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Helene Smookler

Helene Smookler

Helene Smookler has over 30 years experience in state and local government policy and planning and environmental law. Her practice focuses on environmental law, including CEQA, air quality, climate change, transportation, goods movement, housing, environmental justice and other regional issues. Recent CEQA matters include Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airways, California Public Utilities Commission, Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, ITCF JPA and County of Los Angeles projects. A significant part of Dr. Smookler's practice also involves mediation of complex public policy disputes, principally environmental and land use issues.

Helene Smookler was formerly Chief Counsel at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). Prior to joining SCAG, she was an attorney at the Center for Law in the Public Interest, where her cases included Century Freeway (Keith v. Volpe). Earlier in her career, she was a special consultant to the court during the Los Angeles School desegregation (Crawford v. LAUSD).

She has published extensively in the area of public policy and planning, including housing, transportation, education and dispute resolution. In addition to her legal practice, Dr. Smookler is an Adjunct Professor at USC's School of Policy, Planning and Development where she teaches Public Policy Dispute Resolution. Her PhD in Political Science is from UCLA and her law degree from UCLA School of Law.