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Conferences

The California Environmental Law & Policy Center regularly hosts and co-hosts cutting edge conferences related to current important environmental issues.

Upcoming Conferences

California Air Resources Board at 50 Years

UC Davis Conference Center
January 19, 2018

CELPC's annual conference will be a deep analysis of the past, present, and future of the California Air Resources Board at the 50th Anniversary of it's creation. More information will be provided on this conference shortly. 


California Water Law Symposium

UC Berkeley School of Law
Spring 2018

CELPC actively coordinates with UC Davis School of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law, UC Hastings College of Law, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, and University of San Francisco School of Law to host the annual Water Law Symposium. This conference rotates hosts and changes subjects each year to reflect modern trends and concerns. 

Additional information may be found here

Water Law Symposium

Past Conferences

California's Coastal Act: The Next 40 Years

UC Berkeley School of Law
November 17th, 2016

This symposium focused on California's foremost role in protecting and managing the coast though the Coastal Act, passed 40 years ago. Panels and conversations analyzed past and future issues in public access, natural resource protection, and the balance of coastal development in the public interest.  This unique symposium was co-hosted by CELPC, the UC Berkeley School of Law Center for Law, Energy, & the Environment, the UC Davis Coastal & Marine Sciences Institute, UCLA School of Law Emmett Institute on CLimate Change & the Environment, the Resources Legacy Fund, and Stanford Law School Environment & Natural Resources Law Program. 

Conference materials may be found here

The issue brief, published by organizers by drawing on discussions from the symposium may be accessed here 

Symposia Coastal Act



California Energy Commission: 40th Anniversary Symposium

UC Davis School of Law
January 30th, 2015

This special symposium commemorated the founding of the California Energy Commission. Panels and speeches were given by energy and climate experts from the private sector, academia, state and local governmental executives, and current and former commissioners. discussions centered on energy lessons learned over the past 40 years, how to deal with climate change, and the new energy economy. 

View video recordings of the Symposium here.

CEC Symposia



Water for Life: Toward and Equitable and Sustainable Water Future for California

UC Davis School of Law
February 1, 2014

CELPC collaborated with the Planning and Conservation League to host this annual symposium at UC Davis School of Law. Against the backdrop of the Governor’s recent drought declaration, an overflow crowd of more than 200 of the top thinkers, doers and decision-makers on water policy joined together at UC Davis School of Law for the Planning and Conservation League’s 2014 Environmental Symposium. This year’s event focused on moving California towards a more equitable and sustainable water future.

Conference materials may be found here

PCL 2014 Symposia

The Endangered Species Act at 40: Examining Its Past and Exploring Its Future

UC Davis School of Law
October 4th, 2013

The CELPC's second major conference, "ESA at 40: Examining Its Past and Exploring Its Future," was held at UC Davis School of Law. The event looked at the Endangered Species Act in light of its 40th anniversary by examining the history of ESA since it was first passed and questioning where ESA can and should go from here.

Conference materials may be found here

View video recordings of the Conference here.

Symposia ESA at 40

CEQA: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow?

UC Davis School of Law
January 12, 2013


CELPC collaborated with the Planning and Conservation League to host this annual symposium at UC Davis School of Law.  More than 200 participants packed into King Hall at the UC Davis School of Law to discuss the past, present and future of the California Environmental Quality Act. The symposium started with a thought-provoking plenary panel headlined by State Senators Michael Rubio and Noreen Evans as well as speakers from the infill and environmental justice community. The day-long event included 10 additional sessions focused on exploring where the California Environmental Quality Act was helping to ensure sustainable land-use, transportation, water and energy planning, while exploring where the law could be improved. Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg gave the luncheon keynote address, discussing his perspective on the future of CEQA. Senator Evans and the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment received awards for their work to defend and enforce CEQA.

Conference materials may be accessed here

Symposium PCL CEQA



CEQA at 40: A Look Back, and Ahead

UC Davis School of Law
November 4th, 2011

The California Environmental Law and Policy Center was proud to host a major CEQA conference. This event brought together policymakers from all three branches of government, environmental lawyers, academics, and students for a thoughtful examination of CEQA's history and future. 

Conference materials may be found here

View video recordings of the Conference here.

Symposia CEQA at 40