Environmental Law Section

News from the Section

Private Enforcement of Environmental Law: Key Developments, Trends and Tactics

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. Register by May 19!

Earn 5.25 Hours MCLE Credit

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For more information, see Private Enforcement of Environmental Law.

Sea Level Rise in San Diego: Managing a Changing Coast

Co-sponsored by The Surfrider Foundation

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
9 a.m. - 12 noon
San Diego Foundation, Hoffman Community Room, 
2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92106

Earn 2.0 Hours MCLE Credit 

REGISTER ONLINE NOW Online registration will close on June 7, 2016.

Seas are rising and storms are worsening, creating conflicts over how to manage our changing coastline and protect coastal infrastructure.  The San Diego region faces tough choices in adapting to changing coastal conditions.   This public event brings together experts in the science and policy of coastal adaptation in the San Diego region to inform community decision-making and to discuss the region’s coastal adaptation choices. 

Open to all community members with an interest in our changing coastline.  Our emphasis will be on sharing information relevant to making local decisions about our coast.  We’ll hear from experts on the science of sea level rise and coastal adaptation, as well as from policymakers at the front lines of decision-making.  We encourage non-lawyers to attend.

For full information, see Seal Level Rise in San Diego. You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program.


Webinar Replay: 2015 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite: Diversity and the Environmental Bar - Look to your Left, Look to your Right - Where Are the People of Color?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1.5 hours of participatory MCLE credit, including 1 hour in the area of Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society. You must register in advance to participate.

California is the second most diverse state in the Union (surpassed only by Hawaii). On July 1, 2013, the State officially confirmed its “majority minority” status, with non-Latino whites accounting for less than fifty percent of the State population for the first time since California’s statehood. On every front, we tackle issues that impact and are influenced by California’s diverse population, yet, the oft-stated goal of achieving diversity among the environmental bar remains elusive. Why is this so? A growing body of research shows that a number of unconscious and institutional factors impact who we hire, retain and promote. This panel seeks to not only highlight the lack of diversity in the world of environmental law, but discuss the reasons behind this phenomenon and present generally-applicable strategies for combating our unconscious and institutional biases.


  • Julie Cho
  • Gladys Limon
  • Letitia Moore
  • Jyoti Nanda

Webinar: California Legislative / Regulatory Update

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 11 a.m. - 12 noon

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to attend.

This webinar will describe recent environmental regulatory developments at the federal, California, and regional levels including legislation, regulations, and key court opinions.  These new requirements will include an analysis and implications with respect to California businesses from a practitioner’s perspective.

Speaker: Gary Lucks

Webinar: Enforcement Priorities

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to attend.

Participants will learn about environmental enforcement priorities established by US EPA and Cal-EPA.  The Director of EPA Region 9’s Enforcement Division will discuss the approach to enforcement, including the national enforcement initiatives as well as issues of particular focus for Region 9. The EPA’s new process for assessing and responding to self-disclosures of civil non-compliance will also be discussed.  The Deputy Secretary for Law Enforcement & Counsel to Cal-EPA will share Cal-EPA’s enforcement priorities and initiatives.

Moderator: Gary Lucks


  • Alice Busching Reynolds, Deputy Secretary for Law Enforcement & Counsel, Cal EPA
  • Kathleen Johnson, Director, Enforcement Division, EPA Region 9

Top Ten Schools Ranking from the Environmental Law Section 2016 Student Negotiations Competition

We are pleased to announce the top ten schools ranking from the 2016 Student Negotiations Competition, held Friday, March 18, 2016, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at UCLA School of Law.

Team Rankings 


Team Members

Team Letter


California Western School of Law 

Shelby Shelton
Robert Prine 



Whittier School Of Law

Barrett Alexander
Garrett Dunbar  



UC Berkeley School of Law

Nihkil Sharma 
Chelsea Turner



Chapman University, Fowler School of Law 

Melissa Duchene
Kyle Hinton   



UC Berkeley School of Law

Alyssa Golay 
Bilal Malik 



Western State College of Law 

Alex Shabaan
Michi Kono   



Loyola School OF Law

Lital Ruimy 
Christopher Johnson



UC Hastings School of Law 

Chris Ballard 
Andrew Weaver



UCLA School of Law

Danielle Manning
Shannon Clark  



Santa Clara University

Jim Logan 
Angela Nelson


For more information, see Student Negotiations Competition.

