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LACBA Environmental Law Section


Welcome to the Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section! We hope you will take the opportunity to explore our website, and learn more about our Section's activities and programming.

Environmental lawyers are fortunate to practice in a very dynamic, highly diverse and rapidly evolving practice area. Change is a constant: whether related to priorities in federal and state policymaking and regulatory standards; litigation trends; or, for example, concerns about climate change and whether and how environmental laws can be effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the years and decades ahead, in California and globally.

A core goal of our Section is to ensure that our CLE programming reflects the diversity, breadth and evolving nature of our practices, and to keep our Members informed and up to date on topical issues. We do this in three ways: (1) a regular series of lunch hour programs at the LACBA offices; (2) our annual half-day Fall Environmental Law Symposium, to be held on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Century City InterContinental Hotel; and (3) our annual full-day Spring Environmental Law "Super Symposium," to be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown LA. Please note that we offer discounted registration rates to law students as well as government and NGO attorneys. Please check individual program information for details.

We also engage in a variety of outreach efforts, such as with law schools and community organizations, with the goals of promoting environmental awareness, providing advice on careers in environmental law, and encouraging involvement with our Section. Along similar lines, we host an annual spring membership reception—free for Section members—where we honor a guest who has made significant contributions in the area of environmental law.

It is my honor and pleasure to serve as the Environmental Law Section's Chair for 2014-15. On behalf of our entire Executive Committee, we hope you will join us at our programs and events. We look forward to seeing many familiar faces, and especially welcoming new ones. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions regarding our Section's activities, or how we can better serve the needs and interests of our membership.


Pete Nyquist
Chair, LACBA Environmental Law Section
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
1901 Avenue of the Stars, 21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 201-7540

Website Repository

As a benefit to LACBA Members, the Environmental Law Section has created this online website repository. The repository will give you convenient access to environmentally-related legal materials and developments that will hopefully be of help to your practice. If you have any materials or wish to inform he LACBA community of developments please e-mail either Patricia O'Toole at otoolelaw@earthlink.net or Stephen Holzer at sholzer@lewitthackman.com.

Section Materials

Regarding Save Tara v. City of West Hollywood
(The Supreme Court's decision can be found at (2008) 45 Cal. 4th 116)

• City's Petition
• Petitioner's Combined Answer Brief in Response to   Petitions for Review
• Answer on Merits

Sixth Circuit Clean Water Act Permit Shield
2015 General Storm Water Industrial Permit
EPA Final Rule-Definition of Solid Waste-January 13, 2015
U.S. 5th Circuit—restriction on 'arrranger' liability
Waters of the United States Proposed Rule—20140325 Prepublication

Upcoming Events

Information on upcoming events is available,
view the calendar here

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.

Click here to purchase Environmental Law products.

Additional Links

Information about Officers and Directors of the Section

We have created a list of commonly used websites and websites of interest to environmental attorneys. Please provide us with your suggestions and comments on this list.

Does our website help provide you with what you need to practice environmental law? Please submit comments to Kelly O'Donnell

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