It is our pleasure to introduce Ecology Law Quarterly’s 2016–17 Annual Review of Environmental and Natural Resource Law. This is the Annual Review’s eighteenth year and is a product of collaboration among the ELQ editors and student authors, Berkeley Law’s environmental law faculty, and the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment.
Katherine Reynolds, Mae Manupipatpong and Jacob Finkle, all of whom are soon to be members of the bar, served as teaching assistants and advisors to the authors. They dedicated considerable time to helping the authors master developing areas of the law and craft interesting and compelling papers. The now-graduated ELQ Co-Editors-in-Chief, Caitlin Brown and Taylor Ann Whittemore, orchestrated the Annual Review’s publication process. The incoming Co-Editors-in-Chief, Emily Renda and William Mumby, completed the final publication stages.
But the most enthusiastic recognition must go to the authors, without whom the Annual Review would not be possible. Researching in an unsettled area of the law, developing a thesis, and drafting a scholarly work over the course of a single academic year is no easy feat. We applaud their hard work.
The Annual Review also features Book Reviews and In Brief comments on recent appellate decisions written by students in the midst of their first year of law school. We are impressed with their willingness to write the comments at a time when they are still acclimating to the study of law.
This Annual Review will inform scholars and students for years to come. We were honored to have the opportunity to work with the authors. Several themes arise from their Notes.