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News Posted on January 9, 2013

King Hall to Host Planning and Conservation League Annual Environmental Symposium

UC Davis School of Law will host "CEQA: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow?", the Planning and Conservation League 2013 Symposium on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), at King Hall on January 12.  The event will include remarks from Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank '74 and King Hall alumni including Susan Brandt-Hawley '77, Kevin K. Johnson '80, and California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg '84, who will deliver the keynote address.

The Sacramento-based Planning and Conservation League is one of California's most prominent environmental organizations, serving as the lobbying arm of the state's environmental movement.  The organization hosts an annual symposium on environmental topics, which this year focuses on CEQA, the four-decades-old law that serves as the foundation for California's environmental regulation.  King Hall previously has hosted two significant CEQA events:  a 1980 symposium that proved influential in the state Supreme Court's precedent-setting decision that preserved Mono Lake (National Audubon Society v. Superior Court) and the "CEQA at 40: A Look Back, and Ahead" symposium that drew more than 350 environmental officials, policy experts, environmental law practitioners, faculty, students, and alumni in November 2011.

Professor Frank, who is Director of the California Environmental and Policy Center (CELPC), will moderate the opening keynote panel discussion featuring California Senators Michael J. Rubio and Noreen Evans as well as David Mogavero of Mogavero Notestine Associates and Caroline Ferrel of the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment.  He will also moderate a panel on "CEQA functional equivalency: what it means for current reform efforts," which will feature retired environmental litigator Bill Yeates, Mike Levy of the California Energy Commission, and Sharon Duggan, EPIC staff attorney.  Kevin K. Johnson of Johnson Law will moderate a panel on "Using CEQA for a cleaner energy future," and Susan Brandt-Hawley will speak as part of a panel on "CEQA, cultural & community preservation."

The day-long event will begin with welcoming remarks from Planning and Conservation League Foundation Executive Director Bruce Reznik and Planning and Conservation League President David Mogavero at 9:00 am in the Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom.  Continuing legal education (MCLE) credit will be offered to California attorneys in attendance.

"CEQA: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow?"