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News Posted on August 17, 2017

Professor Frank Publishes Op-eds in Daily Journal

Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank ’74 recently published two op-eds in the Daily Journal.

On July 28, the Daily Journal published Frank’s “Sea level suits are the next frontier in climate change litigation,” a piece concerning lawsuits filed by three California local governments against 37 major energy companies seeking damages for alleged contributions to climate change that have caused rising sea levels, more intense storms, and flooding. The suits are part of a wave of “cutting-edge climate change litigation being brought in our nation’s courts,” writes Frank. The lawsuits have the potential to “spark increased media and public debate over the long-range, adverse environmental and economic consequences of our carbon-based economy on California’s spectacular coastal resources,” Frank concludes.

On August 16, the Daily Journal published “Next stop, even more CEQA litigation,” in which Professor Frank assesses the California Supreme Court’s decision in Eel River v. North Coast Rail Authority, a case concerning the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and its application to publicly operated railroads.  Frank wrote that "neither side won a clear-cut victory” and “the principal beneficiaries of the ambiguities contained the court’s decision are the attorneys who will be called upon to litigate future cases regarding the scope of CEQA’s continued, permissible application to controversial private and public railroad projects in California.”

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.