Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

A Los Angeles Story: Youth of Color Versus Big Oil

Panel Discussion with Maya Golden-Krasner, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity; Ashley Lazaro, Youth Leader, South Center Youth Leadership Coalition; Gladys Limón, Staff Attorney, Communities for a Better Environment; and Professor Sean Hecht, Co-Executive Director, UCLA School of Law's Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment as the moderator.

A Los Angeles Story: Youth of Color Versus Big Oil
Monday, March 20, 2017
12:15 - 1:20 p.m.
[Lunch will be served.]
Room 1430

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Oil and gas drilling in Los Angeles occurs next door to homes, schools, and hospitals, and emits toxic air pollution which can contribute to cancer and respiratory illnesses.  In November 2015, Youth for Environmental Justice, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the South Central Youth Leadership Coalition sued the City of Los Angeles and its Department of City Planning for bypassing environmental review and rubber-stamping oil drilling applications.  The plaintiffs alleged the City engaged in a pattern and practice that violated California civil rights law by disparately under-protecting communities of color, and systematically violated state environmental review mandates.  In September 2016, the plaintiffs settled their claims with the City, but are now being counter-sued by the California Independent Petroleum Association.  Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Professor Sean Hecht, Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, with representatives from the plaintiff organizations about oil and gas regulation in Los Angeles, and social movement lawyering.   

Panelist  Maya Golden-Krasner serves as Senior Attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity where she works with the Climate Law Institute. She also teaches Environmental Justice Law as an adjunct instructor at UCLA School of Law.

Panelist  Ashley Lazaro is a youth leader of the South Central Youth Leadership Coalition.

Panelist Gladys Limón is a Staff Attorney at Communities for a Better Environment. Her work involves using integrated, high-impact advocacy strategies, including policy, litigation, and community-based campaigns, to protect the civil and human rights of communities bearing a disproportionate burden of environmental harms, and advocate for healthy, sustainable environmental practices.

This event is sponsored by the UCLA School of Law Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the Critical Race Studies Program, the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, the Environmental Law Society, Communities for a Better Environment, and the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (“VABANC”) Law Foundation.  The VABANC Law Foundation's mission is to promote justice and access to legal services and resources for those in the community, particularly those from under-resourced or underserved communities. This litigation is supported by the work of UCLA alumna Jaimini Parekh, VABANC Law Foundation Fellow with Communities for a Better Environment.