Environmental Law

An LL.M. (Master of Laws) is an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree and is obtained by completing a one-year full-time program subsequent to graduation from law school. Lawyers frequently pursue the LL.M. to gain expertise in a specialized field of law, for example in the area of tax law or international law or in her case, environmental law. Ms. Day-Wilson obtained her LL.M. in Environmental Law in 1995 from The George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Her thesis Federal Environmental Issues in Commercial Leasing Transactions: A Practitioner's Guide was published in June of 1996 by The Environmental Lawyer a publication of the Section of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law of the American Bar Association and The George Washington University Law School. 

She has served on the California State Bar’s (now the California Lawyers Association “CLA”) Environmental Law Section Executive Committee since 2005 and has been the Editor of the Environmental Law Update (a CLA publication) since 2007.

Water Resources and Water Rights

Water resources are sources of water that are useful or potentially useful to humans and include agricultural, industrial, household, recreational and environmental activities.

The North Coast is home to all of these uses. In particular, agriculture in our area spends a significant amount of time dealing with water diversion requirements - those that are larger than 10 acres and those that are smaller such as stockponds.

“Waters of the United States” or “WOTUS” can also be a confusing and complex issue that is currently difficult to navigate. Adding to the confusion is the State Water Resources Control Board’s recent “Waters of the State” efforts - “the statewide wetland definition and procedures for discharges of dredged or fill material to Waters of the State”.

Experience includes:

  • Agriculture resources and uses

  • Enforcement actions - administrative and civil by federal, state and citizen groups

  • Water rights 


Represented public agencies on issues related to siting of facilities such as the LNG facility that was proposed off the coast of Long Beach. Testified before the California Energy Commission and Public Utilities Commission on several projects.

Experience includes the development of several private/public partnerships for energy producing projects.

Solid and Hazardous Waste

Successfully represented public agencies across the state in federal court in CERCLA and RCRA lawsuits concerning contamination issues from industrial sources.

Also advised public agencies and private companies on solid and hazardous waste management.