Law Seminars International Presents: Our Seventh Annual Comprehensive Workshop on

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
New developments and practical guidance for compliance

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

October 14, 2011
DoubleTree Guest Suites Santa Monica Hotel in Santa Monica, CA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

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

Why You Should Order

This advanced one-day workshop will cover a broad range of current CEQA issues. Extensive information will be provided about the use and abuse of EIR alternatives analyses; SB 375 and sustainable communities strategies; navigating CEQA in creating public-private partnerships; a comprehensive update on new CEQA appellate case law; and using community benefits agreements to resolve seemingly intractable land use disagreements.

Speakers and panels of experts will also discuss how recent case law is changing the ways cities analyze traffic impacts; how EIRs are addressing global climate change; new developments in CEQA remedies; and recent efforts at comprehensive CEQA reform and a discussion of whether reform is needed.

The faculty will consist of the General Counsel for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments, a leading air quality scientist specializing in greenhouse gas emissions, a co-author of a leading CEQA practice guide, and a diverse group of highly experienced CEQA practitioners who will share practical tips and techniques to navigate the ever-changing CEQA landscape.

Recognizing that different perspectives must be considered in addressing CEQA compliance issues, the faculty will include counsel for property owners and developers, environmental groups, and local governments.

You will not want to miss this program.

~ James L. Arnone, Esq. and Douglas Carstens, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Friday, October 14, 2011

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

James L. Arnone, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Latham & Watkins / Los Angeles, CA

Douglas Carstens, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Chatten-Brown & Carstens / Santa Monica, CA

8:45 am

What's the Alternative? The Use and Abuse of Alternatives Analyses

"Reasonable ranges" of alternatives, using project objectives to reject alternatives, "off-site" alternatives

Susan Brandt-Hawley, Esq.
Brandt-Hawley Law Group / Glen Ellen, CA

Edward J. Casey, Esq.
Alston & Bird LLP / Los Angeles, CA

9:45 am

How Sunnyvale West is Changing the Way Cities Analyze Traffic Impacts

Douglas Carstens, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Chatten-Brown & Carstens / Santa Monica, CA

Timothy McWilliams, Esq., Deputy City Attorney
Los Angeles City Attorney's Office / Los Angeles, CA

10:30 am

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

10:45 am

How Are EIRs Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Determining when GHG emissions will be considered "significant impacts" under CEQA

Shari B. Libicki, Ph.D., Global Air Quality Practice Area Leader
ENVIRON Holdings, Inc. / Emeryville, CA

Matthew Vespa, Esq., Senior Attorney
Sierra Club / San Francisco, CA

Steve Smith, Ph.D., Program Supervisor
South Coast Air Quality Management District / Diamond Bar, CA

11:45 am

What's the Solution? New Developments in CEQA Remedies

Association of Irritated Residents v. CARB and Landvalue 77 v. Cal. St. Univ.: What should a court do after finding that CEQA was violated?

Beth Collins-Burgard, Esq.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP / Los Angeles, CA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

SB 375: Sustainable Communities Strategies and Regional Transportation Plans

What to expect from Southern California Association of Governments' draft and final plans

Doug Williford, Deputy Executive Director, Planning and Programs
Southern California Association of Governments / Los Angeles, CA

2:00 pm

Key Recent Developments in CEQA Appellate Case Law

Whitman F. Manley, Esq.
Remy, Thomas, Moose & Manley / Sacramento, CA

2:45 pm

Break: Soda, Tea and Conversation

3:00 pm

Perspectives on CEQA Reform: Is CEQA Broken? If so, How Should it be "Fixed"?

CEQA and the economy: Are changes needed, and, if so, what type of "reform" is appropriate?

Heather Crossner, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / Los Angeles, CA

David R. Pettit, Esq., Director and Senior Attorney, Southern California Air Program
Natural Resources Defense Council / Santa Monica, CA

Cassie Gilson, Esq., Principal
Gilson Government Strategies / Sacramento, CA

4:00 pm

Public-Private Partnerships: How to Navigate CEQA and Still Get Something Done

How far can agencies and would-be project developers go toward reaching agreements before triggering CEQA review?

