Kaycee Royer

Attorney

Sacramento

Kaycee Royer graduated from the University of Idaho with an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Kaycee attended the University of Idaho’s College of Law obtaining a J.D. cum laude. Kaycee was the Co-President of the Federalist Society’s Idaho Student Chapter. She also served as the Chief Symposium Editor for the Idaho Law Review, successfully hosting the largest symposium in the history of the Review on the topic of livestock grazing on public lands. 

Growing up on a ranch in rural Idaho, Kaycee learned the importance of property rights and balanced environmental regulation. As she grew older, she was exposed to the many injustices faced by farmers and ranchers and developed a passion for being a voice for them in the legal community. During law school, Kaycee had the opportunity to represent water users as a legislative intern at both Idaho Water Users Association in Boise, Idaho and at National Water Resources Association in Washington, D.C. 

Kaycee enjoys spending time reading books, cooking, traveling, and downhill skiing.

Kaycee Royer graduated from the University of Idaho with an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Kaycee attended the University of Idaho’s College of Law obtaining a J.D. cum laude. Kaycee was the Co-President of the Federalist Society’s Idaho Student Chapter. She also served as the Chief Symposium Editor for the Idaho Law Review, successfully hosting the largest symposium in the history of the Review on the topic of livestock grazing on public lands. 

Growing up on a ranch in rural Idaho, Kaycee learned the importance of property rights and balanced environmental regulation. As she grew older, she was exposed to the many injustices faced by farmers and ranchers and developed a passion for being a voice for them in the legal community. During law school, Kaycee had the opportunity to represent water users as a legislative intern at both Idaho Water Users Association in Boise, Idaho and at National Water Resources Association in Washington, D.C. 

Kaycee enjoys spending time reading books, cooking, traveling, and downhill skiing.

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Procedural Guarantees

Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Ranchers fight illegal critical habitat designation

In 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated as critical habitat some 14,000 acres of land and 170 miles of streams in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico for the jumping mouse. The designation severely limits ranchers’ access to grazing land and watering spots and, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service, adds $20 million in regulatory costs, threatening livelihoods that go back generations. Because the Fish and Wildlife Service did not conduct a full economic analysis prior to the critical habitat designation as required by law, the Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association and Otero County Cattlemen’s Association filed a federal lawsuit challenging the designation.

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Property Rights

Pakdel v. City and County of San Francisco

Government can’t force tenants for life

Mr. Pakdel is a small business owner in Ohio. In 2009 he bought what’s known as a “tenancy in common” (TIC) apartment in San Francisco and leased it to a residential tenant. As part of the purchase, Pakdel signed an agreement with the other owners to convert the building’s six units into condominiums. But the City of San Francisco requires that property owners doing this conversion must offer lifetime leases to any tenants. Rather than allow the city to trample his property rights by dictating the use of his own property, Pakdel is fighting the unconstitutional mandate in federal court.

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Property Rights

Kansas Natural Resource Coalition v. Department of Interior

Bad rulemaking threatens good conservation

A buffalo rancher by trade, Ken Klemm also uses his 4,000-acre ranch in Kansas for conservation efforts. In fact, Klemm works with the Kansas Natural Resource Coalition (KNRC) to implement a conservation plan for the lesser prairie chicken. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers such local collaboration for determining endangered listings under its 2003 rule called the Policy for Evaluating Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE Rule). Unfortunately, the rule is not lawfully in effect because the Service never submitted the PECE Rule to Congress as required by the Congressional Review Act (CRA). On behalf of KNRC, PLF has filed a lawsuit demanding that the Service submit its rule to Congress so it can legally take effect and allow good conservation work to continue.

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By Kaycee Royer

Will Idaho case lead to reining in of unaccountable federal agencies?

Should federal executive branch agencies be accountable to Congress? For most people, the common-sense answer to that question is “yes.” Yet PLF attorneys regularly go head-to-head with government lawyers who … ›

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By Kaycee Royer

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Should Follow the Law

The Service claims it is exempt from Regulatory Flexibility Act requirements because critical habitat designations impact only other federal agencies. But this claim is in error. While critical habitat designations do require federal agencies to manage critical habitat, the restrictions of the designations also directly affect small businesses, making designations subject to RFA requirements.

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By Kaycee Royer

A “Steppe” in the Right Direction: BLM’s Proposed Amendments to the Sage-Grouse Rules

Yesterday, PLF filed comments on Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed amendments to the Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plans in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and Northeastern Californian, Utah, and Wyoming. … ›

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By Kaycee Royer

Supreme Court Splits on Salmon

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Washington v. United States. This case dealt directly with whether various Indian Tribes in the Puget Sound could require the state … ›

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Op-Ed

Why state needs to follow endangered species review mandate

Originally published by Capital Press June 11, 2018. Under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is required to conduct status reviews of … ›

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By Kaycee Royer

Common Sense Prevails in Regulatory Flexibility Act Case

Yesterday, PLF successfully defeated an attempt to dismiss its lawsuit that would require the government to follow its own laws and regulations. At issue is the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), … ›

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