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ELS Environmental Job Opportunities and Contacts

This list is not exhaustive, but it is a helpful start when beginning your search. Many listings have offices in other locations, in addition to the locations listed. Please share the information you find in your personal searches with ELS so we can add your information to this list to continue to help UCD graduates find fulfilling environmental opportunities.


1. PI/PS Day

Each year, OneJustice and eight Northern California law schools bring together more than 100 public interest employers and over 1,000 law students for Public Interest Public Sector Career Day. Through formal interviews and time to table talk with employers, Public Interest Public Sector Career Day (referred to as "PI/PS Day") launches the legal careers of our future public interest leaders. Check out the PI/PS Day website to find out what organizations will be participating this year.

Website: http://www.one-justice.org/pips

2. Student Contacts

Don’t be shy about contacting the ELS board or Environs staff or student contacts for any questions or advice.

3. Career Services

Check out the alumni contact information in Career Services, and feel free to make an appointment with anyone in Career Services to discuss your goals; they can help you to develop a plan for summer employment and beyond.


1. California Attorney General’s Office – Public Rights Division

The Public Rights Division includes the Environmental, Natural Resources, and Land Law Sections of the Attorney General’s Office. The Environmental Section investigates and litigates cases involving hazardous waste and hazardous substances, including air and water pollution, natural resources, and environmental issues affecting public health. The Natural Resources Section includes pollution enforcement, regulatory permit challenges, CERCLA, timber harvest plans, water rights, solid waste management, energy deregulation, the public trust doctrine, hydropower facilities re-licensing, and fire suppression cost recovery, among other issues.

Location: 1300 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 327-6761

Student Contacts:

Sacramento Office: Ronny Clausner (‘14), Stephanie Hall, 2014, Shannon Morrissey ('15), Anne Baptiste ('14), Erin Tanimura ('14), Radhika Tahiliani ('15), Justine Lee ('15), Laura Taylor ('16), Sophie Wenzlau ('17), Nick Moore ('17), Hank Crook ('16), Sean Drake ('17)

LA Office: Miles Hogan (‘12)

2. California State Water Resources Control Board

SWRCB’s mission is to establish and maintain a stable system of water rights in California to best develop, conserve, and utilize for the public interest the water resources of the State while protecting vested rights, water quality, and the environment. Internship work includes providing legal advice on water rights matters, proposed enforcement actions, and reviews of civil liability complaints. There are two divisions within the SWRCB; The Office of Chief Counsel provides legal support to the Board members, and The Office of Enforcement enforces permit violations through direct actions and develops policies and guidance.

Location: 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Student Contacts: Office of Chief Counsel: Anne Hartridge (‘99), Steve Westhoff (‘13); Office of Enforcement: Ellen Howard (‘10), Kaitlyn Kalua ('16), Abby Bloetscher ('16), Shannon Morrissey ('15), Randy Reck ('16), Sophie Wenzlau ('17)

3. California Department of Water Resources

DWR work includes legal research and writing in a variety of legal areas related to water law, natural resource law, and environmental law. Students may also attend administrative hearings when appropriate.

Location: 1416 Ninth St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Student Contacts: Steve Westhoff (‘13)

4. California Department of Fish and Game

The Department of Fish and Game maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species, and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value. This includes habitat protection and maintenance in a sufficient amount and quality to ensure the survival of all species and natural communities. Work includes California Endangered Species Act, streambed alteration, marine resources, etc.

Location: 1416 Ninth St, Sacramento, CA 95814

5. California Coastal Commission

The California Coastal Commission is a state agency charged with protecting coastal resources and managing coastal development in California. The mission of the Commission is to provide for balanced use of the coastal zone and to protect, restore, and enhance coastal and marine resources for the continuing benefit of current and future generations. There are seven districts throughout California. The home office is located in San Francisco.

