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CEQA and Environmental Impact Reports: 2020 Cases, Standards, Mitigation Measures, Exemptions and Lead Agencies

Current Requirements for Project Approval, Environmental Protection and Commercial Development

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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This CLE course will guide environmental counsel on recent California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) case law, policy, and practice developments. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has seen no shortage of CEQA cases in the California trial and appellate courts, with over 20 published appellate decisions to date. This panel will provide legal updates relevant to attorneys, consultants, and public agency staff.


The panelists will provide an overview of key CEQA decisions from 2020, updates on recently adopted CEQA legislation and regulatory updates, as well as an overview of pandemic-related Executive Orders and Rules of Court.

Listen as our authoritative panel of environmental attorneys explains the current interpretation and enforcement of CEQA and the status of mitigation measures and exemptions.



  1. Introduction
  2. 2020 CEQA Case Law Summary
    1. Ministerial approvals
    2. Exemptions
    3. Tiered CEQA documents
    4. Mitigation measures
    5. Statutes of limitation
    6. Certification of the administrative record
  3. Recently adopted CEQA legislation and regulatory updates
  4. COVID-19 related executive orders and Judicial Council Emergency Rules impacting CEQA practitioners


The panel will review these and other important topics:

  • Measurement of the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Certification of administrative records.
  • Assessment of traffic impacts based on the vehicle miles traveled standard.


Harris, Arielle
Arielle O. Harris

Miller Starr Regalia

Ms. Harris represents developers, landowners, and public agencies in connection with obtaining and defending land use...  |  Read More

Oehlschlager, Kathryn
Kathryn L. Oehlschlager

Downey Brand

With more than fifteen years of experience in environmental law, Ms. Oehlschlager has built a robust practice spanning...  |  Read More

Owsowitz, Sarah
Sarah E. Owsowitz

Of Counsel
Best Best & Krieger

Ms. Owsowitz’s practice focuses on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) advice and litigation, with a...  |  Read More

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