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ABA Environment, Energy & Resources Hon. Anthony Rendon, The City Project

Friday March 31
8:05 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
HON. ANTHONY RENDON
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN A CHANGING WORLD
Speaker of the California State Assembly,
Sacramento, CA
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8:45 A.M. – 10:15 A.M.

LOOKING AHEAD: WHY ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IS KEY TO THE FUTURE OF YOUR PRACTICE

Environmental justice matters. Environmental justice is central to ensuring that businesses and the communities they operate in work well together. Nowhere is this more apparent than California, where a focus on local air quality impacts has proven central to the state’s recent legislative efforts on climate change. Environmental justice will continue to increasingly impact facility siting, energy sourcing, contaminated site remediation, coastal justice, access to parks and health equity, and climate justice. The leading attorneys and policymakers on this panel, will discuss how environmental justice will affect the development and implementation of environmental and civil rights law, and your practice. Join us to learn what you need to know about environmental justice and health equity initiatives in California, EPA’s EJ 2020 plan, and the potential legal and economic impacts on your clients and communities.
MODERATOR: ELLIOTT P. LAWS, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC
MUSTAFA ALI, former Senior Advisor and Assistant Associate Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
ROBERT GARCÍA, Founding Director and Counsel, The City Project, Los Angeles, CA, www.cityprojectca.org
DEIDRE SANDERS, Environmental Justice and Policy Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Francisco, CA

Click here to view the full Program Brochure.

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Panhe Native American Gathering & Celebration of Protection & Preservation San Onofre

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2017 Panhe Celebration

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2017 Panhe Celebration
Sunday, March 26th

Please join us for the 11th annual Celebration of Protection and Preservation at Panhe – A Native American Gathering in the San Mateo Campground at San Onofre State Beach.

Complete event schedule will be posted on the San Onofre Parks Foundation website and Facebook page later this week.

Free event admission
Free off-site parking at Concordia Elementary School
Free round-trip shuttle from 9:45am-4:30pm

Panhe, original painting by Drew Brophy, 2011

Superbloom Anza Borrego Desert State Park After a record drought and record rains, record crowds see the flowers.

Visit The City Project’s Anza Borrego 2017 photo gallery at https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityprojectca/albums/72157679764979951

LDF Statement Oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch for US Supreme Court

The City Project joins our sisters and brothers at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in opposing the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court.

This is the 50th anniversary of Thurgood Marhsall’s swearing in as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court.
Justice Marshall was LDF’s first Director-Counsel
Thurgood Marshall © Vincent Groves 1996

Read a PDF of LDF’s statement here.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Releases Comprehensive Report on the Civil Rights Record of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, Nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States

LDF Opposes Gorsuch Confirmation and Requests a Delay of his Confirmation Hearing

With confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch set to begin next week, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has released an in-depth report analyzing his civil rights record. Based on the report’s comprehensive analysis, LDF opposes Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Our opposition to his confirmation is based on our review of the available judicial record. However, Judge Gorsuch’s overall record is, unfortunately, incomplete. Thus, we also request that the committee delay Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing to allow sufficient time to review and consider outstanding documents from the period in which Judge Gorsuch served at the Department of Justice, which may reveal additional matters that should be examined by the Senate Judiciary Committee in advance of any hearing.

“LDF is committed to protecting the central role courts play in the enforcement of our nation’s civil rights laws and the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, and our extensive report is an integral part of this process,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of LDF. “Judge Gorsuch’s ten-year record of judicial decision-making offers no clear demonstration that he understands the importance of courts in vindicating the rights of those most dependent on the promise of equal justice under law. To the contrary, his record reflects a propensity toward minimizing equality protections across various areas. For these reasons, LDF must oppose the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.”

We do not reach this conclusion lightly. In fact, LDF does not take a position on every Supreme Court nominee. However, a hard and careful review of Judge Gorsuch’s record raises serious concern about how he will approach cases involving civil rights issues of great import to the communities we serve. Without question, the findings also suggest that he is deeply ideological and conservative. Across different issues, including when race is directly and indirectly implicated, Judge Gorsuch has regularly favored the interests of the privileged and powerful—whether the government, corporations, or wealthy individuals—at the expense of equality and inclusion.

While serving on the bench, Judge Gorsuch has expressly praised the legal philosophy of Justice Antonin Scalia, whose opinions took a hostile position toward civil rights issues, including Justice Scalia’s adherence to a judicial philosophy—originalism—which by its very nature and in practice, has embraced a cramped view of the civil rights of racial minorities and other marginalized individuals. In fact, we have found Judge Gorsuch’s record mirrors and, in some areas, may exceed, the conservativism of Justice Scalia, most prominently in his opposition to the longstanding Supreme Court precedent on the role of federal agencies.

Specifically, the report lays out LDF’s research and concerns in the following areas:

a. Administrative Law

b. Access to Justice

c. Capital Punishment and Criminal Justice

d. Employment Discrimination

e. Education

f. LGBTQ Equality

There remain outstanding questions about Judge Gorsuch’s record, including issues that he hasn’t addressed as a judge, and his work as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice. Access to information about Judge Gorsuch’s tenure at DOJ has been limited. DOJ did not respond to the Judiciary Committee’s bipartisan request for material until it produced 144,000 pages of documents on March 8. And even that production has proven incomplete, as Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein described in a March 14 letter requesting additional material related to Judge Gorsuch’s work at DOJ. LDF believes the committee should delay Judge Gorsuch’s hearing so that it may fully review the documents that were just produced and receive the additional documents described in Senator Feinstein’s letter.

With the release of this report, LDF reminds the Senate that a strong and independent judiciary is critical to the functioning and legitimacy of our democratic government and the rule of law and urges the Senate to fulfill its Constitutional responsibility to thoroughly examine the complete record of Judge Gorsuch.

Read LDF’s full report.

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