Location: 45 Freemont Street, San Francisco, CA

Student Contacts: Sean Drake ('17), Victoria Bogdan-Tejeda ('17)

6. California Environmental Protection Agency – Office of the Secretary

The California Environmental Protection Agency is charged with developing, implementing, and enforcing the state's environmental protection laws that ensure clean air, clean water, clean soil, safe pesticides, and waste recycling and reduction. CAL EPA’s departments are at the forefront of environmental science, using cutting-edge research to shape the state's environmental laws.

Location: 1001 I Street, P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, CA 95814

7. Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

OEHHA is a small state office within the California Environmental Protection Agency. Staff primarily is comprised of scientists, medical, and public health professionals. The primary legal duties are research and writing on civil, administrative, and technical areas of the laws relating to environmental risks. The majority of the work is done in the area of "Proposition 65."

Location: 1001 I Street, 23rd Floor Sacramento, CA 95814

8. California Natural Resources Agency – Legal Section

The Resources Agency’s mission is to restore, protect, and manage the state's natural, historical, and cultural resources for current and future generations using creative approaches and solutions based on science, collaboration, and respect for all the communities and interests involved.

Location: 1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311, Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 653-5656

9. California Air Resources Board (CARB)

The California Air Resources Board is a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, an organization which reports directly to the Governor's Office in the Executive Branch of California State Government. Its mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state.

Location: 1001 I St., Sacramento, CA 95812.

Student contact: Michael Murza (‘13), Sophie Tornatore ('15), Laura Taylor ('16), Anne Badasci ('17)

10. California District Attorneys Association

The California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) was incorporated in 1974 to serve the needs and promote the interests of California's prosecutors. It conducts numerous statewide training conferences and provides legislative advocacy at the Capitol for the district attorneys from California's 58 counties. The Environmental Circuit Prosecutor Project of CDAA provides deputy district attorneys to California’s rural counties that otherwise would not be able to prosecute environmental crimes to the extent such prosecutions are needed.

Location: 921 11th Street, Ste. 300, Sacramento, CA 95814

Student Contact: Justin Lee ('15)

10. California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. It was created by the Legislature in 1974 and is located in Sacramento. With energy challenges facing the state, the Commission and its dedicated staff of state employees stand ready to turn challenges into opportunities and help Californians continue to have energy choices that are affordable, reliable, diverse, safe, and environmentally acceptable. The Energy Commission works with its sister agencies to set California's climate change policies and regulations.

Location: 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Student Contacts: Lyndsay Fritz (‘12), Nick Warden (‘12), Radhika Tahiliani ('15), Linda Sobczynski, ('15), Sophia Tornatore ('15), Collin Chandler ('17)

11. California Legislature

Internships are sometimes available in Legislator’s offices or on Legislative Committees. Past legal interns have worked with Senator Wolk’s legislative consultant for natural resources and energy. Work includes collaboration with legislator's staff, lobbyists, and other public entities (e.g. PUC, Legislative Counsel) to draft and amend the energy legislation, preparation for committee hearings, attending floor sessions in both Houses, and keeping the Senator apprised of the latest information on the Delta and BDCP. Most Legislator’s offices do not advertise or promote having interns, but will take one if someone shows interest and is interviewed. We recommend that students contact past interns prior to applying.

Senator Lois Wolk’s Office:

Student Contacts: Courtney Taylor (‘13) State Assembly Natural Resources Committee; Lynn Kirshbaum (‘13)

12. California Department of Toxic Substance Control

DTSC’s mission is to protect California's people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances through the restoration of contaminated resources, enforcement, regulation, and pollution prevention.

Location: 1001 I Street, P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, CA 95814

Student Contact: Michael Murza (‘13)

13. California Governor’s Office of Planning & Research

OPR serves the Governor and his Cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research, and constitutes the comprehensive state planning agency. Internship work includes drafting and revising updates to California’s environmental regulations, to meet California’s long term goals, and researching and writing memoranda on California land use issues.

