Antonette Cordero is a Clinical Supervising Attorney in the Environmental Law Clinic. Before retiring in May 2020, Antonette Cordero served almost 25 years with the California Attorney General’s Office. As Chief of Legal Affairs from 2017 to 2019, Cordero was a member of the attorney general’s executive team and was responsible for the work of all legal divisions and of the office’s 1,200 attorneys. She spent the rest of her attorney general career in the Civil Rights Enforcement Section and the Environment Section, where she represented the attorney general, Native American Heritage Commission, the Fair Employment and Housing Commission and other client agencies, and wrote several amicus briefs to the U.S. and California Supreme Courts on behalf of California and multistate coalitions.
Two California governors appointed Cordero to executive positions with the Department of Toxic Substances Control, first as the agency’s chief counsel, and most recently as the deputy director of the Hazardous Waste Management Program. At the Ventura County Counsel’s Office from 1997 to 2001, Cordero handled major CEQA litigation challenging the practice of approving new development based on the availability of “paper water.” She has also taught appellate advocacy and first amendment law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Cordero is a native of Santa Barbara, California, an enrolled member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, and a paddler of a traditional tomol (plank canoe) on the Chumash community’s annual crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel. She serves on the Board of Advisors of the Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples and served on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California for almost 20 years. She has been an advisor to the Executive Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the California Lawyers Association (formerly the State Bar) since 2002.
Cordero received her law degree from Stanford University, master of science degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Southern California. Before attending law school, Cordero was a reporter with the Long Beach Press-Telegram in Long Beach, California.
Antonette Cordero is teaching the following courses in Fall 2021:
Courses During Other Semesters
|Semester||Course Num||Course Title||Spring 2022||295.5E sec. 001||Environmental Law Clinic||295.5F sec. 001||Advanced Environmental Law Clinic|