Charity Schiller is a partner in the Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP. Ms. Schiller helps public and private clients navigate through the maze of laws that apply to development projects, so that those projects can be built. Specifically, Ms. Schiller helps clients comply with all aspects of the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and related environmental laws. She has extensive experience with the preparation and certification or adoption of environmental impact reports, environmental impact statements, negative declarations, addenda, environmental assessments, and other environmental documents. She also assists clients with local agency permitting and land use entitlement issues. Further, Ms. Schiller regularly defends clients before administrative boards, trial courts, and appellate courts around the state.
Beyond her work for clients, Ms. Schiller teaches several courses in environmental law at the University of California, Riverside, and she regularly guest lectures at several other southern California universities. She regularly authors articles on the California Environmental Quality Act and other topics, and speaks at environmental law conferences and symposiums around the state. Ms. Schiller was the chair of the Riverside Downtown Partnership from 2012-2014 and enjoys working with a number of civic and philanthropic organizations.
Ms. Schiller joined the firm in 2004 and currently serves on the firm’s recruiting committee. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2000 with a degree in biochemistry. Ms. Schiller earned a graduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Riverside in 2001. She received her Juris Doctorate degree, with honors, from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2004, where she served as lead articles editor for the "Pepperdine Law Review" and was awarded for writing excellence.
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