Law Seminars International Presents

An Advanced One-Day Workshop on Recent Changes in the

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Practical tips & techniques to navigate the ever-changing CEQA landscape

September 28, 2007
DoubleTree Guest Suites Santa Monica in Santa Monica, CA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys and legal advisors, environmental professionals and government representatives

Why Attend

This advanced, one-day workshop will cover a broad range of CEQA compliance issues, including how to account for global climate change in environmental impact reports, what type of approval requires preparation of environmental documentation, the uncertainty over when a baseline - other than existing conditions - is appropriate and other in-depth discussions of pressing CEQA topics challenging us today. Highly-experienced practitioners will share practical tips and techniques to navigate the ever-changing CEQA landscape. In recognition of the differing perspectives that must be considered in addressing CEQA compliance issues, the presenters will include counsel for property owners and developers, environmental groups, and state and local governments. ~Program Co-Chairs: James L. Arnone, Esq. and Jan Chatten-Brown, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~Global climate change: AB 32 and proposed changes ~Technical matters for global climate change ~CEQA litigation procedures and tactics ~Save Tara and related case law ~Substantial evidence and how "substantial" it has to be ~When permitted capacities are allowed as the baseline ~Water supply assessments and their role in CEQA documents ~Recent case law

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Worthwhile! Excellent seminar, materials are also excellent. ~ Good seminar; covered a great deal of ground ~ Overall, very good and useful information; the written materials are excellent! - I'm sure I will use them in the future.

Agenda

Friday, September 28, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  James L. Arnone, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Latham & Watkins LLP / Los Angeles, CA
  Jan Chatten-Brown, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Chatten-Brown & Carstens / Santa Monica, CA
8:45 am California Takes on Global Climate Change: AB 32 and the Way Forward
  How California plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  Kristin Grenfell, Esq., Project Attorney
Natural Resources Defense Council / San Francisco, CA
9:45 am Break
10:00 am How to Account for Global Climate Change in EIRs
  Panel discussion of the recent trends, opinions and cases
  Jan Chatten-Brown, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Chatten-Brown & Carstens / Santa Monica, CA
  Michael Hendrix, Director of Air Quality
Chambers Group, Inc. / Redlands, CA
  Kassie Siegel, Esq., Staff Attorney and Director of Climate, Air, and Energy Program
Center for Biological Diversity / Joshua Tree, CA
  Ryan Waterman, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / San Diego, CA
11:00 am CEQA Litigation Procedures and Tactics
  Panel discussion by counsel for petitioners, lead agencies, and developers
  James L. Arnone, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Latham & Watkins LLP / Los Angeles, CA
  Susan Brandt-Hawley, Esq.
Brandt-Hawley Law Group / Glen Ellen, CA
  Edward J. Casey, Esq.
Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava & MacCuish LLP / Los Angeles, CA
  Christi Hogin, Esq.
Jenkins & Hogin, LLP / Manhattan Beach, CA
  Glenn B. Mueller, Esq., Assistant Chief Counsel
California Department of Transportation Legal Division / San Diego, CA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm When Must an EIR Be Prepared? The Supreme Court Takes Up "Save Tara"
  Discussion of Concerned McCloud Citizens v. McCloud Community Services District - filed January 2, 2007; Save Tara, and related case law
  James L. Arnone, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Latham & Watkins LLP / Los Angeles, CA
  Jan Chatten-Brown, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Chatten-Brown & Carstens / Santa Monica, CA
  Bradly S. Torgan, AICP, General Counsel
California Department of Parks and Recreation / Sacramento, CA
2:15 pm How Substantial Does "Substantial Evidence" Have to Be?
  Discussion of Uphold Our Heritage v. Town of Woodside (Jobs) - January 10, 2007; Preservation Action Council v. City of San Jose (Lowe's & IBM) - August 4, 2006; related case law
  Jan Chatten-Brown, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Chatten-Brown & Carstens / Santa Monica, CA
  Susan Brandt-Hawley, Esq.
Brandt-Hawley Law Group / Glen Ellen, CA
  Susan K. Hori, Esq.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP / Costa Mesa, CA
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm When Are Permitted Capacities Allowed as the Baseline?
  Discussion of Woodward Park Homeowners Association, Inc. v. City of Fresno - April 13, 2007; San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center v. County of Merced - April 10, 2007; related case law
  Kenneth B. Bley, Esq.
Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP / Los Angeles, CA
3:45 pm Water Supply Assessments and Their Role in CEQA Documents
  How water supply issues should be addressed in CEQA documents for major land use projects; the requirement that public water systems prepare water supply assessments for projects of a certain size; important CEQA cases dealing with water supply issues
  James G. Moose, Esq.
Remy, Thomas, Moose and Manley, LLP / Sacramento, CA
4:30 pm Recent Case Law Wrap-Up
  Douglas Carstens, Esq.
Chatten-Brown & Carstens / Santa Monica, CA
5:15 pm Evaluations and Adjourn

