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Webinar: California Legislation 101 – Turning Environmental Concepts into Law

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February 24, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

This is a free event and offers no MCLE.

Join us for a Legislation 101 to understand the legislative process in California and how you can get involved through CLA. CLA’s Environmental Law Section’s Legislative Committee serves as a resource to the California Legislature by reviewing environmental, and use, energy, and natural resources bills, offering constructive, non-partisan feedback focused on the legal and technical aspects of draft legislation. Any ELS member is eligible to join the Legislation Committee and participate in this process. If you are interested in contributing to this work, we invite you to learn more about California’s legislative process and how the ELS Legislative Committee works.

Speaker: Sabrina Ashjian

Sabrina Ashjian is a clinical supervising attorney at UC Berkeley’s Environmental Law Clinic and a lecturer who teaches environmental justice and legislative advocacy. She previously advanced animal welfare legislation as the California State Director of the Humane Society of the United States. She has nearly 15 years of legal experience including time as a public defender and consumer fraud & environmental protection prosecutor.

Ashjian has been appointed by two governors to serve the state. First by Governor Brown to the Cannabis Control Appeals Panel, and most recently, by Governor Newsom to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. She sits on numerous non-profit boards, including as President of National Women’s Political Caucus of California and Vice Chair of the ABA Environmental Justice Committee. For many of these boards she served as legislative chair, advancing policy issues for women’s rights and environmental protection.

Ashjian received a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, a master’s degree from University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Journalism, and a JD/MBA from Pepperdine University. She has a certificate in Sustainable Capitalism & ESG from Berkeley School of Law. Ashjian is admitted to practice law in California, New York, and the United States Supreme Court.

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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