Although the year might just be starting, efforts to safeguard the environment and transition to a clean energy economy remain in full swing. Join us each month for events meant to inspire and connect the E&E community throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Whether you want to catch up with fellow practitioners, hear from an expert speaker on a new topic, or join us for a celebration of our newest graduates - and tomorrow's leaders - there's a little something for everyone.  
January 2019

We invite you to join us tonight to celebrate the Berkeley Law E&E community at our San Francisco-based Happy Hour. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with other members of the community, including students, alumni, and CLEE staff & board members.

When:  January 22, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: Downtown San Francisco

February 2019

SEEJ, CLEE, and the Henderson Center invite you to SEEJ's spring symposium, "Ground-Truthing Injustice." The event will highlight how specific communities are disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and policies. It will bring together community members, EJ advocates, and lawyers in nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit practices through a day-long symposium at Berkeley Law. 

Mustafa Santiago Ali, the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus, will open the day with a keynote address. Three panels and a diversity and inclusion workshop will fill the rest of the day. Finally, the day will close with a networking reception where students, advocates, and environmental law practitioners can connect over food, drinks, and a shared vision for the future. Tickets are donation-based. 

When: February 8, 2019 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law School 
Cost: Tickets are donation-based; discretionary donations can be made to  CLEE's gift fund with subject line "SEEJ" 

The Man Behind the Curtain:
Science in Law of the Sea Adjudication

We are delighted to welcome the Honorable Judge Joan Donoghue as our featured speaker for the 2019 Harry and Jane Scheiber Lecture in Ocean Law & Policy. 

Judge Donoghue was elected to the International Court of Justice in 2010, following a career at the U.S. State Department, where she served as the Principal Deputy Legal Adviser (the senior career attorney) from 2007 to 2010.  Her work there spanned diverse topics in public international law, such as the negotiation and interpretation of treaties, the law of the sea, the environment, investment, human rights law and international humanitarian law. Judge Donoghue has had extensive experience with various forms of international dispute settlement, including claims agreements, arbitration and adjudication.  She has also taught at several U.S. law schools and has lectured frequently on aspects of international adjudication. 

The lecture series recognizes the influential scholarship of Harry N. Scheiber in ocean law history and policy and the Scheibers' joint contributions to advancing the subject through the Law of the Sea Institute's conferences and publications.

When: February 14, 2019 from 12:45 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 100 Boalt Hall, Berkeley Law School

March 2019

This program will address the differences between the implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act before and after the adoption of Senate Bill 743, which substituted analyzing and mitigating additional vehicle miles traveled (VMT) for maintaining Level of Service (LOS) standards.  The program will draw on five case studies based on projects previously approved under CEQA; a regional shopping mall, two mixed use redevelopments, a highway widening project and a General Plan update.  Presenters will include attorneys, transportation planners and transportation consultants with extensive experience in the field.

Topics to be discussed include:
  • VMT impact analysis (methodology; appropriate tools and models, determining impact area)
  • VMT significance thresholds (project effects, cumulative effects)
  • VMT significance thresholds (project, cumulative)
  • VMT mitigation strategies (project level, programmatic, VMT banks and transaction exchanges, legal and administrative framework)
Space is limited to 70 people to attend in person; registrants can view the program online streaming concurrently or subsequent to the program.

When: March 1, 2019
Where: The offices of the Southern California Association of Governments, Los Angeles
Cost: Varies; See registration and more info  here    

For more information on the subject, check out our report  Implementing SB 743.

April 2019

Ecology Law Quarterly and CLEE are co-hosting the Annual Banquet that celebrates all that our students, faculty, alumni, and environmental law practitioners have accomplished at Berkeley Law this year. Ecology Law Quarterly was the first student-run environmental law journal in the country, and remains a leading voice for environmental and energy scholarship. The banquet provides an opportunity for us to come together and celebrate that tradition, see the new and old faces of the journal, and to foster greater connectivity between students and those working in the field. The banquet also serves as a fundraiser for summer fellowships to support students pursuing work in public interest environmental law.
Guests at our 2017 banquet honoring John Cruden, former Assistant Attorney General, Environment & Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice

This year the banquet will take place on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Berkeley. Registration details will be available shortly. In the meantime, we hope you'll plan to come celebrate with us and reunite with old friends in what we are sure will be a night to remember! 

Please save the date! 

May 2019
Environmental & Energy Law Certificate Ceremony 

We invite students, alumni, faculty, and the broader E&E community to join us as we celebrates the accomplishments of our 2019 graduates and award Certificates of Specialization in Environmental and Energy & Clean Technology Law. With refreshments and entertainment, the event welcomes the next generation of environmental and energy law leaders into the E&E Practitioner community. 

Our 2018 E&E Certificate recipients

When: May 9, 2019, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Warren Room, (295 Boalt Hall), UC Berkeley School of Law 

Please RSVP here

CLEE is dedicated to developing pragmatic policy solutions to critical environmental and energy challenges, and to supporting the education of tomorrow's leaders in this field. If you would like to support these efforts, please consider making a one-time or recurring donation through our giving portal.

Any gift, no matter the size, is deeply appreciated. We are independently funded from the university, and we wouldn't be here today - and won't be here tomorrow - without you.