Best Best & Krieger News Feed Best and Krieger is a Full Service Law Firmen-us26 May 2016 00:00:00 -0800firmwise Groundwater in a Time of Increasing Demand and Changing Climate Best &amp; Krieger LLP Managing Partner Eric Garner will speak on &quot;Managing Groundwater in a Time of Increasing Demand and Changing Climate,&quot; during the Water Education Foundation's &quot;Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science &amp; Policy.&quot;<br /> <br /> <strong>When</strong><br /> Friday, June 30<br /> 10 a.m. - Noon<br /> <br /> <strong>Where<br /> </strong>Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport<br /> 1333 Old Bayshore Hwy.<strong><br /> </strong> Burlingame, CA 94010<strong><br /> <br /> </strong>For more information or to register, <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here.</span></a><strong><br /> <br /> </strong><br />Conferences & Speaking Engagements30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0800 and CEQA: New Rules for Tribal Consultation Under AB 52<br /> Best Best and Krieger LLP Of Counsel and Program Co-Chair Sarah Owsowitz and Katy Wisinski are among the presenters at Law Seminar International's one-day seminar titled &ldquo;Tribes and CEQA: New Rules for Tribal Consultation Under AB 52.&rdquo;<br /> <p><strong>BB&amp;K Speakers</strong></p> <p><u>Sarah Owsowitz</u><br /> 8:30 a.m., &ldquo;Introduction and Overview&rdquo;<br /> <br /> 10:30 a.m., &quot;Changes Brought About by AB 52&quot;<br /> <br /> 3 p.m., &quot;Wrap up Discussion on Laying the Foundation for Productive Consultation: What Developers, Lead Agencies, and Tribes Need to Know About Each Other's Processes, Needs and Objectives&quot;</p> <p><u>Katy Wisinski</u><br /> 1:15 p.m., &quot;Structuring Government-to-Government Consultation, Including Tips for Designing Consultation Structures to Maintain the Confidentiality of Communications&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>When</strong><br /> Monday, June 20<br /> 8 a.m. &ndash; 5 p.m.</p> <p><b>Where<br /> </b>Morongo Casino Resort &amp; Spa<br /> 49500 Seminole Dr. <br /> Cabazon, CA 92230</p> <p>For more information or to register, <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here</span></a>.</p> <br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" />Conferences & Speaking Engagements20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0800 Local Groundwater Storage Potential Best &amp; Krieger LLP Managing Partner Eric Garner will speak on two panels during the UCLA Water Resource Group's LA's Future Workshop &quot;Understanding Local Groundwater Storage Potential.&quot;<br /> <br /> 9:15 a.m.: &quot;Water Rights in Adjudicated and Unadjudicated Basins in the Los Angeles County: History, Current Status, Implications for Stormwater Capture and Storage, and Legal Solutions.&quot; During this panel, Eric will discuss increasing stormwater incentives for non&ndash;rights holders in adjudicated basins, and in unadjudicated basins subject to SGMA: What are the legal avenues for stormwater agencies and groundwater basin managers to do this?<br /> <br /> 2:55 p.m.: &quot;Increasing Conjunctive Use and Storage through More Stormwater Capture: Panel and Audience Discussions.&quot; As a panelist, Eric will touch on how we can improve the incentives for stormwater capture and storage in groundwater basins. How much can we increase sustainable yield through this approach? <br /> <br /> <strong>When</strong><br /> Wednesday, June 15<br /> <br /> <strong>Where<br /> </strong>UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs<br /> 3250 Public Affairs Building <br /> Room 2355<br /> Los Angeles, CA 90095<br /> <br /> For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here</span></a>.<br /> <br />Conferences & Speaking Engagements15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0800 Cars and Local Agencies — Don't Get Left in the Rear View Mirror<p>The excitement for autonomous vehicles is real and deserving. However, existing laws and regulations (from vehicles codes to federal safety regulations) do not exactly accommodate this technology&hellip; yet. Community planning, transportation networks, infrastructure, economic development initiatives, public safety and revenue will all be dramatically impacted.</p> <p>During this BB&amp;K-sponsored webinar, speakers will discuss the promise and challenges presented by autonomous vehicles, and what steps must be taken now at the local and regional level to take advantage of the opportunities presented by AVs &mdash; and to protect against the potential legal, economic and social issues raised by its deployment. Speakers will also provide background on the roll-out of this technology and regulatory insight on what is occurring at the federal, state and local level, including how agencies can ensure their concerns and needs are included in any future rulemakings and Congressional legislation.</p> <p><b>Speakers</b></p> <ul> <li>BB&amp;K Of Counsel Gregory Rodriguez</li> <li>Transpogroup XXX Ryan Snyder</li> <li>Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch</li> </ul> <p><b>Who Should Attend</b></p> <ul> <li>Local government officials</li> <li>Local/regional transportation agency officials</li> <li>Representatives of regional councils of government</li> <li>Planners</li> <li>Local government and agency employees responsible for economic development, transportation and infrastructure</li> </ul> <p><b>When</b><br /> Tuesday, June 14<br /> 11 a.m. PST<br /> <br /> To register for this webinar, click here.