To the Emmett Institute community:

Each month, we write to you to share updates of the activities of our students, faculty, and alumni, including links to new research, invitations to events, and other news from our work at UCLA and in our community (several items from our work in March are listed below).

As our city, state, and country respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus, we wanted to share with you details on how we are adapting to these rapidly changing and difficult circumstances. Since March 11, UCLA has transitioned to remote instruction and the Emmett Institute has moved to a remote-work model. As of last week, much of our campus is quiet as we adhere to the city and state’s “Safer at Home” guidance.

We know this has been a trying time for everyone in our community. We have been encouraging our students and peers to prioritize their physical and mental health and well-being, with UCLA providing a set of useful guidance and resources . The UCLA Newsroom  COVID-19 page   provides regular updates on our campus response and links to information from reliable sources.

In these unprecedented circumstances, the faculty and staff of the Emmett Institute are committed to fulfilling our mission to train the next generation of leaders, produce outstanding scholarship, and serve our community.

For our students, we continue to offer as many resources as possible to support their learning and career development, while taking measures to maintain a sense of engagement. Faculty are now leading classes via Zoom, keeping regular office hours for their courses, and opening their calendars for academic and career counseling. While we have postponed our in-person events for spring semester, in line with guidance from UCLA , we are planning virtual events with our Environmental Law Society to keep our student community engaged.

In our research, our faculty continue to develop new ideas for law and policy on a variety of topics: geoengineering governance, transportation pollution, China’s environmental enforcement, and more. For more immediate updates on our work, follow us on Twitter and Facebook , subscribe to our blog, Legal Planet , and look for more email messages in the near future. 

In our community, we continue to serve by advancing climate and environmental law and policy at state, local, federal, and international levels. This week, our co-executive director Sean Hecht , in his capacity as co-director of the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, wrote to Los Angeles city leaders to request that the city take immediate action to address the impact of COVID-19 and the city and state “Safer At Home” orders on public participation in planning processes in the city. Professor Alex Wang is moving forward with collaborative research into regulation of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and in China. 

In short, even though we are not on campus, the Emmett Institute is open and working to advance our mission. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. In these difficult times, we hope that each of you is staying healthy and safe, along with your family and friends.

Sean Hecht & Cara Horowitz
Co-Executive Directors, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law

For the second straight year,  UCLA School of Law  has the #4 environmental law program, per U.S. News & World Report . Thanks to our great alumni, students and supporters!

Four UCLA alumni with expertise in renewable energy law shared their perspectives on the current state of the field and career pathways for graduates at a panel discussion organized by Professor William Boyd .

Thank you to the more than 50 students who attended and to our alumni speakers: Jeffrey Asay '16 , Winston & Strawn; Ed Feo '77 , Coronal Energy; Sarah Kozal '16 , Stoel Rives; Ed Zaelke '83 , McDermott Will & Emery.

Thank you to the more than 250 participants and speakers who joined our Human Rights and the Climate Crisis symposium , co-hosted at UCLA School of Law by the Promise Institute for Human Rights, the Emmett Institute, and the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs.

Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law Ann Carlson spoke on the opening panel, addressing domestic rights-based litigation. Our co-executive director Cara Horowitz moderated the panel. See photos and video recordings from the event.
Daniel Melling writes the Emmett Institute newsletter with editing from Sean Hecht and Cara Horowitz. Please send any feedback to .
About the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law

The Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is the country's leading law school center focused on climate change and other critical environmental issues. Founded in 2008 with a generous gift from Dan A. Emmett and his family, the Institute works across disciplines to develop and promote research and policy tools useful to decision makers locally, statewide, nationally and beyond. Our Institute serves as a premier source of environmental legal scholarship, nonpartisan expertise, policy analysis and training. Learn more.