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274.12 sec. 1 - Workshop on Development of the Environment (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Robert D. Infelise  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: M 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 240

Course Start: January 07, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 51224


The intersection of environmental, land use and natural resource law, on one hand, and the world of real estate development, on the other, is littered with complexities and trade-offs. Large-scale development projects almost always have measurable negative impacts on the environment, while at the same time often improving the surrounding community. As a result, the social and economic utility of projects is often difficult to determine. Lawyers are called upon to address the legal questions raised by development projects, but the answers are not always found in the law.

In past years, the Workshop students have focused on major public works projects. The last time the Workshop was taught we studied the myriad of issues surrounding the redevelopment of Treasure Island. In all likelihood, this spring we will study the demise of redevelopment agencies in California, and what that means for future development.

Each week the class will be visited by a someone with an informed perspective on the topic. The students will interview our guests. The final project will require students to work in groups to produce a written product. In addition, students will individually write a paper or papers totaling at least ten pages in length. Students will also be required to do to reading relevant to individual speakers, and additional self-directed reading.

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY: Robert D. Infelise received his A.B. from Cal in 1977 and his J.D. from Boalt Hall in 1980. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Infelise joined the Los Angeles office of Cox Castle & Nicholson, LLP, one of the nation's premier law firms specializing in the real estate and financial services industries. Since the mid-1980’s, he has specialized in litigation involving soil and groundwater contamination. In 1998, Mr. Infelise helped found Cox Castle & Nicholson's San Francisco office and later served as its managing partner.

Mr. Infelise has written for industry publications and spoken to real estate groups and lawyers on issues involving soil and groundwater pollution, insurance for environmental claims and California’s Proposition 65. His scholarly work begins and ends with an article co-authored by Professor Robert A. Kagan entitled "American State Supreme Court Justices, 1900-70," American Bar Foundation Research Journal, 1984 (Vol. 2, Spring). In addition to the Workshop, Mr. Infelise teaches Environmental Law and Policy, the Environmental Law Writing Seminar, and The Law of Hazardous Waste. He formerly served as the acting executive director of the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment.

Exam Notes: P
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Environmental Law

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