Charity B. Schiller

Partner

Tel: (951) 826-8223

Location(s)

At a Glance

Charity assists clients with all aspects of CEQA, NEPA and related environmental laws.

She is an experienced litigator.

Charity received a Woman of Distinction Award for the 61st Assembly District in 2015.

Charity Schiller helps public and private clients negotiate the maze of laws that apply to infrastructure and private development projects, so that those projects can be entitled and built. Specifically, Charity assists clients 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 adoption of environmental impact reports, environmental impact statements, negative declarations, addenda, exemptions and other environmental documents. Charity is also an experienced litigator, successfully defending her clients before administrative boards and trial and appellate courts throughout California, the National Environmental Policy Act and related environmental laws. She has extensive experience with the preparation and adoption of environmental impact reports, environmental impact statements, negative declarations, addenda, exemptions and other environmental documents. Charity is also an experienced litigator, successfully defending her clients before administrative boards and trial and appellate courts throughout California.
 
Site-Specific Entitlements
Charity represents a wide array of private developer clients and assisted with the successful entitlement of many dozens of projects across California. She helped developers obtain approvals of numerous specific plans, securing development rights to thousands of acres of land. She assisted with acquiring land use approvals and entitlements for dozens of residential, commercial, mixed-use and warehouse projects across the state. She also assists several renewable energy developers with solar, wind, biogas and geothermal project siting and CEQA review. Charity successfully defended many of these projects from CEQA and land use litigation in both the trial and appellate courts, including negotiating complex multi-party settlements that resulted in the immediate dismissal of litigation while sparing her clients from litigation costs, time delays and business uncertainties.
 
Transportation/Linear Projects
Charity assists clients with the successful entitlement and construction of billions of dollars of transportation infrastructure, including commuter rail, freeway widening, car-pool lane additions and new highway projects. In that role, she regularly helps her clients work with federal and state transportation agencies to prepare joint CEQA/NEPA documents, secure funding for transportation projects and defend project approvals from litigation. Charity also assisted several federally designated metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and regional transportation agencies with countywide and regional transportation plans and the adoption of Sustainable Communities Strategies under SB 375. Similarly, Charity has extensive experience with the unique permitting and CEQA issues posed by linear projects that span multiple jurisdictions. Charity used those skills to secure – and defend – approvals for transmission lines, pipelines, water transfer projects and other infrastructure projects.
 
Land Use Plans/Climate Action Plans
Charity assists the firm’s many municipal clients with CEQA review and adoption of their general plans, several of which have received awards for sustainability and innovation excellence. Similarly, Charity assisted several jurisdictions with CEQA review and adoption of climate action plans designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a jurisdiction-wide level.
 
Beyond her work for clients, Charity regularly teaches courses in environmental law at the University of California, Riverside and guest lectures at several other Southern California universities. She also frequently authors articles on environmental law and speaks on CEQA and related issues. Charity is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and is licensed to practice law in the State of California.
 
Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • University of California, Riverside, M.S., biochemistry and molecular biology
  • University of Oregon, B.S., biochemistry


Memberships and Community Involvement

  • Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court
  • Riverside County Philharmonic, board member
  • Riverside Downtown Partnership, board member
  • Riverside Public Library Foundation, board member
  • Leadership Riverside Program, Steering Committee member
  • Woman of Distinction Award for the 61st Assembly District, 2015
  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, Environmental, 2013-2014
CEQA Document Filing Fees Increase
Legal Alerts Dec 13, 2016

CEQA Document Filing Fees Increase

Fee Increase for CEQA Notices of Determination Effective Jan. 1

Evaluating a Project’s “Exacerbation” on Existing Environmental Hazards
Legal Alerts Nov 10, 2016

Evaluating a Project’s “Exacerbation” on Existing Environmental Hazards

Substantial Evidence Proving “Exacerbation” Required, California Appellate Court Says

New Legislation Seeks to Expedite CEQA Administrative Record Process
Legal Alerts Sep 26, 2016

