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274.12 sec. 1 - Workshop on Development of the Environment (Spring 2011)
Instructor: Robert D. Infelise (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: M 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 10
Course Start: January 10, 2011
Course Control Number (1Ls): 49859
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49856
The intersection of environmental, land use and natural resource law, on one hand, and the world of real estate development, on the other, is filled 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 lives of some people. 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. Last year, we studied the myriad of environmental issues confronting the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
No decision has been made about the focus of the spring Workshop. Each week the class will be visited by a someone with an informed perspective on the topic. The students will interview our guests. In a separate fifty-minute session each week, the class will discuss the information gleaned from the interviews and outside research. The final project will consist of individual or small group written projects. The class will be graded on a pass/fail basis.
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 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). Mr. Infelise teaches the Environmental Law Writing Seminar, the Workshop on Development and the Environment, Remedies and, from time to time, Environmental Law and Policy and The Law of Hazardous Waste. He currently serves as the acting executive director of the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment.
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A reader will be used in this class.
Instructor has indicated that no books will be assigned.