Cyndy Day-Wilson, Esq.
LL.M. Environmental Law

Cyndy Day-Wilson Attorney at Law in Eureka California

Ms. Day-Wilson has three plus decades of experience practicing law in big cities and small communities.  She obtained her law degree from the University of Idaho in 1986 and her LL.M. in Environmental Law from The George Washington College of Law in 1995.  She was first admitted to the bar in Idaho in 1986 and in 1988 in California.  She has represented a wide-range of clients including individuals, major corporations, and public agencies in administrative, civil and criminal matters.  She has worked as both outside counsel and in-house (most recently as the City Attorney of Eureka, California) which gives her experience that is unique and allows her to expertly navigate both sides of any controversy.  


Licenses and Affiliations

  • LL.M. Environmental Law, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. (1995)

  • J.D., The University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, Idaho (1986)

  • B.A. Political Science, College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho (1983)

  • Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington (1979-1981)

  • California State Bar (1988)

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California (1988)

  • United States District Court for the Central District of California (1988)

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California (2011)

  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2016)

  • Idaho State Bar (1986)

  • United States District Court of Idaho (1986)

  • California Lawyers Association, Member

  • CLA Environmental Law Section Executive Committee (2004 - present)

  • Editor, ELS Update a quarterly publication of the Environmental Law Section of CLA (2006 - Present)

  • Humboldt County Bar Association, Member

  • Mediator, Trained by San Diego Mediation Center

  • Appointed by San Diego County Board of Supervisors to the Board of Trustees for the San Diego County Public Law Library. Treasurer to the Board (2003 – 2006)

  • Appointed by Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to the Board of Trustee for the Humboldt County Public Law Library (2012 –Present).  President of the Board (2016 to Present)

Awards

  • Certificate of Commendation for Distinguished Pro Bono Service, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (1989 and 1990)

  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, State Bar of California (1992)

Publications

  • Editor and author for the California Lawyers Association Environmental Law Section Legal Update. Quarterly publication includes federal and state case law, regulatory and legislative updates on environmental law, energy and land use.

  • Save Tara v. City of West Hollywood:Does it Clarify When a Public Agency Must Start the CEQA Process?”  State Bar of California Environmental Lawyer (Spring 2010).

  • The Environmental Lawyer. Published by the Section of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law of the American Bar Association and The George Washington University Law School.  Federal Environmental Issues in Commercial Leasing Transactions: A Practitioner's Guide (Published June 1996).

  •  San Diego Unified School District v. County of San Diego (2009) 170 Cal. App. 4th 288 (involving the interpretation of a 1961 lease between the School District and the County of San Diego and allocation of responsibility pursuant to that lease for a county landfill on School District property).

Appellate Opinions

  • San Diego Unified School District v. County of San Diego (2009) 170 Cal. App. 4th 288 (involving the interpretation of a 1961 lease between the School District and the County of San Diego and allocation of responsibility pursuant to that lease for a county landfill on School District property).

  • San Diego Unified School District v. San Diego Regional Water Board 2006 WL 2666109 (unpublished/noncitable)

  • Beaton v. City of Eureka 2015 WL 5560116 (unpublished/noncitable).

  • San Diego Unified School District v. County of San Diego (2009) 170 Cal.App. 4th 288.

  • Squires v. City of Eureka (2014) 231 Cal.App.4th 577 (Court of Appeal upholds trial court’s grant of Anti-SLAPP motion.)

  • Forster-Gill Inc. v. County of Humboldt 2014 WL 5581322 (Amicus) (unpublished/noncitable).

  • City of Eureka v. The Superior Court of Humboldt County (2016) 1 Cal.App. 5th 755.

  • North Coast Journal v. Superior Court of California County of Humboldt (2018) Petition by NCJ summarily denied by Court of Appeal, 1st District. Review denied by California Supreme Court. Trial court Case CV170486; Court of Appeal Case A153440; Supreme Court Case S248353. 

Speaking Engagements

  • 2009 Environmental Law Institute at Yosemite. “Save Tara and Headaches Too:  Ensuring that Timing of Project Approval Complies with CEQA.”

  • 2007 State Bar of California Annual Meeting.  “Recent Appellate Developments in Environmental and Land Use Law.

  • 2005 Lorman Education Services. “Legally Defensible Environmental Review Under CEQA.”


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