Location: 1400 Tenth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Student Contact: Michael Profant (‘14), Kaitlyn Kalua ('16), Olivia Filbrandt ('17), Jessica Schroeder ('15), Janelle Krattiger ('14), Chris Calfee ('01)

14. California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

CalRecycle protects the environment and preserves resources by empowering Californians to reduce, reuse, and recycle. CalRecycle plays an important role in the stewardship of California's vast resources, and promotes innovation in technology to encourage economic and environmental sustainability. CalRecycle prefers 2L or 3L interns and asks that you apply through the OCI process rather than sending them applications directly.

Location: 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

15. California Department of Pesticide Regulation

California DPR’s mission is to protect human health and the environment by regulating pesticide sales and use, and by fostering reduced-risk pest management. DPR monitors the environment to determine the fate of pesticides, protecting the public and the environment from pesticide contamination through analyzing hazards and developing pollution prevention strategies.

Location: 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

16. California State Lands Commission

The staff of the California State Lands Commission serves the people of California by providing stewardship of the lands, waterways, and resources entrusted to its care through economic development, protection, preservation, and restoration.

Location: 100 Howe Avenue. Suite 100 South, Sacramento CA 95825

Student Contact: Sophie Wenzlau ('16)

17. California State Parks Legal Office

The Legal Office of the Department of Parks and Recreation provides legal services in support of the operation and management of the State Park System, the Office of Historic Preservation, the Division of Boating and Waterways, and the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Resources Division. The Department's mission is to provide high quality recreation to the citizens of California and protect and preserve the natural resources entrusted to it. Issues include general environmental law, state public contracting, state/public real property, law enforcement, administrative rulemaking, insurance and risk management, Native American law, intellectual property, and litigation in the areas listed, as well as personal injury and property damage claims.

Location: The Natural Resources Building - 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Alumni Contact: Rory Allen ('11) Rory.Allen@parks.ca.gov

18. California Independent Systems Operator (CalISO)

The California ISO provides open and non-discriminatory access to the bulk of the state’s wholesale transmission grid, supported by a competitive energy market and comprehensive infrastructure planning efforts.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 639014, Folsom, CA 95763-9014

Telephone: (916) 351-4400

Student Contact: Nick Warden (‘12), Laura Flynn ('16)


1. U.S. Department of Justice – Environment and Natural Resources Division

The Environment and Natural Resources Division of the DOJ litigates in five key areas: pollution, lands and natural resources, wildlife, Indian resources, and land acquisition. Attorneys represent many federal agencies by preparing and arguing civil and criminal enforcement cases and appeals, and by defending challenged federal agency actions arising from well over 100 federal environmental laws. Cases are at the cutting edge of environmental protection.

There are offices in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, Denver, San Francisco, Anchorage, Boston, and Seattle. Applicants for academic year internships should contact the Sacramento Field Office directly. Applicants for summer internships MUST send their materials to D.C. (central coordination through D.C. headquarters for summer law clerk positions).

Sacramento Field Office Location: 501 I Street, Suite 9-700, Sacramento, CA 95814-2322

Washington D.C. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7611, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044-7611

Student Contact: Drew Saruwatari (‘12), Laura Flynn ('16)

2. U.S. Dept. of the Interior – Office of the Regional Solicitor

The Office of the Solicitor provides legal advice to the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey. The office deals with issues that involve the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Park Service Organic Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and other environmental laws.

Location: 333 Bush St., Suite 775, San Francisco, CA 94104

3. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 9

The Environmental Protection Agency prepares administrative, judicial, and criminal cases against violators of environmental laws. Most enforcement cases are resolved through negotiation and concluded by issuance of judicial consent decrees or administrative orders. Other responsibilities include counseling with EPA staff on a wide variety of legal matters, drafting federal rules, defending the region as necessary, and participating in public outreach efforts. EPA has regional offices throughout the country and is headquartered in Washington DC. Region 9, headquartered in San Francisco, serves Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and over 140 Tribal Nations.

