Law Seminars International Presents: 12th Annual Advanced Seminar on the

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
Critical updates on major developments

September 16, 2016
DoubleTree Guest Suites Santa Monica Hotel in Santa Monica, CA

Featured Speaker Sample Video

Patrick Gibson on New SB 743 CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Transportation Impacts

Who Should Order This Homestudy

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

Why You Should Order

This is another big year in CEQA law and policy. Once again this seminar will feature presentations on the most important developments confronting land use and environmental professionals today. With so many CEQA cases making it to the California Supreme Court, this year we will focus several presentations on those cases, including discussing the Supreme Court's new Center for Biological Diversity v. Department of Fish and Wildlife guidance for greenhouse gas analysis, the CBIA v. BAAQMD case on whether CEQA requires analysis of existing environmental conditions' potential impacts on future users, and the pending case of Friends of College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo County Community College District over when a project is considered new or a continuation of a prior proposal.

We will also focus on high-profile land use and CEQA controversies, including examining the extent to which developments may be approved at the ballot box, possibly avoiding CEQA for major projects. In the important and evolving climate change arena, we will discuss the range of practices for analyzing and mitigating GHG emissions as the Supreme Court has stepped into the thicket of GHG jurisprudence to provide new guidance. We will hear how SB 743 has led to shifting transportation assessments from traffic congestion to vehicle miles travelled with case studies in Pasadena and San Francisco. Our day will include the perennial favorite of "quick hits" from a leading CEQA treatise author about the many published CEQA decisions over the last twelve months.

~ James L. Arnone, Esq., Latham & Watkins LLP, and Douglas Carstens, Esq., Chatten-Brown & Carstens, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Friday, September 16, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

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

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

8:45 am

Ballot Box Zoning: The Increasing Use of Voter Initiatives To Ban or Promote Development (and Avoid CEQA)

Perspectives on what you can and cannot do by voter initiative based on insights from Malibu's Measure R and the Moreno Valley World Logistics Center

Beverly Grossman Palmer, Esq
Strumwasser & Woocher LLP / Los Angeles, CA

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

Amy R. Forbes, Esq.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher / Los Angeles, CA

9:45 am

Areas where the Environment's Impact on Future Project Occupants are Points of Contention: Is "Reverse CEQA" Dead or Only Mostly Dead?

Implications of California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District

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

Diane C. De Felice
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP / Los Angeles, CA

10:30 am


10:45 am

Climate Change & CEQA: Recent and Expected Supreme Court Guidance for Analyzing Impacts

Guidance from the Newhall Ranch case and the potential interplay with the SANDAG case on GHG reduction goals

Barbara J. Schussman, Esq., Environmental & Land Use Partner
Perkins Coie LLP / San Francisco, CA

Sean B. Hecht, Esq., Co-Executive Dir., Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
UCLA School of Law / Los Angeles, CA

Michael Keinath, PE, Principal
Ramboll Environ, Inc. / San Francisco, CA

11:45 am

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm

New Developments in CEQA Appellate Case Law

Andrea Kristen Leisy, Esq.
Remy Moose Manley LLP / Sacramento, CA

2:15 pm

New SB 743 CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Transportation Impacts

State perspective on what the statute instructs us to do: Key elements of the current guidelines

Christopher H. Calfee, Esq., Senior Counsel
Governor's Office of Planning and Research / Sacramento, CA

How it might work from engineering and local government policy perspectives

Patrick A. Gibson, President
Gibson Transportation Consulting, Inc. / Los Angeles, CA

Susan K. Hori, Esq.
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP / Costa Mesa, CA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Urban Infill Projects: How the New "Transit Priority Area" Incentives Work

Revisiting aesthetic, shadowing and parking analyses under CEQA

DJ Moore, Esq.
Latham & Watkins LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Kevin J. Keller, Senior City Planner
City of Los Angeles / Los Angeles, CA

4:15 pm

Last-Minute Project Changes: When Is It A New Project Requiring Recirculation?

