Holly A. Roberson, Associate

Ms. Roberson, an associate attorney, represents public and private sector clients in the areas of natural resources and water law. Her practice focuses on environmental law and policy, CEQA, land use, water, climate change, and renewable energy. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Roberson served as Land Use Counsel at the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). At OPR, she worked on tribal cultural resources and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the General Plan Guidelines, military land use compatibility planning, infill streamlining, utility scale solar siting, complex mediation, drought issues, and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

Legal Experience

Ms. Roberson has experience working with environmental laws on the National, State, and Local level. She has special expertise in tribal cultural resources and CEQA (AB 52). She has provided technical assistance and training to lead agencies, the private sector, and tribal governments throughout the state. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Roberson worked at a prominent Sacramento law firm specializing in CEQA.

Ms. Roberson performs a variety of legal services for both public and private sector clients, including in-depth legal research and analysis, regulatory compliance assistance and litigation.

Specific areas of Ms. Roberson’s experience include:

  • California Environmental Quality Act
  • Consultation with California Native American Tribal Governments
  • Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
  • Zoning Changes and Subdivision Map Act Approvals
  • California Water Rights
  • Endangered Species Acts (Federal and State)

While in law school, Ms. Roberson externed at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Energy Commission, and the Environmental Section of the Office of the California Attorney General.

Before law school, Ms. Roberson worked as a Clerk for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. She organized the Committee’s hearings on all aspects of energy development on public lands, including its first ever hearings on climate change, and worked on the successful passage of reforms to the Mining Act of 1872.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Member, California State Bar Association
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • Member, Legislation Committee for the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar
  • Member, Environmental Law Section of the State Bar
  • Member, California Association of Environmental Professionals

Some of Ms. Roberson’s past presentations include:

  • “Guidelines, Case Law & Policy Update: AB 52 Tribal Consultation Revisited,” CLE International, December 2016
  • “Institute for Excellence in County Government: A Primer on County-Tribal Relations,” California State Association of Counties, July 2016
  • “AB 52, Tribal Cultural Resources and CEQA,” Bar Association of San Francisco, May 2016
  • “Tribal Cultural Resources and CEQA: What You Need to Know and Do to Implement AB 52,” Sacramento County Bar Association Environmental Law Section Sacramento, CA, March 2016
  • “Tribal Cultural Resources and CEQA: Time to Get Ready for AB 52,” American Planning Association, California Chapter, October 2015
  • “Tribal Cultural Resources in CEQA: AB 52 Explained,” Association of Environmental Professionals, March 2015
  • “Military Land Use Compatibility and the General Plan Guidelines,” American Planning Association, California Chapter, September 2014
  • “Military Land Use Compatibility and the Pending General Plan Guidelines,” Association of Environmental Professionals, California Chapter, May 2014
  • “Military Land Use Compatibility and the General Plan Guidelines,” Association of Environmental Professionals and American Planning Association, April 2014

Academic Background

J.D. University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), 2011

  • Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law
  • Board Member, Ecology Law Quarterly
  • Research Assistant, Prof. Rick Frank
  • Co-Founder, Students for Environmental and Economic Justice
  • Conference Organizer, Water Law Symposium
  • Recipient of the Presidential Management Fellowship

B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2005

  • Cum Laude
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Area Studies
  • Honors Alumni Scholar
  • Director of the Democratic Education at Cal (De-Cal) Program
  • P.E.O. Merit Scholar
  • Mildred Jordan Sharp Academic and Leadership Scholar
  • Dean’s List 2000-2004

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