Environmental Law Section
News from the Section
4 Hours of Self-Study CLE in Legal Ethics -- Complimentary for Members of the Environmental Law Section!
As a 2014 benefit of Section membership, we are pleased to offer four hours of MCLE credit in the field of Legal Ethics. That's enough to fulfill the Ethics requirement.
If you were purchasing these courses individually in our Online Catalog, they would cost $140 -- so that's your Section membership more than paid for, and then some!
Just watch these programs, and keep a record of having done so in the event you're audited for MCLE compliance.
You can access these programs any time this year in the Members Only Area.
The programs are:
- Avoiding the State Bar Disciplinary System
- Client Trust Accounting Fundamentals
- Ethical Implications for Lawyers in Cyberspace and Social Media
- Ethics and Civility: Want an Extension? Forget about It!
Chair's Message from the December Environmental Law eNews
It was an honor and a privilege for me to take over as Chair of the Environmental Law Section’s Executive Committee at October’s Yosemite Conference. As I begin my term as Chair, I would like to thank our immediate past Chair, Robert "Perl" Perlmutter, for his excellent stewardship of the Executive Committee over the past year. He left some big shoes to fill -- but also a very solid foundation on which to continue to build our Section over the coming year. I would also like to thank the professional staff at the State Bar that support our Section, who put in so many hours to make possible all of the events and activities our Section members enjoy. These efforts may be "behind-the-scenes" from the perspective of most Section members, but we should all be very appreciative for them because they make everything our Section does happen.
As 2013 draws to a close, all of us on the Executive Committee look forward to continuing next year to bring you top-quality educational programs like our flagship annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite®, webinars, publications like Environmental Law News and our Environmental Law Update (the most recent issue of which is now available on our website as summarized below), tracking of legislative developments, our annual mock negotiations competition for law students, and all of our other offerings to serve environmental law practitioners in California. You will be hearing more about all of these activities as we move forward into 2014.
I am particularly excited to inaugurate our new Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Field of Environmental Law, which will recognize California environmental lawyers that have made significant contributions to our field over the course of their careers. We will bestow the inaugural award at next year’s Yosemite Conference, and you can find full details about the award and the nomination process below. If you know of a worthy candidate for this award, please consider nominating them; nominations are due March 1, 2014.
It was great seeing so many Section members at Yosemite this year, and I am looking forward to working with and getting to know more of you during the coming year. If you’d like to find out more about our Section or if you have any suggestions or ideas for improving the services we provide our members, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
With best wishes for peace and joy during this year-end holiday season, and for a happy new year in 2014,
Alexander “Sandy” Crockett
Chair, Environmental Law Section Executive Committee
Invitation for Nominations: Environmental Law Section Award for Lifetime Contribution to the field of Environmental Law
The Environmental Law Section of the State Bar has established a new Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Field of Environmental Law. The award recognizes 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. Eligible lawyers include those engaged in traditional law practice (i.e., lawyers who directly engage in the legal representation of clients), as well as those who have made their contributions to the profession in other settings such as government service or academia. To be eligible for the award, a person must have at least five years of experience as a California environmental lawyer.
The inaugural award will be announced in October at the 2014 Environmental Law Section Yosemite Conference®. The award winner will be invited to attend the conference to receive the award.
The Environmental Law Section has developed a nomination form for the award. The nomination form explains the nomination process and required submissions, and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions can be directly below. Nominations are due by March 3, 2014. If you’ve got a colleague, friend, mentor, neighbor, or long-time adversary who you think is deserving, please consider nominating that person for recognition by our profession!
Frequently Asked Questions: Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Field of Environmental Law
The Environmental Law Section of the State Bar has established an award for Lifetime Contribution to the Field of Environmental Law. The following are some answers to questions concerning this new award.
- What is the purpose of the award?
The Environmental Law Section established this award 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. Other criteria for selecting the recipient include the following: demonstrated commitment to the practice of environmental law; exhibited a commitment to work on a range of environmental issues irrespective of the level of public attention and media focus on such issues; implemented a new and/or creative approach to an environmental law issue; provided quality professional services; and improved the lives of others.
- How do I nominate someone for the award?
The Environmental Law Section has developed a nomination form for the award. The nomination form explains the nomination process and required submissions. Among other requirements, the nominator must prepare a statement of nomination of less than 200 words. Nominations are due by March 1, 2014.
- Who is eligible for the award?
To be eligible, a person must have at least five years of experience as a California environmental lawyer.
- Must a recipient be a member of the State Bar of California, and/or be actively engaged, or have formerly engaged, in the “practice of law”?
