Holly A. Roberson, Associate

Holly, 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, Holly 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).

Holly 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, Holly worked at a prominent Sacramento law firm specializing in CEQA.

Legal Experience

Holly 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 Holly’s expertise include:

  • California Environmental Quality Act
  • Climate Change
  • Consultation with California Native American Tribal Governments
  • Endangered Species Act (Federal and State)
  • Recycled Water
  • Regulatory Permitting
    • Agency Representation
  • Riparian Rights Determination
  • Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
  • Water Rights
  • Water Transfers
  • Zoning Changes and Subdivision Map Act Approvals

While in law school, Holly 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, Holly 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, Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment
  • Member, California Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Member, California State Bar Association
  • Member, California Rural Water Association
  • Member, Environmental Law Section of the State Bar
  • Member, Legislation Committee for the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

Some of Holly’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

    Speaking Engagements

    07.27.2018

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Sustainable Groundwater Planning in California

    DATE:

    July 26-27, 2018

     

    LOCATION:

    Sacramento, CA

    Organized By:

    Law Seminars International (LSI)

    Program Overview:

    Kronick attorneys Scott Morris, Jonathan Christy and Holly Roberson will present at the Sustainable Groundwater Planning conference in Sacramento on July 26-27.

    Scott will provide opening remarks as Program Co-Chair and participate in a panel discussion about “Cross-Boundary Flows and Basin Coordination” discussing the legal issues around coordination challenges and issues (a) within a groundwater basin, (b) with adjacent basins, and (c) when an adjacent basin is on the critical list and yours is not; essential terms for coordinating agreements.

    Jonathan’s presentation will discuss financing options and strategies for GSA/GSP and what GSP developers and stakeholders need to know about constraints and viable pathways.

    Holly’s panel will discuss legal parameters for working with Tribes as sovereigns, including requirements for Tribal consultation.

    Registration:

    Please visit the event website for more information and to register.

    05.04.2018

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    Speaking Engagement

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    The Sovereign Next Door: California Native American Tribal Governments 101

    Date:

    May 2-4, 2018

    Location:

    San Diego

    Organized By:

    League of California Cities (LOCC)

    Program Overview:

    Kronick is pleased to sponsor the League of California Cities City Attorneys’ Spring Conference in San Diego. This conference provides training on cutting-edge issues in municipal law, including comprehensive updates on litigation affecting cities.

    Holly Roberson will be presenting at the conference, discussing the history and modern reality of sovereign California Native American Tribal Governments and what that means for Cities, including opportunities for Government to Government collaboration such as economic development, water, and land use, as well as how to engage effectively, legal requirements for consultation regarding Tribal Cultural Resources during CEQA (AB 52), General Plan Updates (SB 18) or projects with a federal nexus (Section 106).

    Registration:

    Please visit the event website for more information and to register.

    02.05.2018

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Sustainable Groundwater Planning

    Date:

    February 5-6

     

    Location:

    Los Angeles, CA

    Sponsored By:

    Law Seminars International (LSI)

    Overview:

    Kronick Shareholders Constantine Baranoff, Jon CristyScott Morris and Holly Roberson will present at the Sustainable Groundwater in California conference in Sacramento on February 5-6. Scott will provide opening remarks as Program Co-Chair. Constantine and Jon’s presentation will discuss financing options and strategies for GSP development, including perspectives on whether it is possible, or desirable to try to structure initial planning to avoid falling under Proposition 218 as well as anticipating rate setting issues under Propositions 26 and 21. Holly will discuss working with Tribes as Sovereigns as opposed to stakeholders including legal parameters and requirements for Tribal consultation.

    For more information or to register, please visit the event website.

    10.27.2017

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    Speaking Engagement

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    State Groundwater Management Act Boundary Modifications

    Date:

    Friday, October 27

    Location:

    Valley Center, California

    Sponsored By:

    Law Seminars International (LSI)

    Program Overview:

    Kronick attorney Holly Roberson will present at LSI’s Tribal Water Law in California Conference on Friday, October 27 in Southern California. She will discuss SGMA Boundary Modifications – determining what you will need to prove; identifying the best available evidence and what studies you’ll need to do; conflict of law issues between state and federal law; other factors to consider

    Registration:

    Please visit LSI’s website for more information and to register.