Experience Vision Background Support Contact

Members of the Board of Directors for Citizens for East Shore Parks and supporters at the opening of its office in El Cerrito.

Norman, and some of his endorsers, Nan Wishner, Loni Hancock and Ann Riley.

Robert Cheasty, President of Citizens for East Shoree Parks, Tom Bates, Mayor of Berkeley, Norman La Force and Bob Lieber, Mayor of Albany.

Greg Lyman for Sports user groups, Senator-elect Loni Hancock, Norman, Syliva McLaughlin, a founder of Save the Bay, Nancy Skinner, assemblywoman election, and Tom Bates, Mayor of Berkeley.


Legal Expertise

Trial lawyer: For past 25 years in practice in the Bay Area (I have tried many jury trials and handled complex litigation involving CERCLA, First Amendment, Inverse Condemnation and public entity defense, Wrongful death, and mass tort litigation.

Legal Teaching: Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University Law School teaching Land Use Planning course, 2005-Present; (Golden Gate’s environmental law program is rated as one of the top five nationally)

Federal Court Clerkship: Law Clerk for the Honorable Jesse W. Curtis, United States District Court Judge, Central District of California (Los Angeles), also sitting by designation on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981-1982

Pro Bono Work: Attorney for the Sierra Club and Golden Gate Audubon Society and for other environmental groups like the Urban Creeks Council and Save Gateway Valley.

Volunteer Environmental Leadership Positions

Co-Founder and Vice-President of Citizens for East Shore State Parks, 1985-Preseent

Co-Founder of Coalition to Restore Urban Waterways, 1991 (lobbied at both State and federal level for bills to protect and restore rivers, streams, watersheds and urban creeks)

Sierra Club Representative to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Negotiated Rulemaking Process for Off-leash dog rules, 2004-2007;

Sierra Club Representative to the San Francisco Joint Venture (Consortium of environmental groups, public park and environmental agencies, and business to work on restoration and protection of the San Francisco Bay)

Sierra Club Representative (one of two) on effort to stop development of Gateway Valley in Lamorinda, now director of the Gateway Valley Settlement Fund Association to manage handling of funds from that settlement;

Co-founder of SPRAWLDEF (Sustainability, Parks, Re-cycling and Wildlife Legal Defense Fund), organization created out of legal victory to work on the issues concerning the siting of landfills and issues related waste disposal)

Co-Founder of the Campaign to Save California Wetlands, 1991-1995;

Sierra Club leader in stopping the proposal for housing at the toxic Zeneca property

Sierra Club Leader on campaign to Stop the Spraying for the Light Brown Apple Moth until the action under goes a full environmental and public health assessment and review;

Sierra Club Leadership Positions

Current Chair, San Francisco Bay Chapter

Member, Chapter Executive Committee, 1985-1991, 1993-1997, 2004-Present

Chair of Chapter’s East Bay Shoreline Park Task Force and East Bay Public Lands Committee, 1983-Present (focus of work on Park District issues)

Chair, Chapter Legal Advisory Committee 1985-present