Law Seminars International Presents:

18th Annual Advanced Seminar on


Critical updates on major developments for attorneys, environmental, land use, and real estate professionals, planners, and agency officials

October 28, 2022

Regrettably, we've had to cancel this program

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Program Overview

Who Will Benefit from Attending

Attorneys, real estate, land use, and environmental professionals, corporate managers, and governmental representatives

Why You will Benefit from Attending

There have been some major developments in environmental law at the national level in 2022 so we will be starting out this year's Seminar with perspectives

Our distinguished faculty will dive into issues raised by dueling state and local jurisdictions in coastal cases. They will tackle difficult topics raised by CARB's 2022 Scoping Plan and their implications for CEQA practitioners.

Climate is changing with ever more severe implications for drought and wildfires, which have always been critical issues in California, and are becoming more pressing. Our faculty will provide cutting edge perspectives on these topics. We are also excited to present an in-depth panel on the unique ethical issues that can arise in the context of practices involving administrative agencies.

And, we will summarize the year in review in CEQA appellate cases. We think the program will be stimulating and informative and hope you will agree. Register soon.

~ Douglas Carstens, Esq. of Chatten-Brown Carstens & Minteer and DJ Moore, Esq. of Latham & Watkins, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • Major SCOTUS environmental decisions and the implications of the power shift away from federal regulatory agencies
  • California stepping into the void after implementation of the "Major Questions" doctrine at the federal level
  • Navigating dual state and local jurisdiction for projects subject to California Coastal Commission regulations
  • CARB's 2022 Scoping Plan update and the implications for CEQA practitioners
  • Climate change and drought: Wildfire and water supply impacts as CEQA issues
  • CEQA appellate case law review
  • Ethical issues arising from interactions with administrative agencies on environmental issues

What Participants Have Said About Similar Programs

  • "Overall great group of speakers."
  • "Good timing, questions will return next year."
  • "I really appreciate the diversity of perspectives on the panels!"
  • "This was one of the best seminars Iíve ever been to, and I look forward to the others."

Friday, October 28, 2022

9:00 am

Introduction & Overview

Douglas Carstens, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Chatten-Brown Carstens & Minteer / Hermosa Beach, CA

DJ Moore, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Latham & Watkins / Los Angeles, CA

9:15 am

Major SCOTUS Environmental Decisions: A Power Shift Away from Federal Regulatory Agencies

Legal developments following announcement of the "Major Questions" doctrine in West Virginia vs. EPA; what the oral arguments in the Sackett "Waters of the US" case suggest for federal Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act enforcement authority

Kevin Poloncarz, Esq.
Covington & Burling / San Francisco, CA

10:00 am

Climate Change and Drought

Wildfire and water supply impacts as CEQA issues

Michelle Black, Esq.
Chatten-Brown Carstens & Minteer / Hermosa Beach, CA

Beth Collins, Esq.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck / Santa Barbara, CA

11:00 am


11:15 am

Strategies for Responding to Federal Regulatory Uncertainty

How we can expect the Major Questions doctrine to play out in federal agency policy making and how project developers and regulatory officials at the state and local levels should prepare for a period of federal regulatory instability

Sean B. Hecht, Esq. , Co-Executive Director, Emmett Institute
UCLA School of Law / Los Angeles, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch Break

1:00 pm

CEQA and Certified Regulatory Programs: Friends, Artists and Neighbors of Elkhorn Slough v. California Coastal Commission

Perspectives on potential CEQA issues, risks, and challenges arising from situations where the California Coastal Commission or other state agencies have permitting authority over a project and their approval criteria and processes differ from local ones

Trevor L. Rusin, Esq.
Best Best & Krieger / Manhattan Beach, CA

Winston P. Stromberg, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / Los Angeles, CA

2:00 pm

Air Quality and CEQA

CARB's 2022 Scoping Plan update, including analysis of traffic impacts and Health Risk Assessments in the post-Friant Ranch environment: Legal perspective on the implications for land use planners and CEQA practitioners

Joshua T. Bledsoe, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / Costa Mesa, CA

