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News Posted on August 11, 2017

Professor Frank Presents at Annual Meeting of the Conference of Western Attorneys General

On July 31, Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank ’74 made a presentation to the Annual Meeting of the Conference of Western Attorneys General in San Francisco.  The subject of Professor Frank’s talk was, “The Chevron Doctrine, the U.S. Supreme Court & Justice Gorsuch: Are Major Changes Afoot?”  His conclusion is that Justice Gorsuch’s arrival at the Supreme Court is unlikely to trigger any immediate changes to that Court’s interpretation of the so-called “Chevron doctrine” (which deals with the degree of deference federal courts should give administrative agencies’ interpretation of federal law), and that Justice Kennedy remains the “swing justice” whose vote will be determinative regarding any future shifts in the Supreme Court’s future Chevron jurisprudence.

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.