Tuition

Regular tuition for this program is $595 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 $445. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $297.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2007. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 7 California MCLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

Location

The workshop will be held at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Santa Monica at 1707 Fourth Street in Santa Monica, CA 90401-3310. Call the hotel directly at (310) 395-3332 or central reservations at (800) 222-8733. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $605. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

James L. Arnone, Program Co-Chair, is a partner with Latham & Watkins LLP where he practices land use and environmental law, focusing on high-controversy real estate developments and local government-related disputes. He has advised clients and litigated highly controversial matters implicating a wide range of state and federal environmental and land use laws, including many matters arising under CEQA and NEPA.

Jan Chatten-Brown, Program Co-Chair, founder of Chatten-Brown & Carstens, practices environmental, land use, and natural resources law with various state and local governments. The firm primarily represents environmental and community groups in challenging local and state government decisions, often under CEQA, and handles federal environmental litigation as well. She opposes her fellow Program Co-Chair, James Arnone, in Save Tara v. City of West Hollywood, which is now pending before the California Supreme Court.

Kenneth B. Bley, partner at Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP, focuses on counseling and representing developers in the land use entitlement process including all aspects of planning, zoning, environmental review, and eminent domain. He has litigated CEQA lawsuits, was a review editor on the chapter on CEQA litigation in Kostka & Zischke treatise, Practice under the California Environmental Quality Act, (California Continuing Education of the Bar) and has taught CEQA to California judges.

Susan Brandt-Hawley is a founding partner at Brandt-Hawley Law Group and practices public interest environmental law statewide on behalf of environmental groups and historic preservation organizations.

Douglas Carstens, partner at Chatten-Brown & Carstens, focuses on land use and CEQA matters. The firm primarily represents environmental and community groups in challenging local and state government decisions, often under CEQA, and handles federal environmental litigation as well. He and Program Co-Chair Jan Chatten-Brown represented petitioners in Uphold Our Heritage v. Town of Woodside and other cases that will be discussed in the program.

Edward J. Casey, partner with Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava & MacCuish LLP, represents residential, retail and commercial developers, lenders, and manufacturers in land use matters, including those arising under CEQA.

Kristin Grenfell, Project Attorney wiith Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)'s California Energy Program, works on implementing California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act through advocacy before relevant state agencies and conducts legal research and advocacy relating to the implementation of the Act.

Michael Hendrix, Director of Air Quality with the Chambers Group, Inc., is the Director of the Inland Empire Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals. He is the primary author of the AEP White Paper on Climate Change Impact Analysis in CEQA Documents and recipient of AEP's "Professional Achievement Award" for innovative Air Quality Mitigation Programs.

Christi Hogin, attorney with Jenkins & Hogin, LLP, is City Attorney for the cities of Lomita and Malibu and provides legal services to other firm clients on land use, rent control, coastal and election law. She is active in the League of California Cities, chairs the Coastal City Attorneys caucus and formerly represented the City Attorney's Department on the League’s Environmental Quality Policy Committee. She litigates land use and CEQA issues in federal and state courts.

Susan K. Hori, partner with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP and co-chair of the firm's Real Estate and Land Use practice group, focuses on the processing of land use entitlements and regulatory permits for real estate development projects and the resolution of environmental issues affecting real property, including matters involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). She was named one of Southern California’s "Most Influential Women in Real Estate" by Real Estate Southern California, 2005, and listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2007.

James G. Moose, partner with Remy, Thomas, Moose and Manley, LLP, focuses on environmental law and is co-author of Guide to the California Environmental Quality Act, a leading treatise on CEQA. He has taught CEQA courses with the University of California Extension Program and on behalf of the Association of Environmental Professionals.

Glenn B. Mueller, Assistant Chief Counsel for the California Department of Transportation's Legal Division, represents Caltrans in environmental and real estate matters, both in state and federal courts, and has represented Caltrans both as a Respondent and as a Petitioner in matters under CEQA.

Kassie Siegel, Staff Attorney and Director of the Center for Biological Diversity's Climate, Air, and Energy Program, develops and implements campaigns and litigation for the reduction of greenhouse gas pollution and the protection of wildlife threatened by global warming.

Bradly S. Torgan, AICP, is General Counsel for the California Department of Parks and Recreation, which includes the State Office of Historic Preservation. Previously he was a partner at Kelly, Lytton & Vann, LLP and focused on CEQA and land use entitlement law.

Ryan Waterman, attorney with Latham & Watkins and member of the Environment, Land and Resources Department, focuses on land use issues and the California Environmental Quality Act.