Christi Hogin, Esq.
Jenkins & Hogin / Manhattan Beach, CA

Patricia Keane, Esq., Deputy County Counsel
Office of the Los Angeles County Counsel / Los Angeles, CA

4:45 pm

Peace in Our Time: Creative Settlements Arising Out of Big Controversies

Creative use of Community Benefits Agreements: What works and how to get to "yes"

James L. Arnone, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Latham & Watkins / Los Angeles, CA

Serena W. Lin, Esq., Staff Attorney, Public Counsel
Community Development Project / Los Angeles, CA

5:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $695 with a group rate of $520 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $465. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $347.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 7.25 California MCLE credits; 7.0 AICP CM and 7.0 WA CLE. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

Faculty Bios

James L. Arnone, Program Co-Chair, partner with Latham & Watkins, practices land use and environmental law, focusing on controversial real estate developments and local government-related disputes. He has advised clients on and litigated state and federal environmental and land use laws, including those under CEQA and NEPA.

Douglas Carstens, Program Co-Chair, partner at Chatten-Brown & Carstens, focuses on environmental, land use, municipal and natural resources, representing environmental and community groups in enforcing state and federal laws.

Susan Brandt-Hawley, founding partner at Brandt-Hawley Law Group, practices environmental preservation law, advocating for adaptive reuse of threatened historic resources and protection of cultural landscapes.

Edward J. Casey, partner, Alston & Bird LLP, is experienced in CEQA, and on water supply issues arising from development projects. He has represented private landowners and developers in connection with securing sufficient water supplies for their projects in accordance with recent legislation.
Full bio and contact info for Edward J. Casey at Alston & Bird LLP

Beth Collins-Burgard, of counsel and member of the Natural Resources, Land Use, Energy, Climate Change and Litigation Groups at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, assists land owners and developers through the entitlement and development process.

Heather Crossner, Latham & Watkins, Environmental, Land & Resources Department member, focuses on land use, environmental and real estate development projects that incorporate legal, political, community and public relations issues.

Cassie Gilson, Principal at Gilson Government Strategies, has been an attorney and political advisor to a variety of clients on issues throughout California. Before founding Gilson Government Strategies, she was a lobbyist at Sacramento's largest lobbying and public affairs firm.

Christi Hogin, co-founder of Jenkins & Hogin, a law firm specializing in municipal law, land use, rent control, coastal and election law. She is city attorney for the cities of Lomita and Malibu and represented the City Attorney's Department on the League of California Cities' Environmental Quality Policy Committee.

Patricia Keane, Deputy County Counsel, Office of the Los Angeles County Counsel, which serves as attorney for and provides legal advice and representation to the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles, County departments, public offices and agencies. She represents the Regional Planning Department regarding wide-ranging land use and planning matters and focuses on the implementation of CEQA.

Shari B. Libicki, Ph.D., Global Air Quality Practice Area Leader at ENVIRON Holdings, Inc., specializes in air quality and greenhouse gas management, air pathway risk assessment, air quality compliance and permitting negotiations, and the development of greenhouse gas management strategies.

Serena W. Lin, Staff Attorney, Public Counsel, Community Development Project, led a team of lawyers in completing negotiations of a multi-million dollar community benefits agreement, in which the developer agreed to concessions worth $9.5 million, including 7,500 square feet dedicated to community-based health care services. As counsel for the TraPac Appellants, she led an effort to implement environmental justice settlement funds which resulted in a landmark new nonprofit, the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation. She is the co-chair of the Green LA Transportation Working Group, and is committed to a vision of an equitable and sustainable Los Angeles.

Whitman F. Manley, co-author of "Guide to CEQA" and partner at Remy, Thomas, Moose & Manley, focuses on California and federal environmental land use law, including the CEQA.

Timothy McWilliams, Deputy City Attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, is head of the Environmental Section of the Real Property/Environment Division. He advises city departments, commissions, boards and elected officials on CEQA compliance and litigating CEQA claims.

David R. Pettit, Director and Senior Attorney of the Southern California Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, works in litigation and advocacy regarding air quality, goods movement, energy and environmental justice issues. He has taught at the University of California Los Angeles.

Steve Smith is the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s, Program Supervisor of the SCAQMD’s CEQA sections. He supervises preparation of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents when the SCAQMD assumes the role of lead agency. Until a recently, he supervised review and comment on the air quality analyses contained in CEQA documents prepared by other public agencies. Dr. Smith has been involved extensively in the SCAQMD efforts to develop greenhouse gas significance thresholds for use by the SCAQMD as well as other public agencies.

Matthew Vespa, Sierra Club, has litigated cases on the treatment of global warming impacts under CEQA and worked on the California Resources Agency's development of CEQA guidelines for emissions under SB 97. He was previously with the Center for Biological Diversity.

Firm Links