San Francisco Office Location: 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105

Student Contact: Lynn Kirshbaum, ('13)

4. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers – Sacramento Office

The Corps responds to emergencies and natural disasters, and administers the Army’s permitting responsibilities under the Clean Water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, to protect and conserve the nation’s water resources. The Corps also designs and manages the construction of military facilities.

Location: 1325 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

5. Department of Energy – Office of the General Counsel

The Department’s four principle programs are designed to enhance national security, increase production of domestic energy and renewable/alternative energy, safely dispose of radioactive wastes, and sponsor science and technology research to revolutionize how energy is found, produced, and delivered.

Washington D.C. Location: 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20585

6. Council on Environmental Quality

Law clerks are supervised by CEQ's Office of General Counsel, and provide critical research and writing assistance to both legal and policy staff on a variety of matters pertinent to CEQ's functions, including oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Through CEQ's participation in policy processes across the federal government, clerks have the opportunity to draft memoranda on environment, energy, resources, and general law issues, track Federal agency actions on environmental issues, attend interagency working group meetings, and assist with responses to Freedom of Information Act requests and other inquiries regarding CEQ's activities.

Internship Application Information: www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/internships/ceq-legal-internships

7. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. FERC also regulates natural gas and hydropower project.

Washington D.C. Location: 888 First Street, NE , Washington, DC 20426


1. Sierra Club Environmental Law Program

The Sierra Club Environmental Law Program hires law students interested in public interest and environmental litigation to assist with strategic lawsuits. During the course of the program, students typically work with several of the Club’s attorneys, thus gaining exposure to a wide range of litigation styles. The internship program also includes informal discussions on various environmental litigation topics.

San Francisco Location: 85 Second Street, Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-3441

Student Contacts: Pearl Kan (‘13), Annie Batanides (‘14), Justin Lee ('15)

2. Planning and Conservation League

Work includes lobbying on environmental legislation, bill analysis, attending State Assembly and Senate committee hearings, researching policy issues, and possibly issue-specific organizing with outside agencies and stakeholders.

Location: 1107 9th Street, Suite #360, Sacramento, CA 95814

Student Contact: Stephanie Hall (‘14)

Notes: There is also a Planning and Conservation League Foundation, which is more of a research and policy institute.

3. Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment

Non-profit organization whose approach to providing technical and legal assistance to grassroots groups attacks head-on the disproportionate burden of pollution and environmental hazards borne by impoverished and minority communities in rural California.

San Francisco Location: 450 Geary St, Ste 500, San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction. Legal interns are likely to work on projects concerning ocean protection, climate change, public lands, and urban wildlands. Legal interns will assist with the preparation of litigation aimed at protecting imperiled species and habitat. CBD participates in PI/PS Day.

San Francisco Location: 351 California St., Ste. 600, San Francisco, CA 94104

Submit Internship Applications to sfinternship@biologicaldiversity.org

Student Contact: David Green (‘12), Meredith Hankins ('16), Linda Sobcyznski ('15), Victoria Bogdan-Tejeda ('17)

5. Earthjustice

Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.

San Francisco Location: 426 17th Street, 6th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612-2820

Telephone: (510) 550-6700

Student Contact: David Green (‘12), Annie Batanides, ('14)

6. Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth.

San Francisco Location: 111 Sutter St., 20th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104

Telephone: (415) 875-6100

Student Contacts: Meredith Hankins ('16), Laura Flynn ('16), Linda Sobczynski ('15), Sean Drake ('17)

7. Trust for Public Land

A land conservation and open space resource for landowners, government agencies, and community groups interested in protecting land for human enjoyment. They prefer applicants send paper applications.

National Office: 116 New Montgomery Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105; Telephone - (415) 495-4014

Sacramento Office: 1107 9th Street, Suite 1050, Sacramento, CA 95814; Telephone - (916) 557-1673

8. Environmental Law Foundation

ELF's purpose is to improve environmental quality for those most at risk by providing access to information, strategies, and enforcement of environmental, toxics, and community right-to-know laws. ELF complements the approach of other environmental law groups by enforcing existing environmental regulations, providing a bridge of direct service to people in need, and serving as the critical link between at-risk communities and the legal, scientific, financial, and other resources they need to effectively address environmental problems.

