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News Posted on May 11, 2017

Professor Frank Comments on California Supreme Court Case for Los Angeles Times

Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank ’74 commented for the Los Angeles Times on a California Supreme Court case concerning the California Coastal Commission’s authority under the U.S. Constitution to impose a 20-year expiration date on permits for a seawall that private landowners constructed to protect their properties from erosion.

Frank said that during oral argument, the Justices seemed to agree with the state’s position, which held that the landowners waived the right to sue when they constructed the seawall.  “They seemed to be skeptical of the homeowners’ claims that they should be entitled to build the seawall while simultaneously challenging the constitutionality of that provision,” said Frank. 

Frank 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.