New Legislation Seeks to Expedite CEQA Administrative Record Process

Provides Opportunity to Streamline Litigation

CEQA Allows Developers to Recover Administrative Record Costs when Reimbursing Agency
Legal Alerts Sep 21, 2016

CEQA Allows Developers to Recover Administrative Record Costs when Reimbursing Agency

Appellate Victory for Developers and Public Agencies

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Subsequent Review Rules and Standard of Review
Legal Alerts Sep 20, 2016

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Subsequent Review Rules and Standard of Review

Decision Issued After Years of Uncertainty

Legislature Passes Pair of Significant New Climate Change Bills
Legal Alerts Aug 29, 2016

Legislature Passes Pair of Significant New Climate Change Bills

Gov. Brown Expected to Sign Laws that Will Have CEQA Implications

Office of Planning and Research Proposes Revisions to State CEQA Guidelines
Legal Alerts Jan 25, 2016

Office of Planning and Research Proposes Revisions to State CEQA Guidelines

Comments Sought by Feb. 29 on the Transition from LOS to VMT

California Supreme Court Decision Regarding Newhall Ranch Development Could Significantly Impact Developments
Legal Alerts Dec 2, 2015

California Supreme Court Decision Regarding Newhall Ranch Development Could Significantly Impact Developments

California Supreme Court Overturns Environmental Impact Report Related to Proposed Residential Development

California Governor Signs Legislation Establishing Significant New Energy Goals
Legal Alerts Oct 7, 2015

California Governor Signs Legislation Establishing Significant New Energy Goals

Law Sets Standards Aimed at Addressing Climate Change

California Supreme Court Makes Critical CEQA Ruling Regarding Categorical Exemptions
Legal Alerts Mar 3, 2015

California Supreme Court Makes Critical CEQA Ruling Regarding Categorical Exemptions

Court Clarifies the Unusual Circumstances Exception

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Increases CEQA Document Filing Fees
Legal Alerts Dec 18, 2014

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Increases CEQA Document Filing Fees

Filing Fees for CEQA Notices of Determination Increase Effective Jan. 1

California Supreme Court Rules Local Governments Are Not Required to Comply With CEQA Before Adopting a Voter-Sponsored Initiative
Legal Alerts Aug 8, 2014

California Supreme Court Rules Local Governments Are Not Required to Comply With CEQA Before Adopting a Voter-Sponsored Initiative

Opinion Clarifies When CEQA Review is Required for Local Land Use Initiatives

Office of Planning and Research Issues Draft Update to State CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Traffic Impacts
Legal Alerts Aug 7, 2014

Office of Planning and Research Issues Draft Update to State CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Traffic Impacts

Deadline for Comments is 5 p.m. on October 10

  • “BB&K’s Charity Schiller Discusses CEQA Baseline (Video),” BBKnowledge, Jan. 23, 2014
  • “Resurrecting the Departed: Legal Implications of Reintroducing Revived Species,” JD Supra, Jan. 23, 2014
  • “Office of Planning and Research Seeks Input on Proposed Changes to State CEQA Guidelines,” JD Supra, Jan. 6, 2014
  • “California Department of Fish and Wildlife Increases CEQA Document Filing Fees,” BB&K Legal Alert, Dec.10, 2013
  • “Court of Appeal Rules on Lead Agencies’ Ability to Delegate CEQA Decision-Making Authority,” BB&K Legal Alert, Nov., 2013
  • “Senate Bill 375: Implementing a Framework for Greenhouse Gas Reduction,” 16.2 A.B.A. Climate Change, Sustainable Development, & Ecosystems Committee Newsletter, October 2013
  • “Court of Appeal Addresses Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analysis Under CEQA,” BB&K Legal Alert, Aug. 20, 2013
  • “State Supreme Court Makes Key CEQA Ruling Involving Baseling Analyses,” BB&K Legal Alert, Aug. 5, 2013
  • “Court Finds Public Interest in Meeting Renewable Energy Goals in California Outweighs Efforts to Preserve Agricultural Lands,” BB&K Legal Alert, June 27, 2013
  • “Local Legislative Bodies Must Expressly Agendize CEQA Documents – County Planning Commission Failed to Include Project-Related…” BB&K Legal Alert, June 5, 2013


