Date: Friday, Feb. 26th, 2021
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar
MCLE: One Hour of General Participatory MCLE
About the Program
This program will cover federal and state laws that protect human and environmental health related to water (including the Clean Water Act and Porter-Cologne Act), significant case law, and enforcement actions that have been taken under those laws locally in San Diego, including actions undertaken by Coastkeeper and other environmental organizations.
About the Speakers
Matt O’Malley serves as the executive director and managing attorney for San Diego Coastkeeper, where he leads the organization and directs Coastkeeper’s legal, policy, and advocacy work. Prior to joining Coastkeeper in 2014, Matt represented grass-roots environmental groups in the federal, state, and local arenas. He has experience in areas such as the Clean Water Act, NPDES permits, land use and growth management laws, CEQA, the Endangered Species Act, groundwater, and environmental justice. He is also an alternate Commissioner for the California Coastal Commission.
Patrick McDonough joined San Diego Coastkeeper in early 2019, where as staff attorney he assists with all legal, policy, and advocacy work. A surfer from Encinitas who became concerned about water quality issues while spending time in the ocean, Patrick pursued a law degree in order to dedicate his career to environmental advocacy. He graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law with a certificate of concentration in environmental law from the school’s esteemed Environmental Law Program. In law school, Patrick worked on several Clean Water Act cases with Waterkeepers Chesapeake, another member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, through the school’s award-winning Environmental Law Clinic.
This webinar is part of our series of continuing legal education (CLE) classes. Since the law library’s physical locations closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have transitioned our CLE programs online as webinars. These courses have been in high demand and spaces fill up quickly so, please, sign up now to reserve your spot. You will receive an email with your login information after registering for the event.
Each year, we give special focus to an area of law intrinsic to the fabric of San Diego county’s culture, history, and modern day life. For the year 2020-2021, our focus is on Water Law. In San Diego, water is key to our way of life. And, although San Diego County has 70 miles of coastline and many rivers and lakes for recreation, we deal with many issues relating to water sources and conservation. Accordingly, the allocation of water becomes important legally. How is our relationship with water reflected in our legal system? How do we cope, legally and through regulation, with drought conditions? During the year, we will be focusing on federal, state, and local water laws.
Our goal with the Topic of the Year is to provide information and resources to the community on these important topics. We will post articles on resources available at the library and in the community, and news on developments in this evolving area of the law. Also, we have a new Water Law Resource Guide with information about state, local, and San Diego Law Library resources available at our Downtown and Vista locations. Additionally, we will provide free continuing legal education programs featuring experts in the field, to educate our patrons on current issues in water law.