No. Lawyers who are not members of the State Bar of California and/or do not engage and have not engaged in the formal “practice of law” (i.e., performing services in a court of justice in any matter depending therein throughout its various stages and in conformity with the adopted rules of procedure) are eligible for the award. Examples of California environmental lawyers who do not “practice law,” but are eligible for the award, include lawyers working in government, non-profits, corporations, and academia.
- When will the inaugural award be announced?
The award will be announced at the 2014 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite®, which is scheduled for October 17-19, 2014 in Fish Camp, CA at the Tenaya Lodge. The award winner will be invited to attend the conference to receive the award.
- Who should I contact if I have other questions about the award?
Submit questions to the Chair of the Environmental Law Section’s Executive Committee, Alexander “Sandy” Crockett, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Student Negotiations Competition -- Judges Needed!
Friday, March 21, 2014
9 am to 5 pm
UCLA School of Law
First Prize: $1000, Second Prize: $500
Registration Deadline: January 17, 2014
One Entry Per Law School. Check with your school’s academic dean about the selection process for your school. For more information, see the 15th Annual Student Environmental Negotiations Competition.
The Section is currently seeking judges for the program. If you are a member of the ELS and are interested in acting as a judge, please contact Olivia Karlin at email@example.com or Ethan Elkind at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Firm Can Take the State Bar Eco-Pledge!
More legal practices are taking steps to be sustainable in their operations. Saving energy and resources not only supports sustainability goals, impressing clients and improving employee morale, but these efforts often translate into significant cost savings for the operation.
If your firm is working to become more sustainable, or wants to do so, your law practice can sign onto the California State Bar Eco-Pledge.
For more information, see the State Bar Sustainability website.
Yosemite 2013 Wrap-Up
The Environmental Law Section hosted its 22nd annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite® in October at the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp, CA, on the edge of Yosemite National Park. 527 registered participants from all over California and elsewhere enjoyed top-quality presentations, in-depth discussions of important issues facing California today, socializing, and networking in a spectacular mountain setting, all while earning up to 12 hours of MCLE credit.
Notable speakers included State Controller John Chiang; Environmental Law Institute President and former high-ranking U.S. Department of Justice environmental attorney John C. Cruden; Commissioner Carla Peterman of the California Public Utilities Commission; and our Saturday night banquet keynote speaker, award-winning filmmaker Mark Kitchell, who shared with us stories from the making of his documentary on the history of the environmental movement, A Fierce Green Fire.
Highlights also included a number of guided outdoor activities including hikes and a mountain bike ride in the perfect late-autumn weather.
Many thanks are due to all of those who helped make this fantastic event possible, including Conference Co-Chairs Matt Vespa and Howard “Chip” Wilkins and their Yosemite Planning Committee; the speakers and moderators who provided the content of the presentations; our many generous sponsors without whom the Conference would not be financially viable; and of course our hard-working State Bar staff who handled the never-ending administrative arrangements. We have already begun planning for next year’s conference, October 17-19, 2014. Mark your calendars now!
Here are a few photos from 2013. See larger versions of these photos on the Sections' Facebook page!
2013 Energy Conference Wrap Up
On November 14, the ELS hosted a day-long energy conference at UC Berkeley’s School of Law focusing on Climate Change and California’s Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Renewables, Fuels and Markets. Attendees were treated to three panel discussions, in addition to a presentation by David Hochschild, Commissioner of the California Energy Commission, entitled “California’s Regulatory Approach to Renewables and Greenhouse Gas Reduction, and a Keynote presentation entitled “AB 32 and California’s Energy Future” by Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board. Due to the success of this and our prior energy conferences, the ELS has elected to make the Energy Conference an annual event beginning in the spring of 2015. Stay tuned for more information.
Environmental Law Update -- October - December 2013
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 October to December, follow the links below.
Environmental Law Update: October to December 2013
Any questions regarding The Update should be directed to Cyndy Day-Wilson at email@example.com.
Update Your State Bar Profile Online
Were you aware of the feature on the State Bar's website that allows you to add a photo and otherwise expand your State Bar profile? Using a secure link within My State Bar Profile, attorneys may add information to their public record to include area(s) of practice, any additional language(s) spoken, their law firm’s website address and a photo. To get started, log in to My State Bar Profile, and click on the “Expanded Profile” link.
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.
MCLE Credit From the Environmental Law Section
See our Educational Opportunities page for information on how you can get participatory MCLE credit for listening to or viewing Environmental Law Section programs online, or self-study credit for listening to tapes of Environmental Law Section programs.
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 member 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.
Environmental Law Section
The State Bar of California
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639