Environmental Law Update -- April-June 2015

Since 1999, the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California has sponsored the Environmental Law Section Update. The Update reports quarterly on recent Federal and California case law of note, as well as significant legislative and regulatory developments. The Update is a member benefit posted in our members-only area.

Click HERE to go directly to The Update and enter your State Bar Number and password. If you haven't created an account on My State Bar Profile, you can do so at https://members.calbar.ca.gov.

For an expanded discussion of this and other state and federal environmental cases from January-March, follow the links below.

Environmental Law Update: April - June 2015

Any questions regarding The Update should be directed to Cyndy Day-Wilson at cday-wilson@ci.eureka.ca.gov.

It's Easy To Be Green: How To Sign Onto The State Bar Eco-Pledge -- And Get Recognized at the Yosemite Conference!

Lawyers for a Sustainable CaliforniaHave you wondered what more your office can do to reduce energy and resource demands? Law offices in all sectors are taking steps to be more sustainable in their operations. Saving energy and resources not only supports sustainability goals, impressing clients and elevates employee morale. These efforts can also translate into significant cost savings for the operation.

If your firm or law office is working to become more sustainable, or wants to do so, in just three easy steps your law practice can sign onto the California State Bar Eco-Pledge. Once it does, your organization can use the State Bar Eco-Pledge Logo on firm materials to demonstrate this commitment to sustainability.

Step 1: Review the Voluntary State Bar of California Lawyers Eco-Pledge and Model Law Office Sustainability Guidelines. Adopted by the Board of Governors, these Guidelines include a list of specific means to conserve, reuse, recycle and reduce the use of supplies, energy and natural resources. The Guidelines cover a range of issues, including the following:

  • Educate Staff
  • Reduce paper use
  • Use sustainable service providers
  • Eliminate disposable items
  • Reuse/recycle equipment and supplies
  • Reduce toxic chemicals
  • Use and encourage “green” meetings
  • Reduce water usage
  • Reduce energy use
  • Develop sustainable IT practices
  • Purchase sustainable products
  • Provide commuter incentives
  • Engage in sustainability related public service consumption
  • Participate in programs that encourage best practices
  • Carpool, bike and public transit
  • Recycle paper

Step 2: Assign someone at the firm to take the lead on implementing the policy (as is feasible for the individual firm) and commit to educate employees about the policy.

Step 3: Take the Eco-Pledge! Fill out the simple one-page form and submit it to the Environmental Law Section.

The Eco-Pledge is voluntary and there are no inspections or compliance audits, but the simple act of putting someone at the firm in charge of the issue, educating employees about the measures that have been implemented, and revisiting the commitment annually will translate into increased sustainability of your operations in addition to cost savings to your firm.

The nearly 40 law firms that have already taken the Eco-Pledge are listed on our Section website. In addition, we will be providing special recognition at this year’s Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite to all the firms that have taken the Eco-Pledge and determined that sustainability is core to their business. We urge those offices that are interested in sustainability to sign up now and receive recognition at the Conference. You too can be green. Take the initiative and take the State Bar Eco-Pledge!

In Case You Missed It -- Past Webinars Available Online!

Did you know that the Section’s Webinars are available at low cost to view on line? Have you ever wanted CLE credit on topics that actually interest you? Was there a presentation you wanted to attend but just couldn’t make your schedule cooperate? If so, never fear! Almost 40 (and that number is growing) Environmental Law Section Webinars are available on line, including titles such as "CEQA 101 -- Learn the Basics!", "Beyond 2020: How Will California Meet its 2050 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals?" and many others. See Environmental Law Section Courses in the Online Catalog to find a program of interest to you.

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

Follow the Sections and CYLA on Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn!




Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter. Connect with us on LinkedIn!

Social media, anyone? The Sections and the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) now have a page on Facebook, Twitter and a new LinkedIn account, where we can keep you up-to-date on our latest news and events.

We're also looking forward to interacting with a wider community and reaching out to people who are not currently members.

We invite you to "Like" us and follow our "Tweets. "

And by the way, the CYLA definition of "young" is any California attorney under the age of 36 or in their first five years of practice.

Members Only Area

 The Environmental Law Section is pleased to offer a members only area, including online issues of Environmental Law News and Environmental Law Update. Our new members only area also includes a number of other benefits available through My State Bar Profile. For more information, see Members Only Area.

Save money with CEB

Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending a special offer to our section. As a membCEB Discount Program for Section Memberser of the Environmental Law Section, you're eligible for a rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.

Contact Us

Environmental Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
FAX 415-538-2368