Location: 1736 Franklin Street, 9th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612

Telephone: (510) 208-4555

9. Environmental Defense Fund

“We start with rigorous science. Then we work directly with businesses, government and communities. Together, we create lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems."

Location: 1107 9th Street, Suite 540, Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 492-7070

Student contact: Pearl Kan (‘13), Michael Murza (‘13)

10. Environmental Law Institute

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is an internationally recognized independent research and education center that strengthens environmental protection by improving law and governance. The target audiences for research and publications include legal practitioners, business leaders, land managers, land use planners, environmentalists, journalists, and lawmakers. Emphasis on both national and international environmental law and policy work.

Location: 2000 L Street, NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20036

Telelphone: (202) 939-3800

11. Center for Food Safety

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy membership organization established in 1997 by its sister organization, International Center for Technology Assessment, for the purpose of challenging harmful food production technologies and promoting sustainable alternatives. CFS combines multiple tools and strategies in pursuing its goals, including litigation and legal petitions for rulemaking, legal support for various sustainable agriculture and food safety constituencies, as well as public education, grassroots organizing and media outreach.

West Coast Office: 2601 Mission Street, Suite 803, San Francisco, CA 94110

Telephone: (415) 826-2770

12. Natural Heritage Institute

NHI is a non-governmental non-profit organization founded in 1989 by a group of experienced conservation lawyers and scientists. NHI's core mission is to restore and protect the natural functions that support water-dependent ecosystems and the services they provide to sustain and enrich human life.

Location: 100 Pine St., Suite 1550, San Francisco, CA 94111

Telephone: (415) 693-3000

13. The Ocean Conservancy

The Ocean Conservancy's 35-year legacy continues today as the non-profit translate threats into sound, practical policies that protect our ocean and improve our lives. The Ocean Conservancy looks for interns to help continue to create concrete solutions that lead to lasting change — so we can all experience the ocean for generations to come.

Location: 1300 19th Street, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20036d

Student Contact: Kaitlyn Kalua ('16)

14. Communities for a Better Environment

Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) is a social justice organization with a focus on environmental health and justice. It organizes events in working class communities of color, because those communities suffer the most from environmental pollution and toxics. The group provides community residents who want to challenge corporate polluters with organizing help, scientific and policy research, and legal assistance. The focus of the work is to help community members identify their own problems, and define their own campaigns and solutions.

Oakland Location: 1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600, Oakland, CA 94612

Student Contact: Naomi Kaplowitz (‘12)

15. Animal Legal Defense Fund

For more than three decades, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 100,000 members.

Location: 170 East Cotati Avenue, Cotati, CA 94931

16. San Francisco Baykeeper

Founded in 1989, Baykeeper works to reverse the environmental degradation of the past and promote new strategies and policies to protect the water quality of the San Francisco Bay. For nearly two decades, Baykeeper and its Deltakeeper project have been the premiere watchdog of the water quality of the vast San Francisco Bay-Delta watershed.

Location: 785 Market Street, Suite 850, San Francisco, CA 94103

Telephone: (415) 856-0444

17. Sierra Fund

The Sierra Fund was established in 2001 as the only community foundation dedicated exclusively to saving the Sierra Nevada. The mission is to protect and preserve the Sierra for all who love it and who depend on its abundant resources. Sierra Fund does this by partnering with public donors and private agencies to increase and organize conservation investments in the land, air, water and human resources of the Sierra Nevada.

