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Environmental Law Section Executive Committee Meeting

Notice and Agenda

Annual Planning Retreat Meeting Agenda

January 20-22, 2017

Seascape Resort in Aptos
One Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos, CA

Or via Teleconference at:
Call-In Number: 855-520-7605
Passcode: 1920346344

Additional call-in locations are noted at the end of the agenda

Questions regarding any agenda item should be directed to the Section Coordinator, Kristina Robledo at 415-538-2582 or 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-1639.

The order of business is approximate and subject to change.

Open Session

Friday, January 20, 2017 (1:30 – 5:00)



Members of the public may speak to any item on the agenda. The Executive Committee reserves the right to limit the duration of public comment period.


A. Approval of Meeting Minutes

1. December 9, 2016

B. Review Financials (Michael)
C. Chair’s Report (Osha)

1. Committee Assignments Review
2. Retreat Schedule/Activities Review
3. Other Announcements

D. Yosemite Report

1. Preview for Sat./Sun. sessions (Alisha, Ryan, Cara)

E. Update on In-Person Programs 2017 (Eric)

Sea-Level Rise, February 22, 2017, S.F.
Negotiations Competition, March 10, 2017, S.F. Golden Gate
Energy Conference: The Future of the Energy Industry in 2030
April 12, 2017, L.A. State Bar Offices >br? Inland Empire Your Voice: The Desert, the Sea, the Air, and You May 5, 2017, TBD, Riverside
Sierra Water Summit, July 24-25, 2017, Kings Beach (Tahoe)
North Coast Your Voice, Sept. 15, 2017, Eureka Yosemite Conference, October 19-22, 2017, Yosemite

F. Publications

1. Environmental Law Update (Cyndy)
2. Environmental Law News (Scott/Julia)

G. Legislation (Leah/Jeff)
H. Webinars (Jon/Gary)
I. Student Outreach (Cara)
J. Membership Outreach (Chip /Alisha)

1. Possible member poll?

K. Diversity (Chelsea)
L. Sustainability (Gary)
M. New Member Applications and Recruiting

1. Decisions on applicants to be made at 3/10/17 meeting

N. Advisor Assignments/Work Plans/Policy Revisions (Eric)
O. Other 2017 Activities/Updates
P. Council of Sections Update (Chip/Cara/Tina)

1. Status
2. Separation update
3. Bar policies re: alcohol, hotels, sponsorships
4. Bagley-Keene
5. Potential Resolution regarding Section position on 1-4 above
6. Other

Q. Staff Report (Kristina Robledo)
R. Announcements and Other Business

Saturday, January 21, 2017 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) Yosemite Planning Day (Cara Horowitz, Ryan Waterman, Alisha Winterswyk)



Members of the public may speak to any item on the agenda. The Executive Committee reserves the right to limit the duration of public comment period.


1) Welcome and Thanks, Description of Planning Process including Co-Chair Major Work Area Breakdown – Alisha (5 mins)

Co-Chair Major Responsibility Areas


  • 1/2 panels
  • Lifetime Achiev. Award
  • Tenaya site logistics
  • Extra Events
  • Diversity
  • Sponsorships


  • Dinner speaker
  • Plenary speakers
  • Subcommittee coordination
  • Budget
  • Scholarships


  • 1/2 panels
  • Outdoor Programs
  • Brochure
  • Marketing/Social media
  • Sustainability

2) Overview of Subcommittee Work/Feedback on 2015 and Looking Ahead to 2016 – Ryan (15 mins)

3) Introduce Sponsorship Sheet – Pass Around/Signups (discussion deferred to Sunday) –Alisha (5 mins)

4) Hot Topics for Coverage in 2016 – Poll results discussion – Cara (15 mins)

5) Diversity – What can we do to improve the diversity of the Conference topics, presenters and attendees? Why is it important? What does diversity mean to us/the Bar? What is the Yosemite Plan to carry this out? – Alisha (20 mins)


6) Select Participants for Topical Subgroups and Discuss Process – Cara

10:15 Begin Topical SubGroups

Subgroup Instructions:

1. Review suggested panels in category/look for ways to combine panels (15 mins)

2. Identify missing topics from category, work in “must-haves” (10 mins)

3. Develop panel ideas and speakers (consider diversity of topics/participants/perspectives) (use whiteboard or laptop) (10 mins)

4. Work out a roughly agreed upon ranking of suggested panels (10 mins)

(Cara, Ryan and Alisha circulate/assist)


Topical Subgroups presentation of results, including top three panels to larger group, mention others briefly (10 mins each / 6 = 60 mins)

12:00- 12:30 - Serve Working Lunch, Restroom Break and Continue Presentations

12:30 Subgroups continue presentations (1-2 more)

12:45 Group feedback on what we heard from subgroups/direction to Co-Chairs – Alisha/Cara

1:00 Dinner and Plenary Speakers Small Group Break-out Discussion – Ryan

1:45 Outdoor Programs – Cara

Staff Report (Kristina Robledo)

2:00 pm Adjourn

Sunday, January 22, 2017 (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) Yosemite Planning Day (continued)



Members of the public may speak to any item on the agenda. The Executive Committee reserves the right to limit the duration of public comment period.


1) Sponsorships Discussion (circulate signups) - Alisha (20 mins)
2) Scholarships Discussion - Ryan (15 mins)
3) Tenaya logistical and site issues (e.g., hotel res., written materials, etc.) -Alisha (20 mins)
4) Lifetime Achievement Award – Alisha (10 mins)
5) Sustainability – Cara (15 mins)
6) Yosemite Next Steps – Cara (30 mins) (Timeline Handout)

11:25 Conclusion and Reminders (Osha/Eric)

Next Executive Committee Meeting

Next meeting: March 10, 2017 (1:00-5:00 p.m. at Golden Gate University San Francisco)

Staff Report (Kristina Robledo)

11:30 am Adjourn

Meeting Notice

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, those requiring accommodations at this meeting should notify Kristina Robledo at least 72 hours prior to the meeting at 415-538-2582.

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