Law Seminars International Presents:

14th Annual Advanced Seminar on

California Environmental Quality Act

Critical updates on current major CEQA developments for attorneys, environmental and real estate professionals, planners, and agency officials

September 21, 2018

Los Angeles, CA
(or anyplace you may be via webcast!)

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

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. Housing policy issues have emerged to the forefront in the Legislature and throughout the state. We will consider how CEQA helps and hinders addressing housing needs. Our knowledgeable panelists will also explain CEQA exemptions that have emerging roles to play today in all sorts of projects. We will be examining recent activity to assess and mitigate the impacts of California greenhouse gas emissions. We will discuss evolving treatment of CEQA remedies as courts increasingly move away from all or nothing solutions to EIR defects. New CEQA guideline revisions have been promulgated for the first time in over a decade so we will be taking a close look at those general guidelines and those specifically for traffic issues. Our day will include the perennial favorite from a leading CEQA treatise author about the many published CEQA decisions over the last twelve months.

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

What You Will Learn

  • ~ CEQA and the Housing Crisis
  • ~ CEQA exemptions
  • ~ Assessing global climate change in EIRs
  • ~ GHG offset innovations
  • ~ Fixing EIRs: Judicial remedies and the scope of post-trial relief
  • ~ New CEQA Guidelines
  • ~ SB 743's Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Guidelines
  • ~ New developments in CEQA appellate case law

What Attendees Said

  • "Panelists represented a good range of fields and intrests. Well moderated session"
  • "Impressive collection of presenters!
  • "I really appreciate the diversity of perspectives on the panels!"
  • "The workshop was exceptional in both content and presentation. Thanks!"
  • "Good timing, questions will return next year"

Friday, September 21, 2018

8:00 am

Registrations Open

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

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

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

8:45 am

The Housing Crisis - is CEQA a Help or Hindrance

Point and counterpoint on CEQA's role in impeding or fostering housing goals

Jennifer L. Hernandez, Esq.
Holland & Knight / San Francisco, CA

Alexander "Sasha" Harnden, Esq. , Policy Advocate
Western Center on Law & Poverty / Sacramento, CA

9:30 am

Digging Up Old CEQA Exemptions: Has "CEQA Reform" of the Past Finally Become Relevant?

Practical opportunities and impediments in re-evaluating whether little-used CEQA exemptions can be useful today

Benjamin J. Hanelin, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / Los Angeles, CA

Jamie T. Hall, Esq.
Channel Law Group / Beverly Hills, CA

10:15 am


10:30 am

An Ever-Moving Target: How to Assess Global Climate Change in EIRs

Best practices and unanswered questions

Eric C. Lu, Esq. , Principal
Ramboll / Irvine, CA

Margaret Moore Sohagi, Esq.
The Sohagi Law Group / Los Angeles, CA

11:30 am

GHG Offset Innovations

GHG offsets as part of the project: How to do it right

Jonathan Parfrey , Executive Director
Climate Resolve / Los Angeles, CA

Jean-Philippe Brisson, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / New York, NY

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

So the Judge Says You Need to Fix Your EIR . . .

Perspectives on judicial remedies and the scope of post-trial relief

Kevin K. Johnson, Esq.
Kevin K. Johnson APLC / Vista, CA

Michelle Ouellette, Esq.
Best Best & Krieger / Riverside, CA

2:15 pm

The CEQA Guidelines Redux - Twenty Years in the Making

What is changing and what is staying the same?

Stephanie Eyestone-Jones , Principal
Eyestone Environmental / El Segundo, CA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

They're Here! SB 743's Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Guidelines

Overview of new rules for transitioning from Level of Service (LOS) to VMT assessments

Chris Ganson , Senior Planner
Governor's Office of Planning & Research / Sacramento, CA

Current best thinking from an engineering perspective

K.C. Yellapu, P.E. , Associate Principal
Linscott Law & Greenspan Engineers / San Diego, CA

Practical tips from early experience in implementation at the local level

Fred Dock, P.E., AICP , Director, Department of Transportation
City of Pasadena / Pasadena, CA

4:00 pm

New Developments in CEQA Appellate Case Law

Tiffany K. Wright, Esq.
Remy Moose Manley / Sacramento, CA

5:00 pm

Evaluations & Adjourn

Faculty Bios

James L. Arnone, James L. Arnone, Program Co-Chair, is the global Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department at Latham & Watkins.

Douglas Carstens, Douglas Carstens, Program Co-Chair, is managing partner at Chatten-Brown & Carstens. He has extensive experience in environmental, land use, municipal and natural resource matters.

Jean-Philippe Brisson Jean-Philippe Brisson is a partner at Latham & Watkins where he advises clients on energy and climate policy issues.

Fred Dock is Director, Fred Dock is Director, Department of Transportation for the City of Pasadena. He is a traffic engineer and transportation planner with 40 years of experience in urban transportation systems.

Stephanie Eyestone-Jones is Principal at Eyestone Environmental, which focuses on preparation of technically sound environmental documentation in accordance with CEQA and NEPA.

Chris Ganson Chris Ganson is Senior Planner at the Governor's Office of Planning & Research. He has expertise in assessment and mitigation of environmental and human health factors driven by land use and transportation planning, and also VMT reduction.

Jamie T. Hall Jamie T. Hall is a partner at Channel Law Group. He represents clients before zoning boards, city councils and public utility commissions on land use, municipal, utility, and environmental issues.

Benjamin J. Hanelin, Benjamin J. Hanelin, counsel at Latham & Watkins, practices in all areas of environmental law with a particular focus on major infrastructure improvements. This includes CEQA and California Coastal Act litigation.

Alexander Alexander "Sasha" Harnden is a Housing Policy Advocate with the Western Center on Law and Poverty. His work focuses on addressing California's housing crisis through legislation related to issues.

Jennifer L. Hernandez Jennifer L. Hernandez leads the West Coast Land Use and Environment Practice Group for Holland & Knight.

Kevin K. Johnson is a sole practitioner who's non-profit practice includes representation of national, statewide, regional and local environmental groups as well as unincorporated citizens groups.

Eric C. Lu Eric C. Lu is Principal at Ramboll. His expertise includes preparing and developing strategic approaches for health risk and GHG evaluations as required by CEQA.

Michelle Ouellette Michelle Ouellette is a partner at Best Best & Krieger. She helps cities, counties, special districts, and clients in the private sector to navigate the requirements of CEQA, NEPA, and state and federal ESA.

Jonathan Parfrey Jonathan Parfrey is the Executive Director and Founder of Climate Resolve. He has worked extensively to better community and environment in the LA area.

Margaret Moore Sohagi Margaret Moore Sohagi of The Sohagi Law Group represents public agencies in complex, high profile land use and environmental transactional and litigation matters.

Tiffany Wright is Tiffany Wright is a partner in the law firm Remy Moose Manley. She represents public agencies and private applicants in obtaining land use approvals and in litigation in matters involving CEQA and NEPA.

K.C. Yellapu is As K.C. Yellapu is As sociate Principal at Linscott Law & Greenspan Engineers and is a registered Traffic and Civil Engineer in the State of California.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 6.75 California MCLE credits and 6.5 Certified Environmental Professional credits. 6.5 ACIP credits are pending. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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