Mayor, City of San Jose.
Mayor Liccardo will discuss initiatives in
San Jose that address some of the legal
and environmental challenges facing cities
and how they can serve as a template for
other jurisdictions. In the three years since
Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in 2015,
San Jose has thrived. Sam has led the
most successful period of economic
growth in the City’s history, announcing
major expansions from such employers as
Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Broadcom,
Google, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and
Microsoft. He is implementing innovative
approaches to reduce homelessness—such as rehabilitating
deteriorating motels, expanding work-first programs, and building
“tiny home” villages—while working with community partners to
house more than 1,000 homeless veterans. Sam has led a
regional coalition to raise the minimum wage in Silicon Valley,
partnered with employers to provide jobs to more than 2,000
teens living in gang-impacted neighborhoods, teamed with
community colleges to eliminate tuition and fees for 1,600
low-income college students, and launched after-school learning
programs in sixteen of San Jose’s least affluent neighborhoods.
San Jose has become the largest city in the nation to rapidly
decarbonize through a community choice energy program, and
Sam has co-led the passage of measures to bring BART and
other transit improvements to San Jose, and protect hillsides and
open spaces from sprawling development. A native of the Santa
Clara Valley and former criminal prosecutor, Sam is a graduate of
Bellarmine, Georgetown University, Harvard University, and
Harvard Law School.
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Over the past year, the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit and
California Supreme Court have decided and have pending a
large number of environmental, natural resources, and public
health-related cases. Join a panel of environmental law scholars
and practitioners who follow these courts closely for a lively and
comprehensive discussion of the most important federal and
state appellate court decisions for busy environmental lawyers.
Richard Frank, UC Davis School of Law, Davis
California’s landscapes are becoming hotter and drier with
climate change, and the threat of wildfires on the built and natural
environment is a growing reality throughout the state. In fact,
wildfires in California killed more people in 2017 than in any
previous year, and the Thomas Fire burned more acreage than
any fire in California history. In 2018, fire events across the state
have continued, devastating numerous homes, other structures
and infrastructure, and many parts of our state’s landscapes.
Called “the new normal,” large fire events in California are likely
to continue into the future. Come learn about the unique nature
of California’s fire ecology, how State and local agencies are
responding to recent fire events in light of future fires, and what
we can expect to see in the future in light of climate change.
Ryan Waterman, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, LLP, San Diego
With ongoing extreme drought conditions, the tree mortality
epidemic, mandated landfill diversion goals for urban waste, a
cycle of agricultural waste disposal needs, and the demise of the
biomass power industry, California, as a whole, has an urgent
biomass waste disposal problem. This panel will consider and
discuss the following: Can or should anything be done to save
the existing biomass power industry? What role do healthy soils
play in helping to address agricultural waste disposal needs?
How cost-effective are various biomass management techniques,
including whole orchard soil incorporation, composting, air
curtain burn boxes, and power production, and what are the
related funding, legal, and policy hurdles? What are the air quality
impacts of each? How is carbon sequestration affected? How do
California’s climate change goals come into play? What lessons
can be learned from the San Joaquin Valley in particular, where
all of these sub-issues have converged strongly over the past
couple of years?
Mariah Thompson, California Rural Legal Assistance, Fresno
Communities along the United States-Mexico border are linked
by the fluidity and fragility of rivers, aquifers and ecosystems, and
a changing political and physical climate. A recent agreement,
Minute 323, provides storage for Mexico in long-declining Lake
Mead, conservation projects, and water for consumptive uses
and the environment. But struggling border communities also
face major conflicts. In 2018, these include disputes over the
impacts of a border wall and the control of sediment and trash,
and protests in Mexicali over the use of scarce supplies for a
U.S.-owned beer bottling plant. This panel will address the future
of cross-border cooperation in troubled times.
Gabriela Torres, Surfrider Foundation, San Diego
It is no secret that meeting California’s greenhouse gas reduction
goals requires less reliance on fossil fuels. And while mobile
sources contribute significantly to greenhouse gases, stationary
sources such as homes containing gas appliances also contribute
to the state’s greenhouse gas footprint. Replacing gas-powered
appliances and cars with electrically powered equivalents is part of
the solution, but another is making cleaner electricity more readily
available. Several California communities are banding together
to aggregate their electric loads and purchase electricity from
cleaner sources. They often accomplish this at a lower cost than
the incumbent independently-owned utilities. Come learn about
the initiatives afoot to move California towards an electric future
supplied by renewable and greenhouse gas-free sources, including
a discussion on community choice aggregation and proposed
electric vehicle and stationary source proposals.
Leah Goldberg, East Bay Community Energy, Oakland
Opponents of housing projects sometimes ask what the
environmental impacts of new building will be. But given
California’s housing crisis, the more important question may be:
what are the environmental impacts of not building housing?
