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LACBA Environmental Law Section


Welcome to the Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section! Our Section is made up of a diverse mix of environmental lawyers with representatives from government, academia, large law firms, small law firms, solo practices, and corporate legal departments. Our members work in all areas of environmental law and we are excited to offer a wide-range of programming over the upcoming year.

In California, environmental legal issues are at the forefront of most of our political debates and policy considerations. We are lucky to be a part of a rapidly growing and ever-changing area of law. In order to best prepare our members to meet these challenges, we offer a variety of continuing legal education programs. Next year we will be hosting two symposia (a half-day program in the fall and a full-day program in the spring), a variety of lunch programs, and a special reception honoring someone who has made significant contributions to environmental law. All of these events are excellent opportunities to improve your skills and network with some of the best lawyers in our field.

It is my great honor to serve as the Environmental Law Section's Chair for 2015-2016. If you have any suggestions for programming or would like to become involved, please give us a call. We wholeheartedly welcome new ideas and new members. On behalf of the Section, we hope that you will join us and look forward to an exciting year.

Laura B. Renger
Chair, LACBA Environmental Law Section
Southern California Edison

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.

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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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