Welcome to the Hastings Environmental Law Journal

HELJ  is home to all aspects of environmental policy and  legal  issues, and focuses on scholarship regarding the most current issues from across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. This journal  focuses on creating a community of environmental scholars here at  Hastings,  and connecting them with the greater environmental community beyond.  With articles and essays from a range of authors, including practicing attorneys, policy-makers, law students and professors, resource managers, scientists, citizen groups, and activists,  HELJ  leads the way in identifying the most problematic issues in  environmental law and policy and creating  innovative solutions. 

CEQA—Admirable Goals, Bad Reputation

By: Caroline Lavenue 04/12/2018 I.   CEQA—Admirable Goals, Bad Reputation It is no surprise that the people most calling for CEQA reform are the developers, contractors, and those whose goals are impeded by the complex CEQA process. CEQA, like any law, is in place to...

An Overview of Senate Bill 827

By: Andrew Angeles Since it was introduced on January 03, 2018 by State Senator Scott Weiner, Senate Bill 827 has been a controversial piece of legislation for California.  The bill could have drastic impacts on California’s land use and housing developments. This...

Desalination: Technological and Legal Issues

Desalination: Technological and Legal Issues By Andrew Angeles In the 2016-2017 winter, California received enough rain such that most of the state is no longer facing a severe drought.[1]  However, problems associated with water scarcity in a state with 39.25 million...

“Natural” Disasters, Who Can be Held Liable? California Fires and Global Climate Change

“Natural” Disasters, Who Can be Held Liable? California Fires and Global Climate Change By Alexander Cervantes In the past month California has been set ablaze by a series of disastrous wildfires.  Julia Prodis Sulek, Santa Rosa fire: How a sudden firestorm devastated...

How Illegal Water Use for Growing Marijuana is Doing Untold Damage to California’s Environment and Why New Regulations May Exacerbate Rather than Eliminate the Problem

How Illegal Water Use for Growing Marijuana is Doing Untold Damage to California’s Environment and Why New Regulations May Exacerbate Rather than Eliminate the Problem By Asha Wiegand-Shahani One of the most egregious yet underreported environmental crimes associated...
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