Amicus Briefs

Amicus briefs submitted by UCLA Emmett Institute faculty on behalf of various clients. 

 

Amicus Brief for Members of Congress in Competitive Enterprise Institute, et al. v. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), et al.

January 21, 2021 | Cara Horowitz, Julia Stein, Benjamin Harris, Beth Kent, Siyi Shen

UCLA Emmett Institute faculty members Cara Horowitz, Julia Stein, Benjamin Harris, Beth Kent and Siyi Shen submitted an amicus brief on January 21, 2021, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of federal vehicle pollution and fuel economy standards. The brief was filed on behalf of Sen. Tom Carper, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. View Publication Page. Download PDF. Read U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce Press Release. Read UCLA Newsroom Q&A with Cara Horowitz.

 

Amicus Brief in Defense of Clean Air in Imperial County, California

August 24, 2020 | Sean Hecht, Charles Corbett

On August 24, 2020, UCLA Law faculty members Sean B. Hecht and Charles R. Corbett filed an amicus brief for the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic in a case before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Case No. 20-71196) concerning the regulation of air pollution in Imperial Valley, California. The brief was filed on behalf of Comité Civico del Valle, an environmental justice and public health organization that advocates for better pollution controls in Imperial County. View publication page. Download PDF.

 

Amicus Brief on Trump Administration’s Attempt to Revoke California’s Clean Car Standards

July 6, 2020 | Cara Horowitz, Julia Stein, Benjamin Harris, Ann Carlson

On behalf of 29 U.S. Senators and 118 U.S. Representatives, the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic filed an amicus brief on July 6, 2020, in a D.C. Circuit case challenging the Trump administration's attempt to revoke California's clean car standards.  View publication page. Download PDF.

 

Amicus Brief for National Parks Conservation Association and the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks in Union of Concerned Scientists, et al. v. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

July 1, 2020 | Sean Hecht, Ted Lamm

On July 1, 2020, Sean Hecht and Ted Lamm of Berkeley Law filed a brief on behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association and the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks in Union of Concerned Scientists, et al. v. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The authors show that climate change- and air pollution-related harms occurring in California's National Parks provide direct evidence of the compelling and extraordinary conditions that justify California’s vehicle emissions program. View publication page. Download PDF.

 

Amicus Brief for Grid Experts in American Lung Association v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

April 23, 2020 | William Boyd, Ann Carlson, Charles Corbett, Cara Horowitz

On April 23, 2020, Emmett Institute faculty members Cara Horowitz, William Boyd, Ann Carlson, and Charles Corbett submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in American Lung Association v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the case challenging the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule and the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. View publication page. Download PDF.

 

Amicus Brief on Behalf of Thomas Jorling in American Lung Association v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

April 20, 2020 | Ted Lamm, Sean Hecht

In an amicus brief filed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in American Lung Association v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Sean Hecht and Berkeley Law's Ted Lamm argue the Affordable Clean Energy Rule is directly opposed to what Congress intended, and said, when it crafted the Clean Air Act. Their client, Tom Jorling, is a renowned Clean Air Act expert who served as a staffer on the Senate committee that drafted and negotiated the pivotal 1970 amendments that form today’s law. View publication page. Download PDF.

 

Amicus Brief to Court of Appeal of the State of California in World Logistics Center Case

December 26, 2019 | Cara Horowitz, Julia Stein

On December 26, 2019, Cara Horowitz and Julia Stein, counsel for amici California CEQA and climate policy experts, filed an amicus brief to the Court of Appeal of the State of California in a case concerning the World Logistics Center, a proposed 40 million square foot warehouse development in Moreno Valley, CA, that is estimated to draw 70,000 truck trips per day at full buildout. View publication page. Download PDF.

 

Amicus Brief in Court of Appeal of the State of California, Sixth Appellate District in Chevron v. County of Monterey

August 9, 2019 | Sean Hecht, Benjamin Harris

On August 9, 2019, Sean Hecht and Benjamin Harris of UCLA Law School’s Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic filed an amici curiae brief on behalf of the League of California Cities and California State Association of Counties in Chevron v. County of Monterey. View publication page. Download PDF.

 

Amicus Brief for Scientists in Weyerhaeuser Company v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, et al.

July 5, 2018 | Sean Hecht

On July 5, 2018, students and faculty in the UCLA Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a group of world-class scientists including E.O. Wilson, Stuart Pimm, and UCLA's Brad Shaffer. Sean Hecht authored the brief with assistance from students Jen Garlock '19 and Heejin Hwang '19. The brief argued the Court and federal agencies should employ a scientific understanding of habitat, not a dictionary definition that would inadequately protect species, to implement the Endangered Species Act in the way Congress intended. View publication page. Download PDF.

 

Amicus Brief for Grid Experts in Support of EPA's Clean Power Plan

April 1, 2016 | Megan Herzog, Cara Horowitz, Sarah Duffy, Ann Carlson, William Boyd

On April 1, 2016, Megan Herzog, Cara Horowitz, Sarah Duffy, & Ann Carlson of UCLA Law School’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, together with William Boyd of University of Colorado Law School, filed an amici curiae brief on behalf of five electric grid experts: Benjamin F. Hobbs, Brendan Kirby, Kenneth J. Lutz, James D. McCalley, and Brian Parsons in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s "Clean Power Plan" to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fuel-fired electric generating units. View publication page. Download PDF.

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