Participating in the CEQA Process
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Overview of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) R. Kwong
History and purpose of CEQA
Projects to which CEQA process applies
Projects that are exempt
Evaluating environmental effect of project
Preparing Initial Study and Environmental Impact Report R. Kwong
Contents of initial study
Contents of a negative declaration (ND)
Contents of a mitigated negative declaration (MND)
Contents of environmental impact report (EIR)
Preparing draft EIR, ND or MND
Providing Public Review Period and Preparing Final EIR R. Kwong
Providing public review period
Responding to comments on draft EIR, ND, or MND
Preparing final EIR, ND, or MND
Consideration and approval of final EIR, ND, or MND
Preparing findings on significant environmental effects
Challenging CEQA Actions and Determinations S. Flashman
Actions subject to challenge
Complying with statute of limitations/tolling agreements
Standards of review
Relationship to other causes of action
Litigating Challenges to CEQA in State Court S. Flashman
Notice requirements – timing “traps”
Preparing the petition – teal parties in Interest
Settlement procedures and options
Preparing the administrative record
Requesting a stay or temporary restraining order
Augmenting the administrative record and trial preparation
Trying the case to the court
Filing for appellate review
Handling Ethical Issues in Environmental Disputes S. Flashman
Conflicts of Interest and multiple clients
Unintentional receipt of privileged information courtesy with opposing counsel
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6.5 CLE Hours, Including 1.0 Ethics Hour
Continuing Education Opportunity
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(No credit for CA Architects)
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Stuart Flashman is a solo practitioner. His office is located in the Rockridge section of Oakland, California, one block from the Rockridge BART station.
Dr. Flashman’s areas of practice are environmental, land use, and elections law. Within the environmental area, Dr. Flashman specializes in litigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In the land use area, his focus is on planning and zoning law; particularly general plan consistency and challenges under the Subdivision Map Act.
In the election law area, Dr. Flashman’s focus is on ballot measures, both initiatives and referenda. This includes assistance in preparing and qualifying measures, as well as litigation over the validity of measures. The remainder of this website provides additional information on Dr. Flashman’s legal specialties. It also includes background information and several essays relating to his areas of practice.
Robert N. Kwong
Robert N. Kwong is a partner with the law firm of Arnold LaRochelle Mathews VanConas & Zirbel, LLP (A to Z Law). His practice emphasizes land use and environmental law, including the processing of land use entitlements and related administrative and civil litigation. Areas of environmental law include air quality, climate change, water supply, water quality and solid waste management. His work involves counseling and representing private and public entities and individuals dealing with local, state and federal land use laws and regulations, including the California Environmental Quality, the California Coastal Act, federal Clean Air Act, and federal Clean Water Act.
Prior to joining A to Z Law, he was the Assistant County Counsel for the County of Ventura with primary responsibility for the Resource Management Agency’s Planning, Environmental Health, Code Compliance and Building & Safety Divisions. He also served as general counsel to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District where he was at the forefront of California’s climate change laws and regulations.
Previously, he served as General Counsel for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Senior Deputy District Counsel for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles; and Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice.
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Course Title: Participating in the CEQA Process
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This 6.5-hour live presentation provides design professionals and those involved in construction projects with an overview of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), its procedures, and how to comply with it. The course also demonstrates how to prepare initial studies and environmental impact reports, discusses the need for a public review period and how to provide it, lays out the steps required to challenge CEQA actions and determinations, previews litigating challenges to CEQA in State Court, and explores the ethical issues in environmental disputes.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and discuss its history, purpose, scope, and exemptions.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to prepare an initial study, a negative declaration (ND), a mitigated negative declaration (MND), and an environmental impact report (EIR).
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to provide, consider, and respond to public review and prepare findings on significant environmental effects, as well as the final ND, MND, or EIR.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to challenge CEQA actions and determinations by identifying which actions are subject to challenges, complying with statute of limitations/tolling agreements, and following the challenge procedure.
Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to handle ethical issues in environmental disputes by understanding conflicts of interest between multiple clients.
LUs: 6.5 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Familiarity with environmental impact and related reports
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
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