Environmental Law Section
News from the Section
The 17th Annual Student Environmental Negotiations Competition
Friday, March 18, 2016
9 am to 5 pm
UCLA School of Law
385 Charles E. Young Drive East
Please join members of the Environmental Law Section Executive Committee and Final Round Judges for a reception immediately following the competition
First Prize: $1000, Second Prize: $500
Registration Deadline: January 22, 2016
For the full program brochure, see 17th Annual Student Environmental Negotiations Competition.
The Section Seeks Judges for 2016 Student Negotiations Competition
The Environmental Law Section seeks LA-area attorneys to act as judges for the annual California State Bar Environmental Law Section Student Negotiations Competition on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the at UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles. The competition involves approximately twenty two-person teams from law schools across the state participating in a mock negotiation of a complex environmental dispute. Judges will need to observe and critique two rounds of competition, and should expect to be at UCLA from about 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the day of the competition. Judges will need to prepare by reviewing the judging criteria, competition rules and the competition problem. There are no briefs to review or grade, and judges do not question the participants. Morning snacks and lunch will be provided for participating judges.
Please email Amy Gaylord (email@example.com) as soon as possible if you would like to participate.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's Easy To Be Green: How To Sign Onto The State Bar Eco-Pledge -- And Get Recognized at the Yosemite Conference!
Have 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.
Four Hours of Self-Study CLE in Legal Ethics -- Complimentary for Members of the Environmental Law Section!
As a 2015 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 and the accompanying written materials any time this year in the Members Only Area.
The programs are:
Advertising Your Expertise and Experience: What Can You Do to Build Your Practice While Meeting Your Ethical Obligations?
Conflicts of Interest and Disqualification Arising from Prior Client Representation: What are the Rules?
- Ethics Update 2014: Significant Development in the Law of Lawyering
- Lawyering on the Outside: Electronic Communications & Social Networking vs. Ethics & Professional Responsibility
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 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