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News Posted on September 17, 2015

Professor Frank Files Brief on California Supreme Court Environmental Case

On September 8, Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank filed a friend-of-the court brief with the California Supreme Court in the pending case, San Diego Association of Governments v. Cleveland National Forest Foundation

The case involves the intersection of climate change law, transportation policy, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  The specific legal question in the case--and the subject of the friend-of-the-court brief--is whether an environmental impact report prepared under CEQA in connection with a proposed regional transportation plan must analyze the plan's consistency with greenhouse gas emission reduction goals set forth in separate state law.  The brief argues that such consistency analysis is required under CEQA.  Professor Frank filed the brief on behalf of California's Planning and Conservation League and the Council of Infill Builders, a non-profit organization of real estate professionals committed to improving California through infill development practices.

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.