Environment Quality Law
David Sandino served as Chief Counsel for the California Department of Water Resources from 2006-2010 under an appointment by Government Arnold Schwarzenegger and currently serves as senior staff counsel. He has worked on significant water, environmental, tribal, and energy issues during his twenty-year career with the Department. The Department operates the largest state water system in the United States, the State Water Project, which delivers water to 25 million Californians and 750,000 acres of farmland. He has taught water law, environmental law, energy resources law, and local government law at Texas Tech University School of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, and Golden Gate University School of Law. He also has created and teaches courses at the UC Davis Extension for environmental professionals on California water law and policy, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and Tribal water law. He received a distinguished teaching award from the UC Davis for his contribution to natural science education. He received a 1999 Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Russia, where he taught international environmental law at the Moscow State Academy. He is a graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law, King's College London, and UC Davis.