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Registration Opens for 2015 Yosemite Conference–The Nation’s Top Environmental Law Event

This Year’s Yosemite Conference Promises to Continue a Tradition of Excellence

Registration is now open for the 2015 edition of the State Bar of California’s Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite.  That conference, held each fall, is unquestionably the premier environmental law-related event in California.  I would go so far as to argue that it’s actually the top such program in the entire United States. The Yosemite Conference …


California’s Water Law Symposium–A Law Student Success Story

Students From Six Northern California Law Schools Collaborate in a Big and Unconventional Way

The 11th Annual Water Law Symposium was held last weekend at Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco.  The event drew a standing-room-only crowd of water law scholars, practitioners and policymakers, who devoted the day to a thoughtful and lively examination of how California’s constitutional law doctrine of reasonable use affects all facets of …


Monsieur Fouche, Meet Professor Gleick

By now, Peter Gleick’s ethical indiscretions concerning the Heartland Institute are old news.  But for lawyers, they raise particularly interesting ethical issues because they highlight the question of really, whether there were ethical barriers broached at all. I initially thought that this was obviously the case: someone in my profession would get disbarred for doing …


Legal Planet is selected as one of ABA’s Blawg 100: Vote online for Legal Planet for best “niche” blog

Each year, the  editors of the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal selects the 100 best blogs by and for lawyers.  This year, they selected Legal Planet as one of them, out of 3,500 eligible blogs.  Now, blog readers get to vote for their favorites, and we’d love to have your vote. The journal editors categorize the …


The ABA versus the Environment?

The ABA House of Delegates will vote on a Resolution (Resolution 11-6) that would abolish the ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law (SCEL) at its Annual Meeting next Monday. Lesley McAllister has a posting about this over at the Environmental Law Prof blog: Resolution 11-6 would abolish SCEL and merge its functions into the Section …


A Question on Agency Pre-emption of State Law

Dan, any reason to think that the powers that be will actually pay any attention to the ABA?  As you know, the Bush Administration formally decided to ignore it regarding judicial appointments.  On something like this, does the ABA have any status greater than your typical interest group? It would be interesting to see the …