Environmental Law


Welcome to the Environmental Law Section of the California Lawyers Association. We are dedicated to furthering the knowledge of members in the fields of law affecting the environment and environmental regulatory law. Substantive areas and topics include: Air, litigation, energy, waste management, natural resources, water, land use, toxics and CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act).

Message from the Chair

We’re all adjusting to California’s “stay at home” orders and trying to determine what it means for us as lawyers and people, especially when the situation remains fluid and the future is uncertain.

It is our sincere hope that we make it through this time healthy and safe, and that by this summer and fall, we’ll be more than ready to see our peers, make new friends and contacts, and resume our lives.  To that end, the Environmental Law Section will continue planning for our annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite on October 15-18, 2020.  We began designing the conference content in January, before “stay at home” orders.  We are now in the process of finalizing panel topics, identifying potential speakers, looking for conference sponsors, and dreaming up fun new ways to enjoy the greater outdoors.  

We recognize these are strange times and most of us are likely affected socially and economically.  We have already decided to postpone our Private Enforcement Conference or investigate a virtual format for it.  However, we remain committed to the Yosemite Conference – both the content and the experience.  While we hope and expect the show will go as planned – we are also committed to ensuring Section members receive the same high-quality material on California environmental law, even if a different format is required.  The California Lawyers Association and the Environmental Law Section will monitor the COVID-19 situation and update our members if we need to make any material changes to the conference. 

If you have any questions, please submit them to environmental@calawyers.org.

Thank you all for your patience.  Stay safe.

Jennifer Novak, ELS Chair, 2019-2020


The Environmental Law Section is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Field of Environmental Law, to be presented at the annual Yosemite conference in October. The Section established this award in 2014 to recognize environmental lawyers who have contributed to the field of environmental law over a sustained period, achieved excellence in the practice of environmental law, and provided legal services with high ethics and collegiality.

Nominations and supporting materials must be received no later than April 22, 2020 at:

California Lawyers Association Environmental Law Section, Attention: Erica Ferrier
400 Capitol Mall, Suite 650
Sacramento, CA 95814 or
by email Environmental@CAlawyers.org

Nomination Instructions and Nomination Form

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Sacramento, CA 95814

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