About the Section

Founded in 2010, the Environmental, Land Use and Sustainability Section has steadily grown and consistently provides our members with quality educational and networking opportunities focused on land use, environmental law, and sustainability issues.

The Environmental Law Section offers several MCLE programs each year covering a wide range of environmental topics, including issues relating to air, water, litigation, waste management, natural resources, endangered species, toxics, climate change, land use and CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act).

The Section also sponsors an annual “Meet Your Regulators” event, providing our members with an opportunity to network with regulators from environmental agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Alameda County Environmental Health Department, Port of Oakland, and more, in a relaxed, casual setting.

The Environmental Law Executive Committee is dedicated to supporting efforts to green your business, and encourages you to sign the Eco Pledge and share it with your colleagues.

To join the section, please contact our Membership Department at (510) 302-2200 or hadassah@acbanet.org.

Upcoming Events

New events are added regularly. Please visit the ACBA Calendar for more upcoming events.

2015 Environmental Regulator’s Reception

Environmental Law February 2016 e-Newsletter – Read the Full Newsletter Here

  1. Message from the Chair
  2. Lunch Hour Seminar (February 17th Noon) – What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About CEQA + New Supreme Court CEQA Developments
  3. Reception (April 20th 5:30 p.m.) – 6th Annual Environmental Regulators Reception
  4. The Drought – Yes! It’s raining, but what has happened to our DROUGHT?
  5. Interview with Judge Grillo – Interview with Alameda County Judge Grill regarding CEQA Litigation
  6. 2016 Environmental Law Section Executive Committee

Environmental news of interest:

EPA fines companies for failure to report the amount chemicals, including diesel fuel, stored under EPCRA. http://yosemite.epa.gov

Calif. bill introduced re Prop 65: would allow a business owner who receives notice of a Prop. 65 violation to avoid retrospective fines by fixing the violation within 14 days http://assemblymanmikegatto.blogspot.com/2013/02/gatto-introduces-bill-to-protect.html

OEHHA proposes to adopt a Proposition 65 Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) of 290 micrograms per day for exposures to bisphenol A (BPA)  See link for more details: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65/law/012513BPA_MADL.html

California Defeats Lawsuit Against Cap-and-Trade—with another lawsuit in Sacramento pending
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-28/california-defeats-lawsuit-against-cap-and-trade-program-1-.html

BP sentenced to pay $4 billion in criminal fines and penalties for Deepwater Horizon, the largest criminal resolution
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/January/13-ag-123.html

The Executive Committee


CHAIR
Summer L. Nastich


Nastich Law
2341 Derby Street
Berkeley, CA 94705
summer@nastichlaw.com
(415) 794-4210

Summer Nastich
VICE CHAIR
Phillip H. Babich


Reed Smith
101 Second Street, Suite 1800
San Francisco, CA 94105
pbabich@reedsmith.com
(415) 659-5654

Phillip Babich
SECRETARY
Patrick Hubbard


Langan
501 14th Street, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
phubbard@langan.com
(510) 874-7099, ext. 7013

Patrick Hubbard
MEMBER
Jason W. Holder


Holder Law Group
339 15th Street, Suite 202
Oakland, CA 94612
jason@holderecolaw.com
(510) 338-3759

Jason Holder
MEMBER
Maya Nair


US Coast Guard
Coast Guard Island, Building 54a
Alameda, CA 94501
maya.nair.law@gmail.com
(510) 437-5932

Maya Nair
MEMBER
Adam Regele


Meyers Nave
555 12th St., Suite 1500
Oakland, CA 94607
aregele@meyersnave.com

STAFF LIAISON
Hadassah Hayashi


Membership & Education Manager
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200

Hadassah Hayashi