Students in the Environmental Law Clinic have the opportunity to work on many different kinds of cases. Our students have recently authored or co-authored briefs, letters, and other documents in cases aimed at:
- Saving the Medicine Lake Highlands
- Shepherding coastal wetlands into state conservation from private ownership
- Preserving the historic Presidio in San Francisco
- Cleaning up agricultural runoff in central California
- Encouraging responsible renewable energy development on public lands
- Enforcing California’s Environmental Quality Act
- Defending and improving California’s climate change laws (AB 32)
- Protecting salmon habitat in Marin County, California
- Cleaning up stormwater in Los Angeles
- Defeating a huge landfill on the flanks of Joshua Tree National Park
Saving the Medicine Lake Highlands
Our students represent the Pit River Tribe and local environmental organizations in their efforts to challenge potential large-scale energy development of a sacred Native American site in northeastern California.
- District Court summary judgment reply brief (March 17, 2016)
- District Cout summary judgment opening brief (February 10, 2016)
- Ninth Circuit oral argument (March 12, 2015)
- Ninth Circuit reply brief (May 19, 2014)
- Ninth Circuit opening brief (Feb. 3, 2014)
Shepherding coastal wetlands into state conservation from private ownership
Our students represent local environmental organizations and landowners seeking to shepherd private lands adjacent to the largest coastal lagoon in the lower 48 into permanent state conservation.
- Amicus brief in takings case (Mar. 17, 2014)
- District Court motion for judgment on the pleadings (Jan. 15, 2014)
- District court motion to intervene (Oct. 16, 2013)
- Letter to stop illegal grazing on state lands (May 16, 2011)
Preserving the historic Presidio in San Francisco
Our students represent the Presidio Historical Association, which is working to save the Presidio from a plan that would commercialize, and forever change, that historic park in the heart of San Francisco.
- Ninth Circuit decision (Jan. 26, 2016) and commentary on the decision
- Ninth Circuit oral argument (Oct. 20, 2015)
- Ninth Circuit reply brief (Nov. 21, 2014)
- Ninth Circuit opening brief (Dec. 20, 2013)
Cleaning up agricultural pollution in central California
Our students represent Monterey Coastkeeper in its efforts to get state and regional agencies to more effectively regulate polluted agricultural runoff in central California.
- Monterey Coastkeeper v. Monterey County Water Resources Agency:
- Monterey Coaskteeper v. State Water Board:
Encouraging responsible renewable energy development
Our students represent the National Parks Conservation Association in its efforts to promote responsible renewable energy development on federal public lands, including by authoring comments on large-scale solar and wind projects proposed for the Silurian Valley in California’s Mojave Desert.
- Comments on Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (Feb. 23, 2015)
- BLM denies approval for proposed Silurian Valley solar project (Nov. 20, 2014)
- NPCA comments on proposed Silurian Valley solar and wind projects (Sept. 9, 2014)
Enforcing California’s Environmental Quality Act
Our students represent Landwatch San Luis Obispo County in a case challenging the unpermitted construction of a desalination plant near Cambria, California. Despite the need for long-term and deliberative planning about how to best manage Cambria’s spare water resources, the project was hastily built without the environmental review required by CEQA.
- Reply in support of motion for preliminary injunction (Mar. 3, 2015)
- Motion for preliminary injunction (Feb. 13, 2015)
Defending and improving California’s climate change laws (AB 32)
Our students recently prepared and submitted comments on California’s proposed Mine Methane Capture Compliance Offset Protocol, a potential component of California’s cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases. Our students have also authored amicus briefs aimed at defending California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, another part of California’s effort to address climate change, against constitutional and statutory challenges. The students wrote the briefs on behalf of preeminent climate change and lifecycle analysis scientists.
- Comment Letter to California Air Resources Board (July 1, 2013)
- Ninth Circuit amicus brief (climate change scientists) (June 15, 2012)
- Ninth Circuit amicus brief (lifecycle scientists) (June 15, 2012)
Protecting salmon habitat in Marin County, California
Our students successfully represented the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) in its efforts to preserve the last remaining habitat of the critically imperiled Central California Coast coho salmon in Marin County, California.
- Reply remedy brief (Nov. 21, 2014)
- Opening remedy brief (Oct. 24, 2014)
- Court of Appeal decision (Mar. 5, 2014)
- Court of Appeal opening brief (Apr. 29, 2013)
Cleaning up stormwater in Los Angeles
Our students wrote an amicus brief on behalf of two professors in this case challenging Los Angeles County’s compliance with its stormwater discharge permit.
- U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief (Nov. 5, 2012)
Defeating a huge landfill on the flanks of Joshua Tree National Park
Our students successfully represented the NPCA in its efforts to stop the Kaiser Eagle Mountain landfill from being built next to Joshua Tree National Park.
- U.S. Supreme Court opposition to petition for certiorari (Feb. 25, 2011)
- Ninth Circuit answering brief (Apr. 12, 2007)