North Coast Rivers Alliance re changes in design features versus mitigation measures: How much can you change the project before it becomes different enough to require re-filing?

Nicole Hoeksma Gordon, Esq.
The Sohagi Law Group PLC / Los Angeles, CA

4:45 pm

Implications of Friends of College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo County Community College District: What is "The Project"?

New project vs. modified project

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

5:30 pm

Evaluations & Adjourn



Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance 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, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, 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.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

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


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

Faculty Bios

James L. Arnone, Program Co-Chair, partner, Latham & Watkins LLP, chairs the firm's Environment, Land and Resources Department. He focuses on land use and environmental law, with specific emphasis on complex real estate developments and energy and infrastructure projects. He is a Super Lawyer.

Douglas Carstens, Program Co-Chair, partner, Chatten-Brown & Carstens, has been involved in all of the firm's appellate litigation and was lead counsel on the CEQA cases Uphold Our Heritage v. Town of Woodside and Committee to Save the Hollywoodland Specific Plan v. City of Los Angeles. He is a Super-Lawyer.

Michelle Black focuses on environmental and administrative law at Chatten-Brown & Carstens. Previously, she worked for the California Integrated Waste Management Board in plastics recycling technology.

Susan Brandt-Hawley, partner, Brandt-Hawley Law Group, represents public-interest groups in preservation issues. Her cases have contributed to precedent in the six districts of the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. She is a Super Lawyer.

Christopher H. Calfee is Senior Counsel at the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. His work centers on updating regulations and technical guidance on CEQA and related laws.

Diane De Felice is a Shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP. She focuses on climate change law, litigation, real estate and land use law, as well as environmental law with expertise in dealing with CEQA & NEPA.

Amy R. Forbes, Co-Partner in Charge, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, focuses her practice on land use planning issues, including zoning, planning, CEQA, and municipal law. She is ranked in Chambers and Super Lawyers.

Patrick A. Gibson is President, Gibson Transportation Consulting, Inc., where he has been involved in transportation and parking planning for mixed-use development on a local and national basis.

Nicole Hoeksma Gordon, partner, The Sohagi Law Group PLC, focuses on CEQA, NEPA, ESA, and planning and zoning laws

Beverly Grossman Palmer, partner, Strumwasser & Woocher LLP, focuses on election, land use, environmental, economic regulation and education law.

Sean B. Hecht is Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law and Co-Director of the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic.

Christi Hogin, partner, Jenkins & Hogin, LLP, specializes in land use and serves as City Attorney for Lomita, Malibu, Palos Verdes Estates, and Assistant City Attorney in West Hollywood. She was named among California's Top 25 Municipal Lawyers, and is a Super Lawyer.

Susan K. Hori, partner, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, focuses on land use planning, development entitlements, regulatory permits and the resolution of environmental issues affecting real property. She is recognized by Chambers and Best Lawyers.

Michael Keinath, PE, Principal, Ramboll Environ, Inc., is experienced in environmental science, with special emphasis on air quality, climate change, human health risk assessment and product stewardship.

Kevin J. Keller, Senior City Planner, Los Angeles Planning Department, manages land use policy, staffs the Central Area Planning Commission and oversees transit-oriented development planning.

Andrea Kristen Leisy, managing partner, Remy Moose Manley LLP, focuses on CEQA, the State Planning and Zoning Law, NEPA and the Endangered Species Act. She is a Super Lawyer.

DJ Moore, partner, Latham & Watkins LLP, focuses on obtaining and defending project-siting and environmental approvals for major infrastructure, energy and development projects.

Barbara J. Schussman, partner, Environmental & Land Use practice, Perkins Coie LLP, counsels clients regarding compliance with CEQA, NEPA, and legislative and quasi-adjudicatory approvals required under the California Planning and Zoning Law.