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News Posted on June 27, 2013

Professor Frank Wins Victory in California Appellate Court

On June 14, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District issued a published decision in an important case in which Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank is working with the Environmental Law Foundation to represent a variety of environmental and fishing organizations in arguing that the public trust doctrine is applicable to groundwater resources in the vicinity of Scott River in Siskyou County.

Siskyou County had argued that it was the proper venue for the case, rather than in Sacramento County, where the plaintiffs filed the lawsuit.  The Court of Appeal agreed with Frank's position that venue in this case is proper in Sacramento County.  The case, County of Siskyou v. The Superior Court of Sacramento County, has now been remanded to the trial court for a decision on the merits of plaintiffs' public trust claims.

Frank, a 1974 graduate of King Hall, is a leader in the field of environmental law and the founding Director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at UC Davis School of Law.

County of Siskyou v. The Superior Court of Sacramento County