(July 27, 2005) -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger named Gail Ruderman Feuer, currently Senior Attorney to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), to a judgeship on the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
A formidable and tenacious environmental litigator, Ms. Feuer headed NRDC's So. California Air Quality Program. She brought suit in connection with expansion at the Port of Los Angeles and won a settlement that brought the start of plug-in dockside electrical power (cold ironing) for ships as an anti-pollution measure at that Port. (In August 2004 the Port of LB announced plans with BP to voluntarily commence cold ironing at a PoLB BP berth in mid to late 2006).
A month later, in September 2004, Ms. Feuer and her NRDC legal team appeared before the LB City Council to appeal a decision by LB's Board of Harbor Commissioners certifying an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a major expansion of Pier J.
After a Port presentation in which Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero praised the EIR, Ms. Feuer and her legal team publicly demolished it. Ms. Feuer's presentation was so effective that in an action believed to be unprecedented, the Board of Harbor Commissioners subsequently rescinded its certification of the document. (The Port is currently preparing a new EIR to justify the Pier J expansion).
Ms. Ruderman Feuer, 45, of L.A., spearheaded NRDC's Southern California Air Quality Program. She previously served as a deputy Attorney General with the Environmental Section of the CA Department of Justice. She earned her JD from Harward Law School and B.A. from SUNY at Albany.
Compensation for the position is $149,160.