Gov. Jerry Brown announced March 13 the appointment of retired federal district court judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. to the Delta Stewardship Council. Damrell will fill the seat previously held by Felicia Marcus, who was appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board last fall.
“Judge Damrell is a terrific appointment. He is smart, focused and knowledgeable. Having a member with federal judicial experience will add substantially to our base of knowledge. He has a distinguished judicial record with significant decisions on environmental, commercial, employment, anti-trust and civil rights matters. We look forward to having someone of Judge Damrell’s stature on the Council,” said Chairman Phil Isenberg.
Damrell joins the council as it is poised to adopt a comprehensive and enforceable long-term management plan that will ensure that state and local agencies meet the state’s coequal goals for the Delta: providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring and enhancing the Delta ecosystem.
Damrell, 74, retired from the federal bench last October and since then has headed the Sacramento office of the Burlingame-based law firm Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy. Prior to Damrell’s appointment as a federal judge in 1997 by President Clinton, he was a deputy attorney general for the state of California (1965-66) and a deputy district attorney in Stanislaus County (1966-68).
A Modesto native, Damrell started his own law firm in 1968 in Modesto and headed that firm until his appointment to the United States District Court. He received his law degree from Yale University and his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.