Ellen Peter Wins Coveted “Lawyer of the Year” Award

Ellen Peter Wins Coveted “Lawyer of the Year” Award

California Air Resources Board chief counsel Ellen M. Peter has earned an esteemed Lawyer of the Year award for her work overseeing the state’s first ever cap-and-trade program.

Ellen is one of 60 attorneys from around the state set to receive a California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year award from the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. The attorneys, including public-interest lawyers, prosecutors and attorneys in the private sector, will be honored with the 17th annual CLAY awards at a ceremony March 12. This year’s awards recognize accomplishments in 21 areas of legal practice.

Ellen won the CLAY award in the environmental law category for her work over the past three years overseeing the development of the state’s first cap-and-trade program, a key component of AB32. The cap-and-trade program covers 600 of the state’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases and established the world’s second largest carbon market. Setting the program in place also marked a major step toward achieving the goals of AB 32, the state’s landmark climate-change law. AB 32 mandates that California reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Ellen’s accomplishments and award are featured in the March 2013 issue of California Lawyer magazine.