by Laura Harris
The Environmental Law Section held its first “Meet Your Environmental Regulators” (MYER) reception on November 9, at the Sutter Club. The event, which was modeled after an annual event of the Bar Association of San Francisco, brought together members of Sacramento’s environmental bar with those of the state’s environmental regulatory community for a fun and informal meet-and-greet.
In attendance were representatives of California’s Environmental Protection Agency, the State Water Resources Control Board, the Air Resources Board, the State Lands Commission, and the Departments of Conservation, Water Resources, Forestry and Fire Protection, Toxic Substances Control, Resources Recycling and Recovery, and Food and Agriculture, among others. Also in attendance were law students, environmental experts working in consulting firms, and environmental lawyers working in the private sector.
As they signed in, guests were greeted by friendly members of the SCBA staff, who made everyone feel welcome and at ease. Drinks and appetizers were served. Topics of discussion ranged from the future of environmental laws under the new administration, the status of current and ongoing environmental protection efforts, and “war stories” of litigation. Despite an air of uncertainty stemming from the previous night’s election results, most in attendance voiced hopeful optimism about the future of natural-resource regulations and the planet as a whole. And, as usually occurs when lawyers congregate, laughter could be heard around the room.
The SCBA Environmental Law Section proposed and helped organize the event, with the tireless efforts and strong organizational-skills of SCBA staff members. The section hopes to make MYER an annual event.