Location: 432 Broad Street, Nevada City, California 95959

Telephone: (530) 265-8454

Student Contact: Jennifer Tamura (‘12)

18. California Farm Bureau Federation

The California Farm Bureau Federation is a non-governmental, non-profit, voluntary membership California corporation whose purpose is to protect and promote agricultural interests throughout the state of California and to find solutions to the problems of the farm, the farm home, and the rural community. Farm Bureau is California's largest farm organization, comprised of 53 county Farm Bureaus currently representing approximately 85,000 members in 56 counties. Farm Bureau strives to protect and improve the ability of farmers and ranchers engaged in production agriculture to provide a reliable supply of food and fiber through responsible stewardship of California's resources.

Location: 2300 River Plaza Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone: (916) 561-5665

Student Contact: Courtney Taylor (‘13)

20. Delta Stewardship Council

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)

Location: 980 Ninth Street, Suite 1500, Sacramento, CA 95814

Student contact: Kurtis Keller (‘12)

21. SF Bay Conservation & Development Commission

BCDC is the federally-designated state coastal management agency for the San Francisco Bay segment of the California coastal zone. This designation empowers the Commission to use the authority of the federal Coastal Zone Management Act to ensure that federal projects and activities are consistent with the policies of the Bay Plan and state law.

San Francisco Location: 50 California Street, Suite 2600, San Francisco, CA 94111

Telephone: (415) 352-3655

22. Friends of the River

Friends of the River is a statewide river conservation organization. FOR is nationally recognized as an authority on the adverse impacts of dams on rivers and ecosystems. FOR’s mission is to protect and restore California’s rivers by influencing public policy and inspiring citizen action.

Location: 1418 20th St # A Sacramento, CA 95811

Student Contact: Andrew Day (‘14), Ara Karamian ('16), Bill Foster ('17), Dan Quinley ('16), Abby Bloetscher ('16)

23. Tri-Valley CAREs

Tri-Valley CAREs works to strengthen global security by stopping the development of new nuclear weapons in the US and promoting the elimination of nuclear weapons globally. Tri-Valley CAREs monitors nuclear weapons and environmental clean-up activities throughout the US nuclear weapons complex, with a special focus on Livermore Lab and the surrounding communities.

Location: 2582 Old 1st Street Livermore, CA 94551

Student Contact: Annie Batanides (‘14)

24. Center for Ocean Solutions

Working in partnership with Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment and Hopkins Marine Station, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the Center for Ocean Solutions serves as a boundary organization to solve the major problems facing the ocean and to prepare current and future leaders to address and solve these challenges. The Center's work focuses on three areas: climate change, land-sea interactions, and ecosystem health.

Location: 99 Pacific Street, Suite 555EMonterey, CA 93940

Telephone: 831-333-2077

Student Contact: Kaitlyn Kalua ('16)

25. Surfrider Foundation

Since its inception in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

Location: 942 Calle Negocio, Suite 350San Clemente, CA 92673

Telephone: (949) 492-8170

Student Contact: Ian Cecere ('16)


1. Somach, Simmons, and Dunn

Private law firm solving complex natural resources, water, land use and environmental problems nationwide.

Location: 500 Capitol Mall, Suite 1000, Sacramento, CA 95814

Alumni Contact: Nicholas A. Jacobs (’00), Laura Taylor ('16)

3. Law Office of Don Mooney

Private law firm specializing in environmental law. Work includes legal research into state water law, public trust doctrine, the adjudication of water rights, and more.

Location: 129 C St, Ste 2, Davis, CA 95616

Telephone: (530) 758-2377

4. Remy, Moose & Manley

Remy, Moose & Manley represents a wide array of public and private sector clients in litigation and consulting. A substantial portion of the firm’s practice involves the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Location: 455 Capitol Mall, Suite 210. Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 443-2745

Alumni Contact: Chip Wilkins (’99), Anne Baptiste ('14)

5. Stoel Rives

Stoel Rives has a broad-based environmental law practice, which includes air quality, water quality and water rights, occupational safety and health, toxic torts, renewable energy, hydroelectric projects, Superfund sites and underground storage tanks, and issues under the Endangered Species Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Location: 980 9th Street, Suite 1900, Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 447-0700

Alumni Contact: Kristen Castanos (’98), Parissa Ebrahimzadeh (‘12), Shannon Morrissey ('15)

6. Resources Law Group

Resources Law Group offers strategic expertise in designing and implementing programs to conserve natural resources, creating innovative opportunities for effective conservation philanthropy, crafting and executing real estate transactions, and advising clients on land use and natural resources law and policy.