</p>Seminars and Webinars14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0800 Water Law & Policy<p>BB&amp;K will co-sponsor this two-day conference featuring Partner Steve Anderson as co-chair and Partner Jeffrey V. Dunn as a presenter. El Ni&ntilde;o has brought a sigh of relief to water suppliers and agencies tasked with overseeing California&rsquo;s water systems. But the drought isn&rsquo;t over for everyone, and the vagaries brought on by a changing climate add to water supply uncertainty. If the past several years have taught us anything, it&rsquo;s that long-term water planning is crucial to survive the feast-or-famine nature of California&rsquo;s water supply.<br /> <br /> The conference will focus on long-term water supply issues facing the state:</p> <ul> <li>how state and federal agencies are planning future management decisions;</li> <li>the limits of State Water Resources Control Board authority during droughts;</li> <li>developments with the Cal WaterFix project;</li> <li>water transfers as a means of coping with unpredictable supplies; and</li> <li>big questions related to reforming California&rsquo;s water law system.</li> </ul> <p>MCLE credit is available.</p> <p><b>BB&amp;K Speakers</b><br /> Steve Anderson: &ldquo;Conference Overview with Critical Detail&rdquo;<br /> Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14<br /> 7:30 a.m.</p> <p>Jeffrey V. Dunn: &ldquo;The Antelope Valley Adjudication: Lessons Learned&rdquo;<br /> Tuesday, June 14<br /> 2:15 p.m.</p> <p><b>When</b><br /> Monday, June 13 &ndash; Tuesday, June 14</p> <p><b>Location</b><br /> Hotel Nikko<br /> 222 Mason St.<br /> San Francisco, CA 94102</p> <p>For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href="/88E17A/assets/files/Documents/2016CWLbrochure.pdf"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here.</span></a></p>Conferences & Speaking Engagements13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0800 Under the Microscope. Now What? Best &amp; Krieger LLP Partner Jared Goldman will present &quot;Audit: Under the Microscope. Now What?&quot; during Infragard's &quot;Health Care Cybersecurity Symposium.&quot;<br /> <br /> Jared's presentation will discuss:<br /> <ul> <li>How do you respond when your organization receives a notice of an impending HIPAA audit from the Office of Civil Rights?</li> <li>How do you survive the audit? Preparation is key and this symposium will prepare you and your organization for the auditor and their questions.</li> <li>How to mobilize your team to pass scrutiny, from policy review and data collection to educating staff on relevant information and compliance measurement standards.</li> </ul> <strong>When</strong><strong><br /> </strong>Wednesday, June 8<br /> 10 -11 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Where</strong><br /> University of Phoenix<br /> Sacramento Valley Campus<br /> 2860 Gateway Oaks Dr. <br /> Sacramento, CA <br /> <br /> For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here</span></a>.<br type="_moz" />Conferences & Speaking Engagements08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0800 Groundwater in California<p>&nbsp;<br /> Best Best and Krieger LLP Of Counsel Roderick Walston and Program Co-Chair Deborah Wordham are among the presenters at this two-day seminar titled &ldquo;Sustainable Groundwater in California.&rdquo; California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is in full swing. For the first time in the state's history, SGMA requires local agencies to develop and implement plans to achieve sustainable groundwater management for basins designated as medium or high priority by the California Department of Water Resources. This seminar brings together industry experts, leading attorneys and agency officials for a two-day conference regarding the mechanics and implications of SGMA.</p> <p><strong>BB&amp;K Speakers</strong></p> <p><u>Deborah Wordham</u><br /> Thursday, June 6<br /> 8:30 a.m., &ldquo;Introduction and Overview&rdquo;</p> <p><u>Roderick Walston</u><strong><br /> </strong>Thursday, June 6<br /> 1:15 p.m., &ldquo;The Public Trust Doctrine as a Limit on Use&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>When</strong><br /> June 6-7, 2016<br /> 8 a.m. &ndash; 5 p.m.</p> <p><b>Where<br /> </b>Courtyard Marriott Sacramento Midtown<br /> 4422 Y St.<br /> Sacramento, CA 95817</p> <p>For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here</span></a>.</p>Conferences & Speaking Engagements06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0800 Species: Big Picture Overview Best &amp; Krieger LLP Partner Steve Anderson will present &quot;Endangered Species: Big Picture Overview,&quot; during Law Seminars International's conference &quot;Endangered Species in California.&quot;<br /> <br /> Steve's presentation will provide an overview of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), the major pieces, how they fit together and how they work with California state law.<br /> <br /> <strong>When</strong><br /> Thursday, June 2<br /> 8:45 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Where<br /> </strong>Courtyard Long Beach Downtown<br /> 500 E. 1st St.<br /> Long Beach, CA 90802<br /> <br /> For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here</span></a>.<br /> <br type="_moz" />Conferences & Speaking Engagements02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0800 Secures Nonprofit Status of Group Working in Haiti<p>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP obtained 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for pro bono client, Asosyasyon Peyzan Fondwa USA Foundation (dba APF-USA Foundation, Inc.), an advocacy group committed to helping a community of Haitians. Securing the status from the IRS is a critical step in the nonprofit&rsquo;s mission to raise funds &mdash; as it can now qualify contributions as tax-free even though the money will be used to make development grants to foreign activities.