Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Law Library: Climate Change and Your Law Practice

August 2021 Bar Bulletin

In the past, a climate change practice might have been primarily limited to environmental laws dealing with technical, regulatory aspects of carbon emissions. The collapse of the Surfside condominium tower, the “heat dome” that brought Las Vegas-level temperatures to Seattle, and the shroud of wildfire smoke that increasingly envelops the Puget Sound each summer are all stark reminders that the effects of climate change are pervasive and already impacting virtually every practice area.

Less than a decade ago, the ABA began the push for rules requiring a duty of technological competency for attorneys. Who would have imagined that in nine...

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