Joseph Sax, Environmental Legal Scholar, Dies at 78

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Joseph L. Sax, a legal scholar who was a pioneer in environmental law in the United States, died at his home in San Francisco on March 10. In 1970 he wrote a law review article that proposed that some natural resources are so important that they should be treated in courts as a “public trust” and that the public as a right to sue if these resources are threatened by the government, business and private individuals. This doctrine of public trust went on to influence numerous legal decisions concerning the protection of environmental resources.