 

Event May 18-21, 2017

AEP 2017: Bridging the Gap

California State Conference

Event Feb 28, 2017

Advanced CEQA Workshop (Riverside)

Association of Environmental Professionals

Event Sep 12, 2016

California Land Use Law & Policy Conference

Argent Communications

Client Successes Feb 26, 2016

BB&K Team Helps L.A. County Get State Funding for Exide Contamination

Board of Supervisors gives commendation to attorneys John Holloway and Gene Tanaka

Event Feb 18, 2016

Implications of the State Supreme Court's Newhall Ranch Decision on GHG Emissions Analysis

Association of Environmental Professionals Western Inland Empire Luncheon Series

Event Nov 19, 2015

Law and Ethics for Planners

American Planning Association, California Chapter Inland Empire Section

BB&K In the News Sep 24, 2015

BB&K Files Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in Threatened Santa Ana Sucker Case

A Team of BB&K Attorneys, Working pro Bono, Garnered Headlines This Week for Case of First Impression

Press Releases Sep 22, 2015

BB&K to File Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in Threatened Santa Ana Sucker Case

Appeal Asks the High Court to Sort Out the Intersection of the Nation’s Endangered Species and Environmental Policy Laws

Event May 19, 2015

Webinar: Where's the Line?: Ethical Tensions Between Public Disclosure, Our Ethical Duties as Lawyers, and Constitutional Rights

State Bar of California Environmental Law Section

BB&K Partner Charity Schiller Honored as a Woman of Distinction
Press Releases Mar 27, 2015

BB&K Partner Charity Schiller Honored as a Woman of Distinction

Assemblymember Jose Medina Recognized Women for Their Successes and Contributions

Event Mar 9, 2015

California Land Use Law & Policy

Argent Communications Group

Event Oct 7, 2014

Climate Action Planning by Local Government

CLE International

Press Releases Jun 6, 2014

Four BB&K Attorneys Named to 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Scott Ditfurth, Mal Richardson, Charity Schiller and Alisha Winterswyk

Client Successes Nov 13, 2013

BB&K Successfully Defends CEQA Challenge to City of Riverside Power Project

Attorneys Michelle Ouellette, Charity Schiller and Alisha Winterswyk garner victory in California

  • “CEQA Compliance Timing: Judicial Treatment of Pre-Commitment Since Save Tara,” California State Bar Conference, Oct. 9, 2015
  • “CEQA 101,” University of California, Riverside Extension, April 10-11, 2015
  • “Governor’s Drought Proclamations, CEQA Exemptions and Drought Planning,” Association of Environmental Professionals Conference, March 21, 2015
  • “Ruby Ridge Ethical Considerations,” Riverside Inn of Court, Jan. 28, 2015
  • “Environmental Ethics,” CLE Water Conference, Nov. 3-4, 2014
  • “Urban Density, Transit, Water/Energy Conservation and Distributed Energy,” Greenhouse Gas Regulations Conference, Oct. 6-7, 2014
  • “California’s Drought: An Update on Current Water Supply Reliability Issues and their Legal Implications,” Los Angeles County Bar Association, June 19, 2014
  • “Ethical Considerations for Environmental Practitioners,” California Institute of Water Law, June 12, 2014
  • “Bay-Delta and Water Supply Issues: The Latest,” Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Conference, March 24, 2014
  • “Preparing CEQA Administrative Records; What to Keep and What to Throw Away,” Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Conference, March 24, 2014
  • “Recent Developments Affecting the California Environmental Quality Act,” International Right of Way Association, March 5, 2014