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News Posted on September 27, 2013

Professor Frank Shares in Environmental Law Victory in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank ‘74 shared in a major environmental law victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as the Court upheld the constitutionality of California's first-in-the-nation Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which requires energy producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fuels marketed in California. 

The LCFS represents a key component of California's multifaceted strategy to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions and minimize adverse climate change impacts.  The Court of Appeals rejected claims that the LCFS discriminates against out-of-state energy firms or unfairly disrupts interstate commerce.  Frank, along with several other constitutional and environmental law professors from around the county, filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Ninth Circuit arguing that the LCFS is constitutional--the view adopted by the Court of Appeals.

 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.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision