Stanford University, Joint Degree; J.D. and MS in Environment and Resources, 2013
Activities: Stanford China Law and Policy Association, Co-President; Environmental Law Journal, Lead Article Editor; China Guiding Cases Project, Editor; Black Law Student Association, Executive Board Member; Energy Law Society Board Member; Iraqi Refugee Assistance Program, volunteer.
Yale University, B.A. May 2009; Anthropology, East Asian Studies
Activities & Fellowships: Parker Huang Undergraduate Research Fellowship; Yale Whiffenpoofs -tenor and tour manager; Yale Buddhist Society; Yale Scientific Magazine
Law Office of Adrian LeCesne, San Diego, CA
Principal, June 2017-Present
Civil litigation for homeowner against association for flooding; employment defamation case for nurse accused of elder abuse; filing asylum applications for political refugees and attending client’s hearings.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, San Diego, CA
Associate in the Natural Resources Practice Group, January 2016-May 2017
Drafted letters for San Diego County Water Authority, managed administrative record for rate litigation
Defended industrial clients from Clean Water Act lawsuits under the 2014 Industrial General Permit; advised businesses on environmental compliance matters and stormwater best management practices.
Advised developers on CEQA compliance; assisted developers with acquiring water rights, setting sewage rates, and earning various permits from municipal governments.
Polsinelli Law Firm, Kansas City, Mo
Associate in the Energy Practice Group, November 2013-November 2015
Drafted motions and briefs in natural gas pipeline proceedings before Kansas Corporation Commission, and defended a municipal public utility’s annexation of part of a cooperative’s service territory.
Drafted transactional documents for a Colorado distributed solar company’s sale of a large portfolio to a national energy company.
Conducted environmental due diligence for an oil and gas developer acquiring a large Wyoming oilfield.
Researched surface water, lease, and pipeline permits for a future chemical plant in Illinois.
California Attorney General’s Office, Los Angeles, Ca
Summer Intern in the Natural Resources Department, July 2012-August 2012.
Drafted memos on issues including the availability of punitive damages in fraud actions, admissibility of evidence in administrative mandamus actions, reverse validation actions, the evidentiary burden for proscriptive easements, quashing subpoenas duces tecum, and domestication of judgments in other states.
Nossaman LLP, Los Angeles, Ca
Summer Associate in the Infrastructure Practice Group, June 2012 -July 2012
Drafted memos on deference to state DOT’s, indemnification, notice for removal and relocation of utilities, right-of-way issues, federal jurisdiction questions, and compliance with state procurement regulations.
Reviewed contract materials for the California High Speed Rail, the Port of Long Beach Bridge Replacement in Los Angeles, and the I-35E toll road in Texas.
Mills Environmental Law Clinic, Stanford, Ca
Certified Law Student, April 2012 – June 2012
Drafted memos on CEQA related to a geothermal power litigation and challenge to an EIR certification.
Involved in taking and defending depositions in an agricultural runoff litigation.
National Park Service, Yosemite National Park, Ca
Legal Intern in the Office of the Superintendent, June 2011-August 2011
Analyzed Draft Merced River Plan and Tuolmne River Plan for compliance with NEPA, CEQA, and the Wilde and Scenic Rivers Act.