Disagreement remains over the causes of the housing shortage,
though recent legislation, such as SB 2, SB 35, and the defeated
SB 827, attempts to chip away at the problem. CEQA and the
CEQA Guidelines (including the proposed Guidelines package)
also provide tools for regulatory streamlining. This panel will
engage attorneys representing environmental organizations, local
governments and the building industry in a discussion about
the obstacles to building affordable housing, impacts of our
lack of housing, and the degree to which recent legislation and
regulatory changes may help us house our residents.
Christopher Calfee, California Natural Resources Agency,
Is Climate Change the next Big Tobacco? A wave of lawsuits in
California seeks to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for
their contribution to climate change. In 2017, the Counties of San
Mateo, Marin, and Santa Cruz, and the Cities of San Francisco,
Oakland, Imperial Beach, and Santa Cruz filed complaints against
more than three dozen fossil fuel companies under theories
including public nuisance, private nuisance, strict liability for
design defect and failure to warn, negligence, and trespass.
Will courts apply these ancient legal doctrines to this modern
existential threat? What are the hurdles and complexities in this
emerging area of climate law?
James M. Birkelund, Greenfire Law, PC, Berkeley
This panel will provide a review of tank regulation and cleanup
for both experienced and beginning practitioners. In addition
to the basics of tank regulation, the panel will examine recent
changes to the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund in
SB 445, and other recent developments, including changes
in the Fund and recipients, possible impact on cleanups for
other contaminants, a requirement for closure of all remaining
single-walled tanks, and new administrative enforcement
authority enacted in 2017. The panelists will also examine the
status of Low Threat Closure guidance in California, and other
legal, technical, and regulatory implications of the changes and
developments involving cleanup actions.
Jeff Lawson, Silicon Valley Law Group, San Jose
Some presentations may involve a short hike, and some programs
may not be appropriate for children. Registration is on-site only,
and all presentations have limited space. Descriptions and signup
sheets are available at the Executive Committee table. At press
time, the following presentations have been scheduled.
1 Hour MCLE Competence Issues
This presentation qualifies for 1.0 Hour MCLE Competence
Issues (formerly known as Prevention, Detection and Treatment
of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness.) Pre-registration is not
available. Attendees seeking MCLE credit must sign a MCLE
Sheet at the start of the presentation.
The nature of the legal profession and those drawn to it results in
a substantially higher rate of substance abuse and mental health
issues than in the general population. This program, presented in
a beautiful outdoor setting, presents a background on lawyers,
substance abuse and mental illness, covering personality
types and the particular propensity of lawyers to struggle
with substance abuse. Participants will learn about their own
personalities and factors which might lead them to such abuse,
and explore ways this interferes with their ability to perform
legal services competently. Discussion will include learning how
mindfulness can be a tool to enhance awareness to detect the
factors leading to abuse and to prevent their occurrence. Also
discussed will be cravings and addictions, and how to detect and
work with them.
Allison Smith, Stoel Rives LLP, Sacramento
Douglas Chermak, Lozeau Drury, LLP, Oakland
Restoring meadows and forests can be a tool for reducing
greenhouse gases and increasing long-term carbon storage.
Current evaluating how restoring hydrological function in montane
meadows and stand structure in forests result both in reduced net
greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere and improvements
in the health of these important ecosystems will be discussed.
Tim O’Connor, Environmental Defense Fund, Los Angeles
Stephen C. Hart, UC Merced, Merced
Recent high-severity fires in and around Yosemite National
Park have burned large tracts of prime habitat for the California
spotted owl and fisher, species under consideration for federal or
state listing as threatened or endangered. Understanding how to
protect and restore habitat for rare species during and after fires
is a priority for land management agencies, and the Resource
Advisor (READ) program provides a unique opportunity for
this. READs relay information to fire staff to protect natural and
cultural resources during initial planning stages for prescribed
fires or during response to a wildfire. READs work on the ground
with firefighters during fire response and often participate in postfire
recovery efforts. Visit recently burned habitat with species
experts and learn about the READ program, conservation actions
to restore habitat, and the latest post-fire science on rare wildlife
and plant species.
Andrea Ruiz-Esquide, City of San Francisco, Office of the City
Attorney, San Francisco
This year the National Park Service completed a three-year
project for restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.
The project includes restoring natural hydrology, realigning roads
and trails away from sensitive habitat, building accessible trails
and relocation of parking from the grove to an area near the
South entrance to Yosemite. Visit the recently reopened grove
and learn about the restoration project.