Location: 555 Capital Mall, Suite 650, Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 442-4880

7. Downey Brand

Downey Brand's environmental practice includes air, water, and solid and hazardous waste regulation and permitting. Downey Brand has a large water law practice.

Location: 621 Capitol Mall, 18th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 444-1000

8. Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP is a law firm specializing in government, land use, natural resource and environmental law. Offers law student semester and summer externships and a two-year fellowship for graduates.

Location: 396 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Student Contact: Meredith Hankins ('16)

9. Best Best & Krieger

Best Best & Krieger LLP is a full-service law firm with an Environmental and Natural Resources practice section.

Location: 500 Capitol Mall Suite 1700, Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 325-4000

Alumni Contact: Kara Ueda (’00)

10. Neumiller & Beardslee

Neumiller & Beardslee’s major practice areas are business law (including healthcare), real estate and land use, litigation, public and environmental law, and probate and estate planning. The public and environmental law sections advise public agency clients and private individuals concerning environmental regulation as well as the use and management of land, water, minerals, and other resources. The firm devotes considerable time to toxicity problems, including waste disposal, pure food and drug problems, hazardous waste problems, and air and water quality work.

Location: 509 W. Weber Avenue, 5th Floor, Stockton, CA 95203

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20, Stockton, CA 95201-3020

Student Contact: Kurtis Keller (‘12)

11. Bartkiewicz, Kronick & Shanahan

Sacramento law firm that specializes in representing local agencies and private clients on matters concerning water resource, land use, governmental, and related issues.

Location: 1011 22nd Street, Sacramento, CA 95816-4907

Telephone: (916) 446-4254

Alumni Contact: Joshua Horowitz (’96), Nick Warden (‘12)

12. Lippe Gaffney Wagner

Lippe Gaffney Wagner LLP is dedicated to protecting the environment and ensuring open access to government. It focuses on litigation, primarily representing public interest organizations and concerned citizens, in both state and federal courts. It also advises clients in the development of environmental policy and drafting environmental legislation.

Location: 9333 Sparks Way, Sacramento, CA 95827

Alumni Contact: Keith Wagner (’00)

13. Herum Crabtree Suntag

Herum Crabtree Suntag's practice areas reflect the growing and dynamic regional economy. Attorneys are recognized regionally and state-wide for their expertise in such diverse areas as land use, water, real estate, complex business litigation, sophisticated business formation, and transactions and environmental law.

Location: 5757 Pacific Avenue, Ste 222, Stockton, CA 95207

Alumni Contact: Jennifer Spaletta (’98), Janelle Krattiger ('14)

14. Cota Cole

Cota Cole LLP attorneys advise and represent clients in matters involving litigation (including collections and employment law), municipal law, environmental law (including agricultural law), and estate planning. They represent both public and private clients, and have practiced in courtrooms and board chambers and before administrative agencies throughout the state.

Location: 2261 Lava Ridge Court, Roseville, CA 95661

Telephone: (916) 780-9009

15. Ellison, Schneider & Harris

Ellison, Schneider & Harris specializes in addressing energy, water, land use and environmental matters. Ellison, Schneider & Harris has significant expertise in representation before energy, water, and environmental administrative agencies, project permitting, environmental compliance, business transactions and contracts, client counseling, negotiation, legislative advocacy, arbitration, mediation, and litigation.

Location: 2600 Capitol Avenue, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95816-5905

16. Pioneer Law Group

Pioneer Law Group, LLP is a specialty law firm that focuses on all aspects of resource and property development, including real estate, mining, CEQA, energy, and litigation.

