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Archive: December 2020 Blog Posts

  • Are Bees Fish? California Court Considers Novel Arguments in Endangered Species Case
  • December 14th, 2020 — by Zachary Klein — Category: Endangered Species

  • Bees aren’t fish. Obviously, right? Not so fast. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (the Xerces Society), a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit, created quite a buzz in October 2018 when it petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission (the Commission) to include four species of bumblebee on the state’s endangered species list.

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  • Application Period Now Open for NSGLC’s 2021 Sea Grant Law Diversity Internship Program
  • December 7th, 2020 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • The National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) developed a pilot Sea Grant Law Diversity Internship Program (SGLDIP) in 2020 and recently opened the application period for 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic shifted last summer’s internship from an in-person to a virtual experience, and it may do so for 2021 as well. Whether in person or virtual, the internship aims to give the intern a unique opportunity to enhance his or her legal education by conducting research and outreach alongside NSGLC attorneys and SGLDIP project partner attorneys.

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  • See You Later Alligator: Louisiana Thwarts California’s Attempt to Ban Alligator Products
  • December 3rd, 2020 — by Blake Tims — Category: Miscellaneous

  • California’s ban on alligator and crocodile products has been struck down after the State of Louisiana, which leads the U.S. in production of alligator products, challenged the ban. By enacting this ban, California sought to curb animal cruelty and the trafficking of endangered species. Louisiana argued that the ban directly conflicted with federal law, and threatened jobs—as well as conservation efforts—in the state. The U.S. District Court for California’s Eastern District agreed on both counts in its decision in the case, Paris v. Becerra, No. 219CV02471KJMCKD, 2020 WL 6043948 (E.D. Cal. Oct. 13, 2020).

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  • Michigan Court Must Evaluate Easement for Controversial Enbridge Pipeline
  • December 2nd, 2020 — by Olivia Deans — Category: Miscellaneous

  • On November 13, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer filed a legal complaint to shut down the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline. Enbridge is a Canadian petroleum transportation company. One of its pipelines, Line 5, runs from Western Canada through Wisconsin and Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas into Ontario, where the oil is used in refineries and petrochemical plants.

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