We’re excited to announce that registration for the 2021 Environmental Law Conference “at Yosemite” is now live. The Conference will be held virtually October 14-17.
Join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this beloved conference and its theme, Looking Back, Looking Forward, which we will explore through programming that looks back, assessing past developments and progress in environmental law and policy, as well as forward to the trends and challenges we are experiencing now and can expect in the future. Twenty-three panels will cover everything from managing drought and limiting climate change risks to sustainably meeting affordable housing needs, addressing ubiquitous plastic waste and aging oil and gas infrastructure, protecting Native American sacred sites, regulating toxics in everyday personal care products, and effectively integrating environmental justice into state and federal decision making. Because we are doing the Conference virtually again this year, speakers from all over the state and beyond will be sharing their knowledge and experience in programs that are educational, practical, and inspiring – from classics like our annual CEQA update to cutting-edge topics at the intersection of environmental and other areas of the law, such as bankruptcy.
Four afternoon “outdoor” presentations, one each day of the conference, will give conference-goers the chance to learn about Yosemite itself, including how animals in Sierra Nevada forests respond to wildfire, efforts to protect endangered fishers, the contributions of Chinese immigrants to Yosemite’s history, and ecological restoration along the Merced River.
The Conference will also emphasize activities geared toward networking and socializing, including a law student reception (all are welcome!), twice daily coffee chats, a special book club session, and fun events for the whole family, including Wild & Scenic Film Festival movie selections for the kids. And, even though we regret that we could not meet in person for a second year, we have included opportunities for in-person gatherings alongside the conference – a happy hour in Sacramento and volunteer beach clean-up activities in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. In other words, there’s something for everyone! Please sign up soon, and we’ll see you at the Conference! Check out the full program and register here.