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Volume 1, No. 1, Sept. 2009  | Contact Us | Archive  | Join the Section  

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Message from the New Chair

Dear Members,

Welcome to the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Environmental Law Section. As our section approaches its 25th anniversary, environmental law is as relevant as it has ever been, especially now with issues such as climate change, environmental justice, and green chemistry in the forefront. Yet, much has changed.

This year, the Environmental Law Section is initiating steps to take advantage of technology that will not only make many of our programs more convenient and accessible but will also provide you with opportunities to reduce your impact on the environment. Starting later this fall, please look for our webcast and webinar programs. We have an exciting year planned, and I look forward to your participation.

Pete Duchesneau
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Chair, LACBA Environmental Law Section

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Greening Your Practice

The Environmental Law Section is striving to serve as an example and as a resource for assisting you with greening all aspects of your legal practice.

At LACBA more and more programs, including Environmental Law Section programs, will be available as webcasts and webinars, enabling attendance via the Internet. This will better serve attorneys with limited time as well as reduce car travel and emissions, all the while counting for the same CLE credit as attending in person. Learn more about webcasts and webinars.

In addition to webcasts and webinars, the Environmental Law Section is looking to take advantage of other technology to lessen our footprint on the environment and make communication more convenient for our section members, including using our LinkedIn page and Twitter page. We will also soon be on Facebook, and other electronic media to provide event announcements and practice-specific updates.

With regard to greening your legal practice, you can consult materials prepared by the Environmental Law Section as well as other resources on the section’s members-only Web site, such as How to Green Your Law Office.

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Coming Events

View All Environmental Law Events

October 8, 2009: Global Warming Update, Lunch Seminar. Update on global warming legislation/regulation; analysis of practice challenges relating to uncertainties in the law; and preemption. 1 hour of CLE credit.

November 6, 2009:
 Eighth Annual Environmental Law Fall Symposium: So Sue Me. What's Hot in Environmental Litigation and Enforcement in Southern California. Keynote Speaker: Carmen Trutanich, new Los Angeles City Attorney.

NOTE: There are a very limited number of “early bird scholarship” registrations for the Fall Symposium available at $20 for law students, government attorneys, and public interest attorneys. To apply for your discounted registration price, please contact Lisa Bond at (213) 626-8484 or via e-mail at before October 23, 2009.

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Financial Benefits of Section Membership

If you are not yet a section member, please consider the financial benefits of membership. If you attend more than three lunch programs, our Fall Symposium and one other event, or our Super Symposium alone, the cost of section membership will pay for itself. Section membership is only $35. Section members save $10 on lunch programs, $30 on the Fall Symposium, and $50 on the Spring Super Symposium. Importantly, section membership also entitles you to attend certain events at no cost.

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Meeting Your Needs

The Los Angeles County Bar Association has developed a tool to assist in tailoring the LACBA experience to your needs. To increase the value of your membership, the My Practice online tool allows you, as a LACBA member, to quickly and conveniently provide additional information about your practice. With this tool, LACBA can learn more about your practice in order to serve you better in many ways. For more about the My Practice tool, after logging onto, simply complete the My Practice form (by clicking on the second link down on the left-hand side menu) and select Update Record. Members can also contact LACBA's Member Services Department to provide or edit this information by calling (213) 896-6560.

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