Brown Bag Seminar:

Webinar: Environmental Crimes and the Circuit Prosecutor Project, Circuit-riding Prosecutors: Lone Rangers or Super Heroes?

Event Information


Friday, October 14, 2011


12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Attendees can attend via webinar or in person at:

400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor
Sacramento, CA

MCLE Credit:

1 Hour

Sponsored By:

Natural Resources Subsection of the State Bar Association's Real Property Section



Program Overview:

Did you know that anyone who violates California's Fish and Game Code or other criminal environmental laws could go to jail? The California District Attorney's Association manages circuit-riding prosecutors who prosecute criminal and civil actions to enforce the state's pollution laws, the Streambed Alteration Program, the California Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws.

John M. Fentis, Environmental Project Director for the California District Attorneys Association, assists in the direction of the project and will explain the purpose of the program and provide background information on the project.

Matt Carr, a Circuit Prosecutor, will provide insights into the types of cases the prosecutors bring and also talk about some of the most interesting cases he has prosecuted. It might surprise you to know that prosecutors with the project have initiated actions for a wide array violations including:

  • Prosecution of a hazardous material release involving a diesel spill into a tributary of the Sacramento River
  • Hunting violations, including the taking of listed species
  • Streambed alteration violations, one of which involved the placement of marijuana planter beds directly into the streamflow/channel of a creek



You won't want to miss this program on October 14. You'll learn about the circuit prosecutor project, the types of cases they bring and what the triggers are that make them candidates for prosecution. You'll also learn practical approaches used to resolve cases.

To sign up for the webinar, please visit the State Bar's website

To sign up to attend in person, please email Lindsey Ono