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CELPC Presents Camille Pannu

Wednesday, September 13

King Hall, Room 1002
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

“Who Speaks for the People?: Democratizing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act”

Featuring Camille Pannu
Director, Water Justice Clinic, Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies, UC Davis School of Law

For the first time in its history, California has attempted to regulate groundwater by requiring local governments to form management agencies for those underground basins. But in the State’s agricultural regions, many of those management agencies lack representation from an important and often marginalized constituency—low-income, rural residential communities. What levers exist, and what tools should State agencies use, to determine whether groundwater sustainability agencies properly account for all stakeholders?

Camille Pannu directs King Hall’s new Water Justice Clinic, a project of the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies, with support from CELPC. The Water Justice Clinic seeks to ensure that all Californians have access to safe, clean and affordable drinking water by advocating for policies that support rural water systems’ viability and include the voices of rural, low income communities in water management decisions.

Prior to joining King Hall, Pannu served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the southern San Joaquin Valley, where she partnered with low-income communities to address racial and environmental inequality by improving water and energy infrastructure; cultivating green spaces; and creating community- and worker-owned enterprises in the “green” economy. She clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for the Honorable Stefan R. Underhill of the District of Connecticut. Pannu earned her B.A. and J.D. from UC Berkeley.

Lunch Provided


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