The happy news is spreading all over the Puget Sound region that, with volunteer leadership help from Cascadia's Stephen J. Tan, the nonprofit Friends of 88.5 reached a deal to buy back public radio station KPLU, which had been slotted to be sold to the University of Washington. See KPLU's news story here.
We are happy to announce Jay Manning’s appointment to the Board of Trustees at Eastern Washington University. Gov. Inslee made the appointment effective November 20, 2015. The Board of Trustees is the highest policymaking body for the University, working closely with the University President, the administration, the faculty, and students on fiscal, policy and management issues.
For More Information: Jay Manning, jmanning [at] cascadialaw.com, 360-280-1272
CASCADIA LAW GROUP HIRES FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA
I was privileged to attend the COP-21 meeting in Paris, where 196 countries from around the world worked to negotiate a new agreement to reduce international emissions of greenhouse gases and limit global warming. I was there supporting the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC), whose members are the states of Washington, Oregon, and California, and the Province of British Columbia. The four jurisdictions have been working together on climate and energy issues for several years.
Cascadia is delighted to announce Jeff Goltz has returned to the practice of law, becoming Of Counsel in our Olympia office, after serving six years on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Jeff will focus his practice on energy, telecommunications, and state and regional regulatory matters.
Governor Chris Gregoire appointed Jeff to the UTC in 2009, where he served as chairman until 2013.
Chambers USA continues to recognize Cascadia Law Group as a Band 1 (top tier) environmental law firm in the state of Washington. In its newly released 2015 rankings Chambers also recognizes three of the firm’s partners as notable practitioners:
- "Firm founder Rodney Brown has a superb reputation across the market. His extensive experience includes natural resource matters, transportation projects, and energy. Peers describe him as ‘the premier in town.’
- Joshua Lipsky specializes in waste management, cleanup, and water quality matters. His broad client base includes industrial clients and other real estate owners.
- Peers recognize Tisha Pagalilauan for the quality of her work, describing her as ‘a phenomenal lawyer.’ She has substantial experience concerning CERCLA and the remediation of contaminated sites, as well as CWA and water quality issues."
And Rod Brown continues to be Chambers USA's only Star Individual among West Coast environmental practitioners. The full Chambers rankings can be viewed at http://tw.gs/15S9A1.
Membership in The Fellows is highly selective, and is limited to the top one-third of 1% of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Rod and Tisha were nominated by Fellows in their jurisdiction, and were elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.
Congratulations, Rod and Tisha.
Introduced by the Governor at his press event announcing the Taskforce, Rod said, "I volunteered for this job not because I thought it was challenging, but because I think we can actually do this, and do it relatively quickly, and without too much trouble ... I see that there are solutions that we can use in Washington, but that eventually will spread to other parts of the country and the rest of the world."
Video of Press Event:
Governor Inslee Climate Change Announcement, Apr. 29, 2014
Governor Inslee's Executive Order 14-04: Washington Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action, Apr. 29, 2014
Inslee Orders a Move Toward Limits on Carbon Emissions, Apr. 29, 2014
Meet the Governor's new climate change attack plan, Apr. 30, 2014