Fall/Winter '09 News and Updates

Program Developments
Berkeley Law is offering fifteen different environmental courses this year. In addition, thousands of people have now viewed five of our courses taught prior semesters, which are available in their entirety on YouTube.
 
Our energy program now offers courses year-round, including Renewable Energy and Other Alternative Fuels: Law, Policy and Promise, Energy Regulation and the Environment and Energy and Infrastructure Project Finance.

The first J.D. students to get our new certificate of specialization in green technology will graduate next May. Peter Menell and Steve Weissman were instrumental in developing the certificate.
 
We also have a new LL.M. certificate of specialization in environmental law. The first batch of LL.M. students received the certificate last May. Berkeley Law launched a new summer LL.M. program this year, too.
 
The environmental field placement program has expanded significantly, and now has a dedicated seminar. Here are a few of this semester's notable externships:

> U.S. Dept. of Justice-Environmental and Natural Resources Division
> California Energy Commission
> Natural Resources Defense Council


The Electronic Frontier

Ecology Law Quarterly is not only offering all its articles online now, it also has a new online publication, Ecology Law Currents, featuring "short-form commentary and analysis on timely environmental law and policy issues."
 
Legal Planet, the joint Berkeley Law and UCLA law blog on environmental law and policy, has recently surpassed 150,000 views and well over 600 posts.
 
The Center for Law, Energy and the Environment produces and houses our extensive collection of environmental and energy law audio and video-recorded media.


Center for Law, Energy and the Environment News

CLEE is about to launch its City Streets Project in conjunction with the College of Environmental Design, which will be a multi-year effort to shape law and policy to improve the environmental design and function of our urban environment.

Thanks to a second $200,000 grant from the Bank of America Foundation, the center will be continuing its joint initiative with UCLA Law exploring how different business sectors could reduce GHG emissions and be more responsive to climate change.

Earlier this month the center also continued its workshop series on cap and trade monitoring and enforcement in partnership with the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board and the Attorney General's Office.
 

Alumni Highlights

Cynthia Giles '78 was tapped by President Obama to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
 
Christopher Schroeder '74 was nominated by President Obama to be Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy in the Department of Justice.
 
 
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