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The Doremus/Anthon Environmental Law Writing Prize

Formerly known as the Rick Frank prize, the Doremus/Anthon Environmental Law Writing Prize honors the contributions of Professor Holly Doremus to environmental law scholarship and education.   Prof. Doremus taught environmental law at UC Davis from 1995 to 2009 and originally established the prize as the Rick Frank Prize to honor Prof. Frank ’74.  Now a professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Prof. Doremus is a leading scholar on biodiversity law and on science and the law.

The competition is open to all students enrolled at the UC Davis School of Law. The Doremus/Anthon Prize is awarded each spring for the paper which makes the most significant scholarly contribution. The winning paper is published in Environs. Some of the past winners of the Doremus/Anthon Prize are listed below.


"Takings Litigation in the San Joaquin River Restoration Program: The Role of the Implied Seepage Easement Under the Federal Navigational Servitude " - Michael Profant, '14


"The Colorado River Delta and Minute 319: A Transboundary Water Law Analysis " - William F. Stanger, '14

CELPC Student Writing Program

The California Environmental Law & Policy Center (CELPC) is introducing a new program where selected student papers will be featured on the Center website each semester.  Our main goal of the program is to highlight excellent work done by students at King Hall in the area of environmental law and policy that otherwise may not be recognized through formal publication by a legal journal.

At the end of each semester King Hall Environmental Law Faculty submit papers completed by students for course credit to the CELPC Environmental Law Fellow.  The Fellow reviews the submitted papers and selects those of the highest quality for posting through the Center.  Below are the papers selected for Spring 2013.

CELPC does not claim ownership of these student works.  The views and arguments expressed are those of the student author alone and not those of CELPC.  The presence of a work on this website should in no way inhibit the publication of the work in a law review or journal nor disqualify it from consideration for such publication.  A paper will be removed upon request by the student author if it is selected for publication in a formal legal journal.

Selected Spring 2013 Papers

Are We Ready to Drill in the Arctic? ” - Anne Baptiste ‘14

Creating International Governance for Synthetic Biology: Identifying the Principles and Players ” - Erin Tanimura ‘14

“Governing a Global Commons: Sharks in the High Seas” - Jared Wigginton ‘13

Recommendations for a National Cap-and-Trade System Based on the Successes and Failures of the Three Largest Existing Carbon Markets ” - Michael Murza ‘13

Towards a Critical Poiesis: Environmental Justice and Displacement ” - Yuchih Pearl Kan ‘13

Lessons from the West: Fracking and Water Resources

This short paper, “Lessons from the West: Fracking and Water Resources,” was prepared by Miles Hogan, CELPC Environmental Law Fellow.  The paper broadly examines how water law in western states applies to the overall use of water in fracking, and it raises issues with current and future regulation and litigation in this area.  The paper was compiled for a presentation given on November 9, 2012 at a workshop put on by Dividing the Waters and The National Judicial College.  This project demonstrates CELPC’s commitment to partnering with educators and policy institutes, and to providing a meaningful dialogue in key areas of environmental law and policy.

California's Proposition 37: A Legal & Policy Analysis

Prop37CoverCELPC has published a new white paper examining California’s Proposition 37, formally titled “The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.”  Proposition 37 is an initiative measure that will appear on California’s November 6th, 2012 general election ballot.  The report does not argue in favor of or against Proposition 37.  Instead, it is intended to serve as an independent and objective analysis of the initiative, to help inform the public debate over the measure and be of use to California voters and interested observers.

Proposition 37 is the most important environmental measure appearing on California’s crowded  November election ballot.  It is attracting national attention as well as millions of dollars in campaign contributions from both supporters and opponents of the initiative.  That’s because the proponents of Proposition 37 hope, and those opposing the measure fear, that if enacted the initiative will prompt similar laws in other states and, perhaps, at the national level.

Hopefully, “California’s Proposition 37: A Legal & Policy Analysis” will contribute to a thoughtful public debate over this important initiative.

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Goldstene: Brief of Amici Curiae Professors of Environmental Law in Support of Appellants

In June 2012 a group of environmental law professors, including Professor Rick Frank, submitted a brief in support of the California Air Resources Board's low carbon fuel standard.

Defining Good Infill

A Convening Report on SB 226 and the California Environmental Quality Act by Ethan N. Elkind, Rick Frank, and Sean Hecht.

Opinion Editorials regarding Proposition 26

In November 2010, California voters enacted Proposition 26, an initiative measure that was largely overshadowed by other, more heavily-publicized measures on last fall's general election ballot. But Proposition 26, which mandates that most future state and local fee systems can only be enacted by a two thirds vote of the California Legislature or local voters, will have a profound effect on a variety of public health, safety and environmental protection measures. Proposition 26 is likely to have an especially pronounced effect on California environmental programs, which in recent years have relied heavily on "polluter pays"-based fee systems to fund them.

Set forth below are two opinion columns relating to Proposition 26: the first, written by King Hall Law Professor Christopher Elmendorf, suggests that the initiative measure may be unconstitutional under California's "single subject rule." The second, penned by California Environmental Law & Policy Center Director Richard Frank, discusses the background of Proposition 26, as well as its particular, anticipated effects on a variety of state and local environmental programs.

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