2008 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year
California Lawyer named Debbie Sivas, Director of the Environmental Law Clinic and Lecturer in Law, one of the 2008 California Lawyer "Attorneys of the Year" (CLAY).
The magazine cites Sivas' critical role "in convincing the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the federal fuel economy standards for light trucks and sport utility vehicles as incomplete and inadequate. These trucks and SUVs account for about half of all new vehicle sales in the country each year. Environmental legal experts predict the ruling will have a broad effect on the future work of federal agencies and projects that require federal approvals or permits, as well as on local, state, and private development projects that are subject to California’s environmental-review statutes."