</p> <p>APF&ndash;USA Foundation supports the work of Father Joseph Philippe in the Fondwa Region of Haiti. Fr. Joseph&rsquo;s work is a remarkable story of imagination, resilience and successful &nbsp;sustainable grassroots development in Haiti. His work is the subject of a full-length documentary film scheduled for release in October. The film will be featured at the Caribbean Film Festival, which is sponsored by the American Film Institute, on June 11 at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD. &nbsp;<a href=";" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">You can view the film trailer here.</span></a></p> <p>BB&amp;K accepted APF-USA Foundation as a pro bono client in 2014. Since then, we have reorganized them into a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation, revised their Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and organizational policies to come into strict compliance with District of Columbia and IRS requirements. We submitted their application for 501(c)(3) status for the purpose of supporting charitable works in Fondwa.&nbsp;</p> <p>The firm is continuing to serve as the Foundation&rsquo;s general counsel and assisting with various fundraising events and planning.</p>Client Successes25 May 2016 00:00:00 -0800 Michelle Ouellette Honored with Prestigious ATHENA of Riverside Award<p><b>For Immediate Release: April 24, 2016</b><br /> <b>Media Contact: Denise Nix &bull; 213.787.2552 &bull; </b><a href=""><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"><b> </b></span></a></p> <p><b>RIVERSIDE, Calif. &ndash; </b>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP Partner Michelle Ouellette was honored last week with the ATHENA of Riverside Award, given to her by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce for her professional achievements and dedication to the community and the women in it. At a lunch reception Friday at the Mission Inn, Ouellette said receiving the Award was one of the &ldquo;high points&rdquo; of her career, adding that it was especially meaningful because it focuses on the development and promotion of women.</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s no question that we&rsquo;ve made unprecedented strides in professional achievements,&rdquo; Ouellette said to a room filled with friends, family, colleagues and clients. &ldquo;Opportunities for women in all professional areas have increased a thousand fold. My area of practice, environmental law, seems to attract an inordinate number of female attorneys &ndash; when I started practicing almost 30 years ago, I would often be the only female attorney in the room. Now it is not uncommon to be working on a complicated environmental law case and all of the attorneys on the case are women.&rdquo;</p> <p>Debbi Huffman Guthrie, chair of the ATHENA Steering Committee, said Ouellette embodies the ATHENA Award&rsquo;s ideals, noting that Ouellette was one of the first women to serve on BB&amp;K&rsquo;s Executive Committee and the instrumental role she played in shaping what is now one of the nation&rsquo;s most preeminent environmental law practices. Guthrie told Ouellette: &ldquo;You&rsquo;re such an asset to our community and each of the lives you&rsquo;ve touched. We appreciate you.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ouellette&rsquo;s professional accomplishments include an appellate victory earlier this month in a <a target="_blank" href=";an=53923&amp;format=xml"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">CEQA challenge</span></a> to a proposed public-private partnership to pump billions of gallons of fresh groundwater for drought-stricken Southern California residents and businesses. Ouellette said she is most proud, though, of her work creating habitat conservation projects &mdash; including the largest one in the nation in Western Riverside County, which covers more than a million acres and protects nearly 150 species.</p> <p>A video presentation documented Ouellette&rsquo;s life in photographs, and discussed her love of nature and her passion for working to make a difference &mdash; both of which were instilled in her at an early age. In the video, her niece, Natalie, said her aunt &ldquo;sets an amazing example&rdquo; by being honest, fair and hardworking. BB&amp;K Partner Charity Schiller said her colleague is on &ldquo;a tireless crusade to make sure women know they can do anything.&rdquo; U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips, a former BB&amp;K colleague, added, &ldquo;She has developed a statewide reputation in environmental law. She&rsquo;s a leader in the profession, a leader in civic engagement and a wonderful mentor to other young lawyers coming up.&rdquo;</p> <p>ATHENA of Riverside is a collaborative partnership made up of past ATHENA Award recipients and supported by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. Its mission is to open leadership opportunities for women through inspiration, education, cultivation and mentoring.&nbsp;Each year, the program raises funds for scholarships given to college-level women from the Riverside region to attend local colleges and universities.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> <p><em>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP is a national law firm that focuses on environmental, business, education, municipal and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With 200 attorneys, the law firm has nine offices nationwide, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit or follow @BBKlaw on Twitter</em></p>Press Releases24 May 2016 00:00:00 -0800