Have you wondered what more your office can do to reduce energy and resource demands? Law offices in all sectors are taking steps to be more sustainable in their operations. Saving energy and resources not only supports sustainability goals, impressing clients and elevates employee morale. These efforts can also translate into significant cost savings for the operation.
If your firm or law office is working to become more sustainable, or wants to do so, in just three easy steps your law practice can sign onto the Eco-Pledge. Once it does, your organization can use the Eco-Pledge Logo on firm materials to demonstrate this commitment to sustainability.
Step 1: Review the Voluntary Lawyers Eco-Pledge and Model Law Office Sustainability Guidelines. These Guidelines include a list of specific means to conserve, reuse, recycle and reduce the use of supplies, energy and natural resources. The Guidelines cover a range of issues, including the following:
Step 2: Assign someone at the firm to take the lead on implementing the policy (as is feasible for the individual firm) and commit to educate employees about the policy.
Step 3: Take the Eco-Pledge! Fill out the simple one-page form and submit it to the Environmental Law Section.
The Eco-Pledge is voluntary and there are no inspections or compliance audits, but the simple act of putting someone at the firm in charge of the issue, educating employees about the measures that have been implemented, and revisiting the commitment annually will translate into increased sustainability of your operations in addition to cost savings to your firm.
The nearly 40 law firms that have already taken the Eco-Pledge are listed on our Section website. In addition, we will be providing special recognition at this year’s Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite to all the firms that have taken the Eco-Pledge and determined that sustainability is core to their business. We urge those offices that are interested in sustainability to sign up now and receive recognition at the Conference. You too can be green. Take the initiative and take the State Bar Eco-Pledge!
Application Deadline: November 1, 2017
The Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California is seeking applicants for its 2018 Summer Law Student Fellowship Program. The program places law students in summer environmental law internship positions at participating public interest organizations and governmental agencies. Students are also paired with a practicing environmental lawyer to provide mentoring and are invited to participate in other environmental law related activities over the summer. Law Student Fellows receive a stipend of $5,000 for an 8-10 week summer internship. Further details are provided below. Applications are due November 1, 2017.
We are pleased to provide the Environmental Law Update, with recent judicial, legislative and regulatory developmetns in the area of Environmental Law, in our Members Only Area.
January - February - March - April - May 2017
This issue includes updates in:
Congratulations to this year's top 10 schools for the 18th annual Environmental Student Negotiation Competition:
The competition took place in March 2017 at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Click here for more info.
Did you know that the Section’s Webinars are available at low cost to view on line? Have you ever wanted CLE credit on topics that actually interest you? Was there a presentation you wanted to attend but just couldn’t make your schedule cooperate? If so, never fear! Almost 40 (and that number is growing) Environmental Law Section Webinars are available on line, including titles such as "CEQA 101 -- Learn the Basics!", "Beyond 2020: How Will California Meet its 2050 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals?" and many others. See Environmental Law Section Courses in the Online Catalog to find a program of interest to you.
Social media, anyone? The Sections and the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) now have a page on Facebook, Twitter and a new LinkedIn account, where we can keep you up-to-date on our latest news and events.
We're also looking forward to interacting with a wider community and reaching out to people who are not currently members.
We invite you to "Like" us and follow our "Tweets. "
And by the way, the CYLA definition of "young" is any California attorney under the age of 36 or in their first five years of practice.
Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Section, you're eligible for:
Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.
Environmental Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639