Kimberly Bick, Bick Law LLP, Newport Beach
Schuyler Greenleaf, Yosemite Conservancy, El Portal
Join us in the Fireside Lounge, adjacent to the
Hotel lobby, for an informal chat with Mary
Nichols, this year’s Lifetime Achievement
Award recipient. Hear a firsthand account on
her stellar career and contributions to
environmental law. Facilitated by Cara
Horowitz, UCLA School of Law, and
Thomas J.P. McHenry, President and Dean, Vermont Law School.
Sponsored by Langan
Join us as we gather before dinner for cocktails and hors
d’oeuvres set out in the lobby. The reception is sponsored
by Thomas Law Group, Ramboll and Latham & Watkins
LLP. To RSVP, select Ticketed Event #31 on the Conference
Dinner sponsored by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
and Terraphase Engineering. Wine sponsored by SCS
Engineers and provided courtesy of Bogle Vineyards,
LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards, Muddy Boot
Wine, and Wilson Vineyards. Ticketed Event. Select
Ticketed Events #32 to #36 on the conference registration
The Environmental Law Section is honored to present its fifth
annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Mary Nichols. Introductions
by Ellen Peter, Lifetime Achievement Award Co-Chair and Chief
Counsel to CARB, and Ann Carlson, UCLA School of Law.
Remarks by Mary Nichols.
For over 45 years, Mary D. Nichols has
been at the forefront of environmental
law and policy, working steadfastly in
the public interest to improve air quality
and tackle climate change. She has
worked for and represented non-profits,
directed UCLA’s Institute of the
Environment, and served stints as U.S.
EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Air and
Radiation, as California’s Resources
Secretary, and twice as Chair of the
California Air Resources Board (CARB).
In these posts, she has developed,
implemented, and defended innovative regulatory approaches
that now serve as models for jurisdictions across the world.
Smog was her initial target in 1974, when then-Governor Jerry
Brown appointed her to the California Air Resources Board. In
the 1990s, at US EPA, Mary took on fine particle pollution from
heavy-duty trucks. In 2007, then-Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger tapped Mary to lead California’s fight against
climate change and implement the state’s Global Warming
Solutions Act (AB 32) during her second, and ongoing, stint as
Chair of CARB. Mary brings her legal acumen and a broad
perspective on political and policy undercurrents to every issue.
She also dives into the details of lawyering, playing a leading
role, for example, in negotiating the landmark Volkswagen
enforcement settlement. Over her decades of service, Mary has
done more than perhaps any lawyer in the state to transform
California’s pioneering environmental goals into workable
policies and enforceable protections. The Environmental Law
Section is proud to recognize Mary for her lifetime of
achievements in environmental law.
Introduction by Andy Sawyer, Assistant Chief Counsel, California
State Water Resources Control Board. Remarks by Dr. Tyrone
Hayes, Ph.D., Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley.
Dr. Tyrone B. Hayes was born and raised in
Columbia, South Carolina where he
developed his love for biology. He received
his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard
University in 1989 and his Ph.D. from the
Department of Integrative Biology at the
University of California, Berkeley in 1993.
After completing his Ph.D., he began post-doctoral training at
the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development,
National Institutes of Health and the Cancer Research
Laboratories at UC Berkeley (funded by the National Science
Foundation), but this training was truncated when he was hired
as an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley in 1994. He was
promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2000 and to Full
Professor in 2003. For the last twenty years, Hayes’ research
has focused on the role of endocrine disrupting contaminants,
particularly pesticides, on evolution and environmental
regulation of growth. Hayes is interested in the impact of
chemical contaminants on environmental health and public
health, and environmental justice concerns associated with
targeted exposure of racial and ethnic minorities to endocrine
disruptors and the role that exposure plays in health care
disparities. In 2014, The New Yorker profiled Hayes’ and the
efforts by Syngenta to discredit his work documenting the links
between pesticide and global amphibian declines.
Delicious delicacies complete the evening. Enjoy dessert, hosted
libations and dancing at the 27TH Annual Dessert Party. To RSVP,
select Ticketed Event #37 on the Conference registration form.
Sponsored by Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP
RSVP for this complimentary breakfast on the registration form.
Select Ticketed Event #38. Mid-morning refreshment break
sponsored by Best Best & Krieger LLP.
Welcome by Nicole Gordon, 2018-2019 Chair, Environmental Law
Section, The Sohagi Law Group, PLC. Introduction by Pete Nyquist,
Yosemite Co-Chair, Greenberg Glusker LLP. Keynote presentation by
The Honorable Margaret McKeown, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge McKeown will discuss how Justice
Douglas’s experiences influenced the
Supreme Court’s decision in NRDC v.
Morton. Judge McKeown has served on the
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals since 1998.
