CPIL Executive Director Robert Fellmeth Receives UCAN Founder’s Award

CPIL Executive Director Robert Fellmeth Receives UCAN Founder’s Award

SAN DIEGO (June 26, 2019) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) Executive Director Robert Fellmeth received the Utility Consumers’ Action Network (UCAN) Founder’s Award at the 35th Anniversary Celebration held in Degheri Alumni Center.

USD School of Law Alumnus John Moot, ’82 (JD), was honored with the Public Interest Attorney Award. He was an early student in CPIL’s work, and continues his public interest work today. He is a partner at Schwartz, Semerdjian Cauley & Moot.  

Professor Fellmeth was honored for founding the UCAN effort, which began as a project of CPIL in 1982.  One noteworthy effort was its petition to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for consumer access to the utility's billing envelopes, allowing groups to publicize their work on behalf of consumers. The UCAN mission is to ensure fair utility rates and billing practices countywide through advocacy work before the California PUC and in courtroom litigation. They have also intervened on behalf of individuals to help resolve service and billing issues with utility providers.

About Center for Public Interest Law

Founded in 1980, the University of San Diego School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) serves as an academic center of research and advocacy in regulatory and public interest law. CPIL focuses its efforts on the study of an extremely powerful, yet often overlooked, level of government: state regulatory agencies. Under the supervision of experienced public interest attorneys and advocates, CPIL law student interns study California agencies that regulate business, professions, and trades.

CPIL publishes the California Regulatory Law Reporter, a unique legal journal that covers the activities and decisions of over 12 major California regulatory agencies.

In addition to its academic program, CPIL has an advocacy component. Center faculty, professional staff, and interns represent the interests of the unorganized and underrepresented in California’s legislature, courts, and regulatory agencies. CPIL attempts to make the regulatory functions of California government more efficient and visible by serving as a public monitor of state regulatory activity. The Center has been particularly active in reforming the state’s professional discipline systems for attorneys and physicians, and in advocating public interest reforms to the state’s open meetings and public records statutes.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

Robert C. Fellmeth, Executive Director at the Center for Public Interest LawRobert C. Fellmeth, Executive Director at the Center for Public Interest Law

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