May 2014

Supreme Court Upholds Legislative Prayer at Local Government Level

May 6, 2014, by Deborah J. Fox,

A majority of the Supreme Court has upheld the right of local governments to open their meetings with prayer so long as the practice over time does not proselytize or advance any one faith or disparage another.

Even In Drought, Water Must Be Managed To Protect Delta Fish

May 14, 2014, by Dawn McIntosh

The Ninth Circuit recently issued two controversial opinions which uphold efforts to protect the delta smelt, a small fish endemic to the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta that is protected under the state and federal Endangered Species Acts, despite potential significant impacts on water deliveries to urban and agricultural areas.