Angel Law is thrilled to announce that associate Ellis Raskin was sworn in as a member of the California State Bar on May 16, 2017. At a private ceremony, Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand administered the attorney’s oath to Ellis and commended him for joining the California State Bar.
“This is a tremendous honor, and I look forward to continuing to work as an advocate for the environment and environmental justice,” Ellis said. Frank P. Angel congratulated Ellis, stating: “If past is prologue, Ellis’ professional career as an environmental attorney will be ever ascending.”
It wasn’t difficult for Ellis to choose Mayor Brand to swear him in. Angel Law currently represents several Redondo Beach citizen organizations in crucially important legal battles to prevent a corporate takeover of 36 acres of land and tidelands at King Harbor by a Delaware limited liability company. Mayor Brand has consistently stood with his constituents in their increasingly successful efforts to fend off the Delaware company’s assault on coastal access, water-oriented recreation, and the local fishing industry at the harbor.
Ellis received his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Prior to joining Angel Law, he served as an extern to the Honorable Goodwin Liu at the Supreme Court of California, where he gained unique insights into the ways in which California’s highest court reviews environmental issues. Ellis also worked as a summer law clerk for the Alameda County Counsel, where he helped agency attorneys evaluate county zoning procedures and Clean Water Act compliance for county stormwater systems. While in law school, Ellis was named 2014-2015 Moot Court Student of the Year, and he received CALI awards for the highest grades in the Public Law and Policy Work Group, the Environmental Law Seminar, and Criminal Procedure.
Ellis is the author of The Definitive Guide to Tree Disputes in California, 21 Hastings W.-N.W. J. Envtl. L. & Pol’y 113 (2015); Urban Forests as Weapons Against Climate Change: Lessons from California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, 47 Urb. Law. 387 (2015); and Report: California Law at the Intersection of Water Use and Land Planning, Public Law Research Institute (2015). He is also the former managing editor of the West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.
Angel Law is a Santa Monica-based boutique law firm formed in 1993, specializing in environmental, coastal access and preservation, land use, open government, and election laws.