California Lawyers Association

Environmental Law Section

Updates and events from the Environmental Law Section

The Section’s Executive Committee was hard at work recently planning the 29th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite®, which will take place on October 15-18, 2020, at the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp, California. Read more
This webinar will capture new California environmental legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments and includes implications of the Wheeler US EPA. This webinar will capture the current state of US EPA policies, programs, and enforcement and evaluate the interplay with the California regulatory framework, EPA Region IX priorities, State Attorney General initiatives, and NGO-related citizen suits. Read more
Join us in-person or via live webcast! Earn 1.5 Hours MCLE Participatory Credit. Thursday, January 30, 202012 noon - 1:30 p.m. California Lawyers Association400 Capitol Mall, Suite 650 Sacramento, CA 95818 >> Live Webinar Registration>> In-Person Registration This webinar will capture new California environmental legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments and includes implications of the Wheeler US EPA. This webinar will capture the current state of US EPA policies, programs, and enforcement and evaluate the interplay with the California regulatory framework,… Read more
This webinar covers the fundamentals of traditional (section 1085) and administrative (section 1094.5) writs under the California Code of Civil Procedure, and provides examples of when and how to file writ of mandate petitions. The session also explores litigation strategies and best practices when bringing writ petitions, including important pre and post-filing considerations (e.g. exhaustion, augmenting the record, civil discovery, and notice requirements). Read more
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

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