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Welcome to the Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section. We have many exciting programs planned for 2013-14.

As always, we are planning great lunch-hour programs and a Spring Symposium. These programs can help you stay up to date and learn more about particular environmental law topics, all while earning MCLE credit. For those of you who are new to the practice of environmental law, we also are offering Nuts and Bolts programs. Please do not hesitate to check this website regularly for upcoming programs.

This year we are starting a new Sustainability Series. For years, the Section has been offering programs on various Sustainability issues. Now certain of those programs will be significantly designated, in the posted program materials, as part of the Sustainability Series. Those who complete the Sustainability Series will receive documentation of this fact. The goal is not only to enhance proficiency on Sustainability legal issues, but to help those who complete the Series gain documented recognition for having done so.

The upcoming programs also provide a much-welcomed opportunity to "meet and greet" our many talented colleagues in the Environmental Law Section. We very much look forward to seeing you there!

Given our Section's many accomplishments, and the extraordinary collective expertise and commitment of those on our Executive Committee, I am honored to serve as the Environmental Law Section's Chair for 2013-14. Our Executive Committee looks forward to serving your needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or would like to see our Section address something specific in the future.

Beth S. Dorris
Law Offices of Beth S. Dorris
(310) 476-4761
Chair, LACBA Environmental Law Section

Upcoming Events

Information on upcoming events is available,
view the calendar here
Upcoming Events flyer, click here to view.

LACBA Environmental Section Annual Spring Reception Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30
Register here

You are cordially invited to join the Environmental Law Section as we honor State Senator Fran Pavley at our annual Spring Membership Reception.  The reception will take place on Thursday, April 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Tom Bradley Tower Room at the top of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Senator Pavley, a highly respected environmental law legislator who serves as Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, will be honored for her work in the establishment of climate change legislation, and other environmental laws and policies. Among other notable accomplishments, she was the author of the landmark climate change bill AB 32, which has become a model for other states and nations.

Attendance is complimentary for Environmental Law Section members, judicial officers, government/public interest attorneys, and law students. We hope you can join us for an evening of fun, casual networking, camaraderie building, and outreach to prospective Section members.

We wish to thank the following firms for their sponsorship of this event:

Alston & Bird LLP
Best Best & Krieger LLP
Caldwell Leslie & Proctor
ENVIRON International Corporation
Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Parker, Milliken, Clark, O'Hara & Samuelian

This event is FREE to Environmental Law Section members, judicial officers, government/public interest attorneys, and law students.  FREE registration here.

Lunch Programs

Practical and Regulatory Challenges of Climate Change
Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30

California's Drought: An Update on Current Water Supply Reliability Issues and their Legal Implications June, Date TBD

Event Materials

April 04, 2014
28th Annual Environmental Law Super Symposium: Saving our Environmental Dollars and Sense

Keynote Speaker: Felicia Marcus, Chair of the California State Water Board

Panel 1: High Stakes CERCLA Litigation: Lessons Learned from the Rialto-Colton Basin Litigation
Panel 2: When Residents and Industry Collide: Jobs, Environmental Justice, and Regulatory Responses
Panel 3: Hydraulic Fracturing: the New "F" Word
Panel 3: California Oil and Gas Well Stimulation: Overview of the Law and Regulations
Panel 3: Environmental Issues with Hydraulic Fracturing
Panel 4: ASTM E1527 Phase I ESA Standard Update - 2013
Panel 5: From the Soils to the Rooftop: Emerging Trends and Issues Affecting Economic Development
Panel 6: Environmental Enforcement: The View from the Prosecutor's and Plaintiff's Side of the Courtroom

April 12, 2013
27th Annual Environmental Law Super Symposium:
Future Perfect - What's Happening Now in Environmental Law

Event Materials
(PDF file, 265 pp.)
Panel 3: PowerPoint Presentation, George E. Hays
Panel 3, Figure 2 – Impacts of Additional and Non-Additional Offsets, pdf
Panel 4: PowerPoint Presentation, Gene A. Lucero
Panel 6: PowerPoint Presentation, Michael J. Carroll

All event materials of older events can be found in the Archives.

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