The Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE) is pleased to announce the addition of six new members to its Advisory Board in 2023. Current board members conducted a thorough search and recruitment process and invited new members based on their prominent standing within the environmental law community, their demonstrated interest in being of service to CLEE’s mission, and their prior connection to the organization. Lenard Weiss, Chair of CLEE’s Advisory Board, commented on the new additions, stating, “The kinds of experience and expertise these six people are bringing will be absolutely invaluable as CLEE continues to address the climate crisis.”
The new members are:
Scott Birkey is a land use and natural resources lawyer who has taught land use at Berkeley Law and, as a student at Berkeley, served as editor-in-chief of the esteemed student journal, Ecology Law Quarterly. More recently, he co-authored Natural Resource Regulation in California, a leading treatise on the state’s environmental permitting process. Scott is based in San Francisco and is a partner at the law firm of Cox, Castle & Nicholson in San Francisco.
Susan Hori is a land use attorney who has served on the Berkeley Law Alumni Association Board and has taught at UC Irvine’s School of Social Ecology. She is a founding member of Arts Orange County, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, the Orange County Business Council Board of Directors, and the Water UC-Irvine Advisory Board. Susan is the administrative partner of Manatt’s Orange County office and former managing editor of Ecology Law Quarterly.
Letitia Moore is an environmental and land use attorney, a former Mayor and former senior managing attorney with the US EPA. After more than 25 years in public service at US EPA and being the first black council member and first black mayor of El Cerrito, Letitia is now a partner in the San Francisco office of Holland & Knight. Letitia also serves on the boards of the East Bay Leadership Council and the Rosie the Riveter Trust. She has been a guest lecturer and panelist at Berkeley Law and served on the working group for Berkeley Law’s Environmental and Energy Law Equity Action Plan.
Harrison Pollak received his JD from Berkeley Law, where he served as an articles editor on Ecology Law Quarterly. After graduation, he completed a clerkship in Louisiana, and worked in Los Angeles with a firm focusing on civil rights cases. Harrison spent the majority of his legal career at the California Attorney General’s office working on Proposition 65 enforcement and other significant environmental litigation. Harrison is also on the board of the Writer Coach Connection, a small non-profit that promotes literacy.
Casey Roberts received her JD from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Ecology Law Quarterly. Casey is a senior attorney for the Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program, working primarily as part of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign to replace coal and gas with clean energy. Her work has included advocacy before state public utility regulators and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relating to wholesale energy markets and transmission. Casey is based in Denver, Colorado.
Terry Watt is the owner of Terrell Watt Planning Consultants, a firm specializing in planning and implementing projects that promote resource conservation and sustainable development. Terry is an expert in general and specific planning, open space and agricultural land conservation and environmental compliance. Her role also includes facilitation, public outreach, and negotiation. Terry has partnered with CLEE on several projects, including least conflict siting of solar power in the San Joaquin Valley. Prior to forming her own consulting group, Terry worked at the law firm Shute, Mihaly, & Weinberger.
The Advisory Board is a prestigious group of distinguished leaders chosen from CLEE’s network of alumni, practitioners, and academics. These members provide valuable support to CLEE through their personal and professional networks, by recruiting new Advisory Board members, and by bringing their unique skills and expertise to enhance CLEE’s efforts.
CLEE also says goodbye to two of its longtime Advisory Board members, Jennifer Jeffers and Mason Willrich, who recently moved onto CLEE’s Emeritus Board. Both Jennifer and Mason served CLEE with distinction, providing valuable insights and guidance that have helped the organization grow from a handful of staff members to its current size of nearly 30. As the need for interdisciplinary climate research and policy implementation grows increasingly urgent, CLEE’s Advisory Board will play a critical role in helping make a positive impact in California and beyond.
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