Environmental Law Section
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The 25th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite®
Thursday-Sunday, October 20-23, 2016
1122 Highway 41
Fish Camp, California (“The Gateway to Yosemite”)
Earn 11.25 hours participatory MCLE credit!
You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. Online registration will close on October 13.
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Join us for the 25th annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite®! The conference is a nationally recognized as the largest and most prestigious gathering in California of leaders in environmental, land use, and natural resources law. We hope you will join us and many of our nation’s top environmental officials, lawyers, and other professionals in the spectacular setting of Yosemite.
For more information, see Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite®.
Webinar: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act 2.0: 2 Years To 2020/2022
Monday, November 7, 2016, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
This program offers 1.5 hours participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to attend.
Prior to enactment of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in late 2014, groundwater use in California largely followed the infamous water law principles of “use it or lose it” and “race to the pumphouse”. In short, landowners and water purveyors who pumped hardest and drilled deepest generally held a decided advantage over other groundwater users. Drought over the last 7 years has resulted in reduced availability of surface water and more reliance on water below ground. In turn, falling groundwater levels across the state exacerbated an ever-growing conflict over limited water resources. The time was thus ripe for California to enact specific laws to regulate groundwater use. Hence, the impetus for SGMA. READ MORE.
Moderator: Alisha Winterswyk
Speakers: Steve Anderson and Meredith Nikkel
Environmental Law Update - January - April 2016
We are pleased to provide the Environmental Law Update, with recent judicial, legislative and regulatory developmetns in the area of Environmental Law, in our Members Only Area.
January - February - March - April 2016
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.
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 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