She received her B.A. from the University of
Wyoming in 1972, her J.D. from Georgetown
University in 1975, and was a partner in the
Seattle and Washington, DC offices of
Perkins Coie. Growing up in Wyoming, Judge
McKeown has long appreciated the western
landscape and its natural resources. She
served as a White House Fellow in 1980-81, as Special Assistant to
Secretary of Interior Cecil D. Andrus and as Special Assistant at the
White House. Judge McKeown chairs the ABA Rule of Law Board
and is a member of the ALI Council and the Murie Center Advisory
Committee of the Teton Science School. Among other awards, she is
recipient of the White House Fellows Legacy of Leadership Award, the
ABA Margaret Brent Women of Achievement Award, and the Girl
Scouts Cool Woman Award. She was a member of the first American
expedition to Mt. Shishabangma in Tibet. Judge McKeown is
currently writing a book about the environmental legacy of Supreme
Court Justice William O. Douglas.
Natural disasters in California have become increasingly frequent
and devastating, posing unique and often unforeseen challenges.
Join us for a discussion of key legal and policy implications relating
to risk reduction, immediate response, and long-term recovery.
Panelists will discuss in detail key CEQA cases from the past
year, summarizing the published cases, outlining trends, and
providing a brief update on recent legislation.
Nicole Gordon, The Sohagi Law Group, PLC, Los Angeles
AB 617, enacted last year with legislation extending California’s
greenhouse gas Cap and Trade program, is a groundbreaking
statute with respect to toxic air pollution. AB 617 is designed to
address air quality in the most heavily burdened communities,
marking an important departure from historical regulatory
efforts that have focused on each region as a whole. The
legislation requires the California Air Resources Board and
the local air districts to develop air monitoring programs for
these communities, and to follow up with programs to reduce
their air toxics burdens, in collaboration with local community
groups and other stakeholders. This panel will explain how
those requirements will be implemented, discuss the political
motivations that led to the bill, and explore the enormous
potential for this new initiative to make a real difference in
communities that have long suffered from elevated cumulative
public health impacts related to air toxics.
Megan Lorenz, South Coast Air Quality Management District,
The Salton Sea, California’s largest inland sea, faced a critical
turning point in 2017, with fifteen years of long-term water
supply coming to an end under the Quantification Settlement
Agreement. With a boost from Prop 68 funding, how will
California respond to this crisis and will it be enough to affect
the fate of this once-popular resort destination? This panel will
discuss the environmental challenges facing the Salton Sea
and local communities, and what lies ahead for the state and
K. Eric Adair, Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP, Valencia
Last month, Governor Brown hosted the highest profile climate
change event of 2018, the Global Climate Summit. The Summit
drew advocates, private sector leaders, and government
representatives from around the world to San Francisco to talk
about climate cooperation, highlighting the role of cities and
states in achieving the global climate goals set forth in the Paris
Agreement. This panel will review the most significant happenings
from the Summit and look at what’s next for international climate
advocacy, especially in light of President Trump’s vow to withdraw
the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. Did the Summit signal a shift
away from multilateral diplomacy at the United Nations, toward a
more subnational approach? How is the role of non-state actors,
such as individual states, NGOs, and private sector corporations,
changing in the climate advocacy sphere? What were the Summit’s
outcomes, and where do we go next?
Cara Horowitz, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles
As the nation’s top food producer, California has enjoyed
decades of intensive practices leading to increased short-term
efficiencies. But now we face the long-term consequences of
those practices, with uncertainty over water supplies, increased
air pollution from tilling practices, depleted soil from fertilizers,
and others. These effects, coupled with uncertainties created by
climate change, are forcing us to reevaluate how we approach
food production and what assistance the State can offer to
guard against catastrophic food shortages. This panel will look
at what practices and policies created our current situation,
what has been done to try to safeguard our food supply, and
offer recommendations on policies, laws, and policies for
Jessi Fierro, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District,
Once hailed as miracle compounds and used in fire-fighting
and numerous industrial processes for years, the huge family
of chemicals called Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
are now emerging as a potentially serious liability in light of their
mobility in groundwater, persistence in the environment, and
difficulty to remediate. This panel of leading experts will provide
an up-to-date discussion on the state of the law and science
around PFAS, and provide examples of steps being taken to
address these emerging contaminants in the environment.
Moderator: Adam Baas, DLA Piper, San Francisco
Is California finally addressing its lack of safe, affordable drinking
water in many communities? Many find shocking the lack of
safe, affordable drinking water in a state as rich as California. In
response, the last few years have seen a flurry of administrative
and legislative efforts to address this issue, particularly in
disadvantaged communities. What are the legal and technical
tools available to make safe, affordable drinking water a reality?
What is on the horizon? Are we finally going to get there? If not,
what will it take?
Moderator: Debbie Franco, Governor’s Office of Planning & Research, Sacramento