May 2017
We're Hiring a Water Law & Policy Fellow

The Wheeler Water Institute, a research and policy institute within the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) at UC Berkeley School of Law, is seeking to hire a Research Fellow in water law and policy.

Building on UC Berkeley's history of and commitment to research and public service and leading environmental law program, CLEE leverages the intellectual resources of Berkeley Law faculty and students in furtherance of applied research in a variety of environmental and energy law and policy areas. Within this matrix, the Wheeler Water Institute develops interdisciplinary solutions to ensure clean water for California's future.

Research Fellow Alida Cantor with participants at the Water for Data Decision-making workshop hosted earlier this month 
The Research Fellow will work on a variety of water resources issues. Specific research areas will depend on the fellow's background and interests, but will likely include: sustainable groundwater management; groundwater recharge; innovation in the water sector; water data and decision-making; and/or other water management and policy issues. An overarching emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, including engagement with scientists and engineers, will be central to these projects. The fellow may also work on other water and/or other related initiatives within Wheeler and CLEE more generally, depending on program needs throughout the duration of the fellowship. The fellow must be willing to travel occasionally within California.

The anticipated start date is July 1, 2017. This is a 100%, one-year term contract position, with the possibility of renewal for a second year contingent upon funding.

This position is open until filled. For details on the position, including required qualifications and application materials, and information about how to apply, please visit
More information on our programs is available at and If you have questions about the position, please contact

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: 

Faculty + Staff
In the News

Weighing in on a coastal permitting case before the California Supreme Court earlier this month, Jordan Diamond discusses the need to act because "nature is encroaching on the coastline, whether through erosion, sea level rise or intensifying storms."   

Ethan Elkind expresses his optimistic perspective on Measure M and the future of Los Angeles public transportation while speaking to The Economist last month. 
Holly Doremus points out the fundamental issue with the proposed Delta Tunnels in Water Deeply: "There's a desire to have higher reliability for high volumes of water delivery. That isn't compatible with certainty that the fish will be in better shape." 

Taking part in the March for Science, The Mercury News reports how Claudia Polsky told the crowd "Facts do not speak for themselves. They need an advocate." 
When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Farella Braun + Martel, 235 Montgomery St, 17th Floor, San Francisco

Join us for a discussion about how stakeholders and policymakers can ensure that future solar photovoltaic deployment occurs only in "least conflict" land - that is, land on which solar development is least likely to engender objections and possibly litigation. 

The discussion will focus on lands in the San Joaquin Valley region, which were the subject of a report released last year by the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment and the Conservation Biology Institute.

The panel is co-hosted by CLEE, the Environmental Law Institute, and Farella Braun + Martel

Panelists will include:
  • Erica Brand, Director of the California Energy Program, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ethan Elkind, Director of the Climate Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment
  • Renee Robin, Senior Counsel, Allen Matkins
  • Diane Ross-Leach, Director of Environmental Policy, PG&E
Register now to join us at this special event in San Francisco!
2017 Environmental & Energy Law Certificate Recipients

On May 11, faculty, staff, and friends and family of graduating students came together to celebrate the accomplishments of the students who earned Certificates of Specialization in Environmental Law and Energy & CleanTech Law.  Many thanks to everyone who attended and help make this such a special annual event.
Our 2017 JD & LLM Environmental & Energy Certificate recipients

Whitney Florian '17 poses with her mother, Polly Davis, and her dual certificates in Environmental Law and Energy & CleanTech Law

Caitlin Brown '17, outgoing co-Editor-in-Chief of Ecology Law Quarterly, with her family.

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