Location: 431 I Street #201, Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 496-8500

Alumni Contact: Andrea Matarazzo (’95)

17. Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson

Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson LLP specializes in mining law, natural resources development and land use. It values attorneys who are writers, speakers, and experienced practitioners in the natural resources field. Practice areas extend across the western United States.

Location: 980 9th Street, Suite 1400, Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 382-4377

18. Abbott & Kindermann

Abbott & Kindermann LLP provides a broad spectrum of legal services to private and public clients in all aspects of land use, environmental, real estate, and business law. The firm is located in Sacramento and serves clients throughout the Northern and Central California region.

Location: 2100 21st St #A, Sacramento, CA 95818

Telephone: (916) 456-9595

19. Thomas Law Group

Thomas Law Group’s key practice areas include: Environmental Review, including the California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act, Land Use & Permitting, Wildlife, Wetlands & Natural Resources Law, Air Quality Law, Water Quality, Water Supplies & Permitting Laws, and Energy & Utility Law.

Location: 455 Capitol Mall, Suite 801, Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 287-9292

Student Contact: Holly McMannes ('14), Ara Karamian ('16)

20. Soluri Meserve

Soluri Messerve is a small environmental firm located in Sacramento.

Location: 101 F Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 455-7300

Student Contact: Andrew Day (‘14)

21. Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo

Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo is a law firm providing a unique combination of experience in environmental, natural resources, energy, utility, land use, local government, building and construction and labor law.

Location: 520 Capitol Mall, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 444-6201

22. Fredericks Peebles & Morgan

Fredericks Peebles & Morgan is dedicated to representation of American Indian tribes and organizations throughout the United States. Our firm goes beyond basic legal services to include legislative and governmental issues, corporate and financial affairs, energy and tax issues, as well as litigation.

Location: (Sacramento Office) 2020 L Street, Suite 250 Sacramento, CA 95811

Telephone: 916-441-2700

Student Contact: Sophia Tornatore ('15)

23. Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster is a large, San-Francisco based firm with a variety of practice areas, including environmental law. They have taken summer associates from King Hall, and recently hired a summer associate from King Hall as a first-year associate. The firm strives to be an extremely well-balanced law firm, providing a broad range of services. These include litigation, financial services, intellectual property and technology, and transactional work, such as corporate, capital markets and real estate finance representations.

Location: (San Francisco Office) 425 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94105-2482

Telephone: 415) 268-7000

Student Contact: Kelly Obranowicz ('15)


1. City of San Francisco

Interns assist Deputy City Attorneys in drafting statutes and regulations, reviewing contracts, representing the City in court and before administrative agencies and advising the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and various agencies and departments of the City. Great 1L summer internship, especially if you do not have an environmental background. Work may include environmental and land use issues and can help get you in the door to the environmental world.

Location: City Hall, Room 234, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102

Internship Application Information: http://www.sfcityattorney.org/index.aspx?page=16

2. Sacramento County District Attorney

Sacramento County District Attorney is committed to providing the highest level of public protection in Sacramento County, both in the courtroom and in our community. This office prosecutes cases brought to us by almost 40 state federal and local agencies, with the Sacramento Sheriff's Department and Sacramento Police Department accounting for the great majority of these cases.

The Consumer and Environmental Protection Division (CEPD) is comprised of a consumer and an environmental unit. The Environmental Unit uses a combination of civil and criminal prosecution to enforce the laws that prohibit the illegal disposal of hazardous wastes and other pollutants onto public or private property and into the air and waterways.

Location: 901 G Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 874-6174

Internship Application Information: http://www.sacda.org/office/Employment/interns.php

Student contact: Nick Warden (’12)


Research Assistant for Professor Lin, Research Assistant for Professor Frank

Professor Frank - Student contacts: Steven Westhoff (’13), Anne Baptiste ('14), Hayes Hayde ('15), Meredith Hankins ('16)

Professor Lin - Student contact: Erin Tanimura ('14)