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Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law

215 Bancroft Ave

Berkeley, CA 94720

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Students for Economic and Environmental Justice, the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, and the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice proudly invite you to Ground-Truthing Injustice.

Ground-Truthing Injustice, scheduled for February 8, 2019, will amplify the voices of communities experiencing environmental injustice by highlighting the truths of how specific communities are disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and policies. It will bring together community members, EJ advocates, and lawyers in non-profit, governmental, and for-profit practices through a day-long summit at Berkeley Law. Longtime environmental justice champion Mustafa Santiago Ali will open the day with a keynote address. Three panels and an equity and inclusion workshop will fill the rest of the day. Lunch will be provided for a networking reception where students, advocates, and environmental law practitioners can connect over food and a shared vision for the future.

Because food will be ordered, registration is required. Donation-based tickets open to the public. Donations should be made to CLEE's gift fund, with subject line "SEEJ." MCLE credits (up to 5.75) will be available.

Sponsored by: Latham & Watkins and Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If your organization would like to sponsor this event, please contact Liz Glusman.


8:30 AM – Registration and Community Breakfast

9:00 AM – Welcome

9:10 AM – Opening Keynote: Mustafa Santiago Ali

After working 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he most recently served as Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, Mustafa discusses why he left and what the current political climate means for the environmental justice movement.

10:00 AM – Panel I: What We're Up Against

Actors in the movement share their personal and professional experiences to shed light on intersectional environmental justice issues that persist today for communities but are often less considered.

  • Tyrone B. Hayes, Professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley

  • Geneva E.B. Thompson, Staff Attorney at Wishtoyo Foundation

  • Michael P. Wilson, National Director at the BlueGreen Alliance

  • Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director at Asian Pacific Environmental Network

  • Moderator: Yana Garcia, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs at California Environmental Protection Agency

11:15 AM – Lunch Reception

12:15 PM – Workshop on Environmental Justice for All: Angela Park, Founder at Mission Critical

A dialogue on the ways in which the mainstream environmental movement can support and partner with environmental justice communities and advocates.

1:30 PM – Panel II: Roadblocks on the Path toward a Zero Emissions Future

Lawyers discuss various ways to use a law degree to support the environmental justice movement and how their roles come together to make clean energy accessible for all California communities.

  • Eddie Ahn, Executive Director at Brightline Defense; Commissioner at San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; and Commissioner at San Francisco Commission on the Environment

  • Subin DeVar, Director of the Community Renewable Energy Program at Sustainable Economies Law Center

  • Melissa Lin Perrella, Senior Director, Environmental Justice, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program at Natural Resources Defense Council

  • Moderator: Madeline Stano, Energy Equity Legal Counsel at the Greenlining Institute

2:45 PM – Coffee Break

3:15 PM – Panel III: This is the Moment of Truth

Community members, lawyers, and organizers talk about their early beginnings with environmental justice work and how students and community members can contribute to the movement right now.

  • Rey León, Mayor at the City of Huron; Founder and Executive Director at Latino Environmental Advancement & Policy Institute

  • Angela Johnson Meszaros, Managing Attorney, Community-Based Initiatives at Earthjustice

  • Camille Pannu, Director, Aoki Water Justice Clinic at UC Davis School of Law (King Hall)

  • Irene Vasquez, Master of Natural Resources Science Candidate at Humboldt State University

  • Moderator: Roger Lin, Clinical Supervising Attorney, Environmental Law Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law

4:30 PM – End of Summit

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