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271.5 sec. 001 - Environmental Law Writing Seminar (Fall 2022)

Instructor: Robert Donald Infelise  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Holly Doremus  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
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From August 23, 2022
To November 22, 2022

Course Start: August 23, 2022
Course End: November 22, 2022

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 15
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 18
As of: 02/17 06:39 AM

The Environmental Law Writing Seminar is designed for students who are keenly interested in environmental, land use, natural resources law or energy law, and want to contribute to legal scholarship. It offers an opportunity to produce comments/case notes about important opinions and other developments in the field for inclusion in the Ecology Law Quarterly’s renowned Annual Review of Environmental and Natural Resource Law. Working with Professor Doremus and Mr. Infelise during the fall semester, and with Mr. Infelise and the ELQ editorial staff during the spring semester, students will improve their writing and research skills while helping to shape the development of the law. J.D. students will bid for topics chosen by the instructors. LLM students will have the opportunity to write a comment on an important topic, with the potential for publication in Ecology Law Quarterly’s online journal, Currents. Students interested in the course must apply for admission. Applications will be available through the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment. Because this class provides papers for ELQ’s Annual Review, once J.D. students bid on topic, they may not drop the course, and must complete their paper. Students whose papers are accepted for publication for ELQ following the end of the fall semester must enroll in the spring semester Writing Seminar.

J.D. applications will be due April 13. Students will be notified shortly thereafter if they have been admitted to the course. LLM applications will be due July 22. After these deadlines pass, late applications will be considered on a rolling basis as space permits.

Biography: Robert D. Infelise received his A.B. from Cal in 1977 and his J.D. from Berkeley Law in 1980. Upon graduating, 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 writes and speaks on issues involving soil and groundwater pollution, as well as climate change. 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 this course, Mr. Infelise teaches Environmental Law & Policy; the Environmental Law Writing Seminar; Climate Change and the Law; Pathways to Carbon Neutrality; and Evidence. He is the former chair of the Advisory Committee, as well as former acting executive director, of Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment. In 2002-2003, Mr. Infelise was the acting head of Berkeley Law’s environmental law program. In 2014, he was given an honorific title, and is now a Christopher Edley, Jr. Lecturer. Mr. Infelise proudly serves as the faculty advisor to the Ecology Law Quarterly.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class fulfills Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement for all students in the course. All students must write 30 pages and complete a draft.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Environmental and Energy Law

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