Practical implications from a local perspective

Eric C. Lu, MS, PE, CPP , Managing Principal
Ramboll Group / Irvine, CA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

CEQA Appellate Case Law Review

Your annual in depth look at the key cases and decisional trends

Sabrina V. Teller, Esq.
Remy Moose Manley / Sacramento, CA

Howard F. (Chip) Wilkins, III, Esq.
Remy Moose Manley / Sacramento, CA

4:00 pm

Lobbying, Ethics, and Campaign Law for Land Use Professionals and CEQA Practitioners

IIssues arising from interactions with administrative agencies and elected officials in environmental matters

James R. Sutton, Esq.
The Sutton Law Firm / San Francisco, CA

5:00 pm

Evaluations & Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Douglas Carstens, Douglas Carstens, Program Chair, is managing partner at Chatten-Brown Carstens & Minteer. He has extensive experience in environmental, land use, municipal and natural resource matters. He was a member of the Long Beach Naval Complex Restoration Advisory Board overseeing the implementation of the Base Realignment and Closure Act process for the Long Beach Naval Station and Shipyard.

DJ Moore, DJ Moore, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Latham & Watkins. He focuses on obtaining and defending project-siting and environmental approvals for major infrastructure, energy, and development projects.

Michelle Black Michelle Black has been with Chatten-Brown, Carstens & Minteer since 2008. She received her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law. While at UCLA, she served as an editor-in-chief of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, a board member of the UCLA Environmental Law Society, and conducted faculty-directed research on the role of the California judiciary in CEQA enforcement.

Joshua T. Bledsoe Joshua T. Bledsoe is of counsel to Latham & Watkins. He has deep experience with climate change law, including California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (commonly known as "AB 32") and associated Air Resources Board regulations such as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and the Cap-and-Trade Program.

Beth Collins Beth Collins is a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. She has extensive California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Coastal Act, Subdivision Map Act, Endangered Species Act and easement, title, and public law expertise. This includes experience in Coastal Commission permitting, climate change adaptation, and sea level rise.

Sean B. Hecht Sean B. Hecht is Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice, at UCLA School of Law. His research interests include developing legal and policy tools for building resilience to climate change's projected impacts.

Eric C. Lu, MS, PE, CPP, Eric C. Lu, MS, PE, CPP, is a Managing Principal at Ramboll Group. He provides litigation support in the areas of air permitting, air dispersion modeling, risk assessment, GHG emissions inventory and reporting, and CEQA compliance.

Kevin Poloncarz Kevin Poloncarz is a partner at Covington & Burling where he co-chairs the firm's Environmental and Energy Practice Group, Energy Industry Group and ESG Practice. He represents electric utilities, financial institutions, investors and companies in policy, litigation and transactional matters concerning power and carbon markets, carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), sustainable aviation fuel, green and blue hydrogen, and carbon offsets projects.

Trevor L. Rusin is a partner at Best Best & Krieger. He focuses on advising and representing cities in multifaceted land use, CEQA and Coastal Act issues, as well as negotiating complex agreements. He also serves as the city attorney for the City of Lomita and the interim city attorney in Malibu and Palos Verdes estates.

Winston P. Stromberg Winston P. Stromberg is a partner at Latham & Watkins. He advises major real estate, energy, and infrastructure project developers on land use entitlements, environmental approvals, and related litigation.

James R. Sutton, James R. Sutton, Managing Partner of The Sutton Law Firm, is one of the leading political and election law attorneys in California. He teaches Elections Law at Hastings College of the Law and has argued numerous political and election law cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Sabrina V. Teller, Sabrina V. Teller, a senior partner at Remy Moose Manley, focuses on compliance with CEQA, NEPA and state and local land use and planning laws. She regularly advises local and state agencies and private applicants across the state in all phases of the administrative review process, writ litigation and appeals.

Howard F. (Chip) Wilkins, III Howard F. (Chip) Wilkins, III is a partner at Remy Moose Manley. His practice covers CEQA, NEPA, the California and federal Endangered Species Acts, in addition to other California and Federal environmental laws.

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