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“The Definitive Guide to Tree Disputes in California” and “Urban Forests as Weapons Against Climate Change” by Angel Law Law Clerk Ellis Raskin Published

Two articles by Angel Law law clerk Ellis Raskin have been published in prestigious law journals in the past year.

“The Definitive Guide to Tree Disputes in California” was published in the winter 2015 issue of the Hastings West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.  The article provides a summary of California laws about the ownership of trees, tree encroachments, obstructions, and municipal ordinances that regulate tree growth.  It also discusses policy recommendations for the future development of tree law in California.  It has since been cited in the Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law and the textbook Real Estate Law by Marianne M. Jennings.

Ellis’ article “Urban Forests as Weapons Against Climate Change: Lessons from California’s Global Warming Solutions Act” was published in the summer 2015 issue of The Urban Lawyer.  It explores the effects that California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B. 32) will have on the management of the state’s urban forests.  The article addresses likely conflicts between landowners and urban forest managers, benefits to traditionally underserved communities, and the use of urban forests to fight climate change.

Ellis received his J.D. cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his B.A. in philosophy from Occidental College.  Before joining Angel Law, he served as an extern at the Supreme Court of California and a summer law clerk for the Alameda County Counsel.

Article Citations:
Ellis Raskin, The Definitive Guide to Tree Disputes in California, 21 Hastings W.-N.W. J. Envtl. L. & Pol’y 113 (2015).
Ellis Raskin, Urban Forests as Weapons Against Climate Change: Lessons from California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, 47 Urb. Law. 387 (2015).

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