Alan Ramo
Alan Ramo
Director, JD Environmental Law Program

Co-Director, Center on Urban Environmental Law (CUEL)
Professor of Law

San Francisco
  • 415-442-6654

  • Former Director of the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic
  • Served as Interim Dean of the Law School 2008-2009


Civil Procedure

Climate Change

Environmental Law and Justice Clinic

Environmental Law and Policy

Renewable Energy


Environmental Law

Clinical Legal Education

Toxics in the Urban Environment


MJ, University of California, Berkeley

JD, Boalt Hall School of Law

BA, Stanford University


Community Activity: & San Francisco Estuary Institute, Board of Directors 2010; & Impact Fund, Board of Directors 1993 to present; & Advisory Board, Rose Foundation 1994 to present

The Environmental Law and Justice Clinic under Ramo's direction received the following awards:
  • EPA Region IX Earth Day Award for ELJC 1999
  • SF Board of Supervisors Commendation for ELJC 1997
  • Environmental Law Foundation Chappell Hayes Environmental Justice Award for ELJC 1995
  • ABA SONREEL Law Student Clinic Award 1995


Former legal director of Communities for A Better Environment.

Has served as an advisory member of two Cal-EPA committees and as a consultant to the Department of Health Services.

Won a landmark case enforcing SF Bay Area air pollution plans in the San Francisco Federal District court.

Founder of the Western States Legal Foundation.

Received the 2000 Wells Family Award in the area of urban renewal from the Environmental Now foundation.


U.S. Military Accountability For Extraterritorial Environmental Impacts: An Examination Of Okinawa, Environmental Justice, And Judicial Militarism28 Tul. Envtl. L.J. 53 (2014).

The California Offset Game: Who Wins and Who Loses? 20 Hastings W.-N.W. J. Envtl. L. & Pol'y 109 (2014).

Transitioning a Community Away from Fossil-Fuel Generation to a Green Economy: An Approach Using State Utility Commission Authority, 15 Minn. J.L. Sci. & Tech. 505 (2014).

Environmental Justice as an Essential Tool in Environmental Review Statutes: A New Look at Federal Policies and Civil Rights Protections and California's Recent Initiatives, 19 Hastings W.-N.W. J. Env. L. & Pol'y 41 (2013).

Not A CEQA Question, The Recorder, 7/24/2012.

Sackett v. EPA (2012), 35 Real Prop. Law Reporter 78 (May, 2012)

Failure To Launch, The Recorder, 4/22/2011.

Joan Blades: Fortune Cookie, ch. in Profiles in Prominence (Golden Gate University, 2009).

Warding Off CEQA Lawsuits: Advice From a Plaintiff's Lawyer, 30 Real Prop. Law Rptr 101 (July 2007).

Note on Martin v City & County of San Francisco (2005) 135 CA4th 392, 37 CR3d 470, 29 Real Property Law Reporter 251 (2006).

CEQA Promotes Environmental Justice, ch. 5 in Everyday Heroes Protect the Air We Breathe, the Water We Drink, and the Natural Areas We Prize, p. 91, (Karen Douglas, et al., eds., Planning and Conservation League 2005).

Court Says CEQA Covers Wal-Mart's Potential Contribution to Urban Decay, 28 Real Property Law Reporter 41 (2005).

The Environmental Justice Clinic at the Golden Gate University School of Law: Profile of Environmental Justice Activism, Human Rights (ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, Fall 2003).

California's Energy Crises: the Perils of Crisis Management and a Challenge to Environmental Justice, 7 Albany Law Environmental Outlook Journal 1 (2002).

Book Review: The Promise and Peril of Environmental Justice, by Christopher H. Foreman, Jr., 40 Santa Clara L.R. 941 (2000).

Clean Up Your Act, Los Angeles Daily Journal (Oct. 15 1999). (Article on Environmental Citizen Suits)

Deregulation Could Be a Mixed Bag, San Francisco Chronicle (July 2 1997).

Hunters Point: Energy Development Meets Environmental Justice, 5 Envt'l Law News 28 (Spring 1996).

Co-author, Landlord's Handbook: Guide to Promoting Lead Safe Housing (Golden Gate University Environmental Law and Justice Clinic 1995).

Co-author, Tenant's Handbook: Your Legal Right to Lead Safe Housing (Golden Gate University Environmental Law and Justice Clinic 1995).

Co-author, Report of the Environmental Justice Committee, in Toward the 21st Century: Planning for the Protection of California's Environment (California Comparative Risk Project Submitted to California Environmental Protection Agency May 1994).

Will State Ignore Toxic Release Threat?, San Francisco Chronicle (Aug. 5 1993).

Federal Clean Water Act's Prohibition on Toxic Discharges Applied for the First time to the Bay Area's Oil Refineries, San Francisco Barrister, Substantive Law Journal, Bar Association


Member of the California Bar