Environmental Law

Think Holistically: Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Environmental Decision-Making

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Southwestern Law School
Bullocks Wilshire Building – Second Floor – Louis XVI Room
3050 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Online registration has closed. Onsite registration will be available.

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Co-sponsored by The California Young Lawyers Association

Earn 3.25 Hours MCLE
Includes Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society Credit

Join community leaders, law and policy practitioners, and students for a discussion of what is being done – and what could be done – to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in environmental law and policy.
Speakers’ workplaces are provided for identification purposes only, and that they are not speaking on behalf of their respective offices.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors: Best, Best & Krieger; HansonBridgett; Greenberg Glusker; The Law Office of Jennifer F. Novak; Shute Mihaly & Weinberger; Kronick; Stoel Rives LLP; Pillsbury; Farella Bruan + Martel; Gibson Dunn; and Remy Moose Manley, LLP

Program Schedule

11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Registration

Remember to check in and grab your name badge.

11:00 a.m. – 12 noon | Lunch

12 noon – 12:15 p.m. | Welcome and Introduction by Ronald Aronovsky, Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | History of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Environmental Movement

Panelist: Dr. Bhavna Shamasunder, Urban and Environmental
Policy Professor, Occidental College

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Emerging Importance of Equity in California Environmental Law and Policy

1.25 Hours Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society

This panel will introduce the concepts of equity,environmental justice, diversity, and inclusion to give all conference attendees a shared baseline for understanding these principles. It will then consider the emergence of equity as an increasingly important touchstone for California environmental policy-making in recent years. By considering the (imperfect) pursuit of equity both in high-level lawmaking and in on-the-ground implementation in California, panelists will further develop ideas about meaningful ways to reflect equity in environmental law.


  • Maria Stamas, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Ed Ochoa, Office of the Attorney General
  • Peggy Otum, Arnold & Porter
  • Gladys Limón, California Environmental Justice Alliance

Moderator: Holly Roberson, Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Break

15 minute break! Stretch your legs out and grab something to drink.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Including All Voices in Land Use and Environmental Planning and Decision-Making

1 Hour Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society

Land use and environmental planning affect all members in a community. Now and into the future, the changing demographics in California are making it more important to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the land use and environmental planning and decision-making processes. This panel will discuss the challenges in engaging community members and increasing all voices in those contexts, from the perspectives of this panel of non-profit and government professionals. We will also discuss how organizations and entities can implement the goals of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in those processes.


  • Tiffany Eng, California Environmental Justice Alliance
  • Andrea Ruiz-Esquide, San Francisco City Attorney’s Office
  • Adrian Martinez, Earthjustice

Moderator: Jeannie Lee, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Break
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | The Power of Diversity: How Individual Identities and Perspectives Contribute to Environmental Law and Policy

1 Hour Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society

How do identities and perspectives of diverse individuals shape their views and influence their professional endeavors? Join speakers from non-profit organizations, government entities, and private practice for a soul-searching dialogue on how one’s personal background and experiences may help reshape environmental law and policy.


  • Antonette Cordero, Office of the Attorney General
  • Letitia Moore, Holland & Knight
  • Chelsea Tu, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
  • Oyango Snell, Western States Petroleum Association

Moderator: Miles Hogan, Assistant City Attorney II – Water, City of Ventura

4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. | Break-up: Group Discussion facilitated by Christopher “Smitty” Smith
5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Conclusion
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Networking Mixer

Bullocks Wilshire Building – Second Floor

Join the Environmental Law Section and the California Young Lawyers Association for a networking reception immediately following the conclusion of the 2019 Diversity Conference.

Essential Information

Registration Fees

  • $75 for Environmental Law Section Members
  • $140 for Non-Section Members (includes 2019 Environmental Law Section Membership)
  • $45 for Government/Non-Profit
  • $50 for CYLA Member
  • Free for Law Students (includes 2019 Environmental Law Section Membership)

Pre-Registration Deadline

In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to California Lawyers Association, or credit card information, must be received by September 11, 2019.

How to Register

  1. Register OnlineOnline registration has closed. Onsite registration will be available.
  2. Mail Registration Form to Program Registrations at:
    Program Registrations, California Lawyers Association
    400 Capitol Mall, Suite 650
    Sacramento, CA 95814
  3. Email to Registration Form to ProgramRegistrations@CAlawyers.org. In order to email your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopoies of checks will NOT be accepted.)
  4. On-site registration will be on a space available basis. Call to confirm space availability.

Cancellations/Refund Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than September 11, 2019 and are subject to a 10% service charge. Refunds will not be available after September 11, 2019.


For registration information, call 916-516-1757. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call 916-516-1744.

Special Assistance

For special assistance, please call 916-516-1744.

The California Lawyers Association is an approved State Bar of California MCLE provider.

This event may be recorded. By attending this event, you consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded, and to any use, by the CLA, of your likeness, voice, and name in any and all media including social media. If you do not want your name or photo to be used, please let us know in advance. We cannot, however, honor requests to opt out of the use of your image or voice if you choose to ask a question during one of the vent sessions.

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