Environmental Law Section

News from the Section

Environmental Law Section to Receive For People of Color, Inc.'s (FPOC) 2014 Diversity Award

For People of Color, Inc. logoSandy Crockett, current Chair of the Environmental Law Section, will be on hand to accept For People of Color, Inc.’s (FPOC) 2014 Diversity Award which is being given to the State Bar Environmental Law Section for its “demonstrated, sustained commitment to diversifying the profession”.  The presentation will be part of  the “A Night Out With FPOC” event scheduled for July 10, 6 to 9 pm, at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. 

Tickets are available HERE. FPOC will also be presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Trailblazer Award at this event.

The Environmental Law Section furthers the knowledge of members in the fields of law affecting the environment and environmental regulatory law.  The Section presents a highly acclaimed Environmental Conference at Yosemite each October, has provided scholarships and fellowships to numerous diverse and other students and professionals, and has partnered with FPOC and others.

FPOC provides free, high-quality law school admissions consulting services to thousands of prospective law school applicants.  FPOC has been widely recognized as a leader in its efforts to diversify the profession.  Its workshops and publications are credited with assisting diverse students gain admission to the country’s most selective law schools.

Chair's Message from the March Environmental Law eNews

Sandy Crocket Dear Environmental Law Section members:

This issue of the Environmental Law Section's e-News highlights some of the benefits you receive as Section members.

One of my favorite benefits is the Environmental Law Section Update, which is a comprehensive report on the most recent environmental cases from the California and Federal courts as well as legislative and regulatory developments related to environmental law. The Update is issued quarterly, and each issue breaks down the previous quarter's developments by subject-matter area so you can quickly review the topics relevant to your particular practice. This is a valuable benefit is available only to members of the Environmental Law Section, and you can access it in the "Members Only" section of our website. You can also find further information below, along with direct web links to the current issue (covering the 4th quarter of 2013). I encourage you to check out the Update if you are not already using it.

A second valuable benefit we are highlighting in this e-News is the four free hours of ethics MCLE self-study credits we have recently begun offering to all Section members. These self-study credits will allow you to complete your entire MCLE ethics requirement for your current compliance period, free of charge, without even having to leave your desk. This benefit is available on the website's "Members Only" section as well, and further information is also provided below.

And of course, these benefits come on top of the many valuable conferences and webinars that the Section sponsors, our Section journal Environmental Law News, our legislative bill tracking service, and much more.

Thank you for being a member of the Environmental Law Section, and we hope that you will take advantage of these benefits of your membership!

Alexander “Sandy” Crockett
Chair, Environmental Law Section Executive Committee

The State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting, September 11-14, 2014, Grand Hyatt San Diego

The State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting
September 11-14, 2014
San Diego, California

Annual Meeting PreviewYou can now REGISTER ONLINE for the Annual Meeting.
Early-bird Pre-Registration Deadline (Save $100): August 13

The State Bar of California returns to San Diego for the 2014 Annual Meeting. The new meeting logo “My Annual Meeting” simply states that this is your annual meeting: an event for legal professionals that blends business, education, entertainment and the opportunity to meet and engage with law professionals from throughout California.

The four-day meeting will showcase an education agenda consisting of 143 MCLE seminars covering a variety of substantive topics, legal technology, access to justice, UPL, attorney advertising, and other key areas of interest.

The Annual Meeting Preview is now online! Be sure to see Special Events for information about luncheons, social events, the California Women Lawyers Annual DinnerAnnual Exhibit Show62st Annual Bench & Bar Art ExhibitConference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), and Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities. See Hotel and Travel for information about the Annual Meeting hotels, airline and rental car discounts.See the schedules for individual days for a chronological list of all programs, with descriptions: Schedule for ThursdaySchedule for FridaySchedule for SaturdaySchedule for Sunday.

The Section is presenting:

Program 35

CEQA Guidelines for the 21st Century: Updates Headed Your Way

Program 49

California Legal Issues Over Hydraulic Fracturing of Oil and Gas Wells

Program 80

Air Quality Regulatory Changes: What’s in the Air for Business and Consumers

Program 114

What You Need to Know About Industrial Storm Water Permits

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

Environmental Law Update -- January-March 2014

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.

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

Four Hours of Self-Study CLE in Legal Ethics -- Complimentary for Members of the Environmental Law Section!

The Section thanks you for your membership!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 and the accompanying written materials 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!

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. Go to http://calbar.inreachce.com/ to find a program of interest to you.

Berkeley and UCLA Law Students Take First and Second Place in the Environmental Law Section Student Negotiation Competition Held at UCLA School of Law on March 21, 2014

Eighteen teams of two from law schools across the State competed in this year's Student Negotiation Competition at UCLA School of Law on March 21, 2014. The students competed in two rounds of negotiations involving fictitious environmental law issues Judged by attorney volunteers on several factors related to their negotiation skills, the top four teams after two rounds advanced to a final round. Based on the total score of all three rounds, the Berkeley team was named the first place winner, and the UCLA team took second place. These teams won prizes of $1,000 and $500, respectively. The top ten performing teams were:

  1. UC Berkeley School of Law (Team B), Andrew Coghlan and Francis Choi
  2. UCLA School of Law (Team E), Heather Leslie and Ryan Berghoff
  3. Chapman University, Fowler School of Law (Team K), Ali Razavi and Brandon Howard
  4. Santa Clara University School of Law (Team A), Victoria Loomis and William McAdoo
  5. UC Berkeley School of Law (Team C)
  6. California Northern School of Law (Team D)
  7. California Western School of Law (Team G)
  8. Whittier Law School (Team R)
  9. Thomas Jefferson School of Law (Team M)
  10. Golden Gate University School of Law (Team F)

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

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing 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.

Contact Us

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