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Climate Change and the Courts: How Lawyers and Litigation Have Led (and Sometimes Frustrated) the Fight to Stop Global Warming

Rick Frank, Director of California Environmental Law & Policy Center, School of Law, UC Davis
  • Climate Change and the Courts: How Lawyers and Litigation Have Led (and Sometimes Frustrated) the Fight to Stop Global Warming
  • 2011-08-11T05:00:00-07:00
  • 2011-08-11T06:30:00-07:00
  • Rick Frank, Director of California Environmental Law & Policy Center, School of Law, UC Davis
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Aug 11, 2011 from 05:00 AM to 06:30 AM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
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1130 K Street, Room LL3
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In the absence of federal climate change legislation, efforts to combat global warming have increasingly been left to lawyers and litigation.  Many climate change lawsuits have been effective in prompting action by the other branches of government, while others have threatened to undermine such efforts by the “political branches.”  Even in those states--like California--that have enacted serious legislation and regulatory programs to address climate change, lawsuits and courtrooms have played a major role.

Professor Rick Frank will survey the key climate change lawsuits here in California and elsewhere in the U.S. that have had a transformative effect on global warming policy at the regional, state and national levels.  He'll also offer his observations on the value--and inherent limits--of litigation as a means of furthering environmental policy objectives.

Richard Frank is a professor of Environmental Practice and director of the UC Davis School of Law’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center.  From 2006-2010, he served as executive director of the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment and as a lecturer in residence at the UC Berkeley School of Law.  Following positions as a staff attorney with the Federal Energy Administration in Washington, D.C. and the California Energy Commission, Mr. Frank joined the California Department of Justice in 1977.  For approximately 25 years, he specialized in environmental and land use litigation, representing the State of California, its agencies and officials. He also served as chief deputy attorney general for Legal Affairs of the Department of Justice. 

In 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Frank to serve on his seven-member Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force.  This task force was charged with holding public hearings and providing the governor and California legislature with policy recommendations addressing ecosystem, water supply and environmental governance challenges facing the California delta.  Mr. Frank served in this capacity for two years.

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