Thanks to a generous travel grant provided by The William S. Richardson School of Law Environmental Law Program, I was able to attend the Environmental Law Institute’s Ninth Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law in San Francisco, California from March 13-15, 2013. As the name implies, Boot Camp’s purpose is to give an intensive, basic overview of environmental law to attorneys new to the practice area. Law students and other professionals also attended.
Boot Camp hosted workshops on topics such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, chemical regulation, resource conservation, and environmental enforcement. Each faculty member (i.e., senior practitioner on the topic) created a slide show and shared his or her experiences working with clients, the court, and state and federal agencies. All Boot Camp participants received a manual containing the slide show presentations along with access to online supplemental materials, created by the faculty, to use in their own practices. The small workshop size facilitated informal and frank discussion about issues participants encounter daily and created an open forum for comments and asking questions.
What I appreciated most about Boot Camp was that in the limited amount of time given, the faculty highlighted the key points of environmental law and explained what we needed to know to be successful practitioners. Three days was not enough time to delve into the finer points of environmental law, but it was enough to give participants a flavor of current trends in the industry and what to expect in practice. I came away from Boot Camp wanting to know more and I intend to take environmental law courses this upcoming school year.
I highly recommend Boot Camp for law students who have an emerging interest in environmental law and for those who wish to learn from top experts. Mahalo to the Environmental Law Program for the opportunity to attend Boot Camp!
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Pictured (left to right): Lisa Higa ’14 and Chandra Middleton, Director of the Associates Program for the Environmental Law Institute