California Lawyers Association

Environmental Law Section

Updates and events from the Environmental Law Section

The Environmental Law Section was well-represented at the California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting in Monterey on October 10-12. The Section presented four panels: “Holding the Line In the Face of Federal Rollbacks and Environmental Law;” “California and the International Environmental Legal Framework for Mitigating Climate Change” (co-sponsored with the International Law Section); “Stormwater Citizen Suit Liabilities in The Information Age;” and “Los Angeles River Stormwater Use and River Restoration: Competing or Compatible Visions?” Read more
The 28th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite® was another tremendous success! Over 650 participants enjoyed excellent speakers and panel presentations on a wide array of California environmental topics, fun and challenging outdoor activities in beautiful weather in Yosemite National Park, and many opportunities to network with friends old and new. Read more
The Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite® is nationally recognized as the largest and most prestigious gathering in California of leaders in environmental, land use and natural resources law. We hope you will join us and many of our nation’s top environmental officials, lawyers and other professionals in the spectacular setting of Yosemite. Read more
The 28th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite® is just days away! We look forward to seeing many of you on October 17-20, 2019, at the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp, California, minutes from Yosemite National Park. We have planned an outstanding array of panel discussions and morning plenary speakers, including Kori Carew (Friday), Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law (Saturday), and Jared Blumenfeld, California Secretary for Environmental Protection, and Wade Crowfoot, California Secretary for Natural Resources (Sunday). We will have a lunchtime Q&A session with Senator Scott Wiener on Friday, and our Saturday dinner speaker will be Mustafa Santiago Ali of the National Wildlife Federation. Read more
This program offers 1.5 participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate. 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,… Read more
This program offers 1.5 participatory MCLE credit; 1 Elimination of Bias. You must register in advance to participate. Certain environmental laws explicitly provide for government-to-government consultation between California’s Native Nations and local, state and federal agencies, but what does “consultation” mean? And what role does cultural bias play in the failure to recognize tribal governments as governments? This panel will describe tribal sovereignty, explore the unbreakable link between tribal sovereignty and the government-to-government concept, and describe the respect tribal leaders… Read more
In response to the housing shortage, California has been strengthening the state-mandated housing allocations for regions to assign to local governments. The state now requires streamlined local approval for housing projects in jurisdictions that are not producing enough housing, ties transportation funding to compliance, and is now suing some local governments for inaction. Join outgoing California Department of Housing and Community Development director Ben Metcalf to discuss this process and where policy may go from here. Read more
This program offers 1.5 participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate. 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… Read more
This program offers 1.5 participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate. 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… Read more
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.  Read more

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