Environmental Law Section
News from the Section
Chair's Message from the July Environmental Law eNews
Several years ago the State Bar of California adopted a voluntary Law Office Sustainability Policy, in recognition of the reality that the day-to-day practice of law has significant environmental impacts. The State Bar also adopted a voluntary “Eco-Pledge,” which encourages attorneys and law firms to take steps to minimize that impact. This edition of eNews describes the Bar’s sustainability policy and contains a link to the State Bar webpage on which firms and attorneys can take that pledge. If you or your firm have not already signed up, I encourage you to do so.
On the educational front, we may be in the midst of summer, but the Environmental Law Section is busily planning several educational programs for this fall and beyond. The items below report on several of these events. Our panelists and plenary speakers for this year’s Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite have now been finalized, and brochures will be sent out later this summer. Hopefully, you already have saved the date (October 24-27) on your calendars.
Also in October, the Environmental Law Section will be sponsoring four panels at the State Bar’s 86th Annual Meeting. A link to register for these and other panels is included below.
If you have questions or comments on eNews, or want to participate or volunteer for the section, please feel free to contact me.
Chair, Environmental Law Section Executive Committee
Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
Invitation for Nominations: Environmental Law Section Award for Lifetime Contribution to the field of Environmental Law
The Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for the 2014 Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Field of Environmental Law. 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. For more information, see the nomination form.
Events of Interest
"A Fierce Green Fire | The Battle for a Living Planet" An Evening with Mark Kitchell and Ruth Sakheim
Please join us on the evening of December 5, 2013, for a free screening of the acclaimed documentary “A Fierce Green Fire” – an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
This film explores the history of the environmental movement spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. The film’s five acts cover David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon; Lois Gibbs and Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals; Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals; Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubbertappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest; and Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address climate change.
Following the screening, we are pleased to present a discussion with the film’s director, Mark Kitchell, who also directed the Academy Award-nominated film “Berkeley in the Sixties” and his partner and collaborator, artist and activist Ruth Sakheim.
Location: Auditorium, Elihu Harris Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland. Near BART 12th Street Station. Accessible by public transit.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 6 p.m. Please RSVP to Stephanie.Carman@calbar.ca.gov and include the number of attendees.
The views expressed in the film and at the event do not represent the views of The State Bar of California, the Environmental Law Section, or its members.
For more information about the film, visit http://www.afiercegreenfire.com.
Environmental Law Update -- July-September 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 April to June, follow the links below.
Environmental Law Update: July to September 2013
Any questions regarding The Update should be directed to Cyndy Day-Wilson at email@example.com.
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.
June 2013 Private Enforcement Conference Review
On June 28, 2013, the tri-annual Private Enforcement Conference was held at the Elihu Harris Building in Oakland, CA with over 120 attendees. Despite an early fire drill, the rest of the conference went off without a hitch, offering detailed information and insights from expert practitioners on the most salient and timely issues involving the prosecution and defense of citizens’ suits. Keynote speaker Matthew Rodriquez, CalEPA Secretary, spoke about the importance of citizen enforcement in protecting the public health and the environment and how to productively work with government agencies. The four panel discussions covered the "soup to nuts" of environmental enforcement, CEQA and climate change mitigation, advancing environmental justice tools, and how to obtain and use government information available online. If you missed the conference, don't fret; the panel discussions will be made available online through the CalBar.gov website.
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.
Congratulations to the 2013 Student Negotiations Competition Winners!
The 2013 Student Negotiations Competition took place on Friday, March 15, 2013 at Golden Gate University, 536 Mission Street, San Francisco.The winning team received a cash prize of $1,000; the second place team, $500. Both the first and second place teams received recognition in the State Bar of California’s Environmental Law Section Newsletter.All students entered in the competition receive one year’s complimentary membership in the Environmental Law Section.
||UC Berkeley #2
||Thomas Jefferson #2
||California Western #2
||Golden Gate #2
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
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639