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Environmental Litigation Seminar (767B)

The Environmental Litigation Clinic represents public interest environmental groups bringing citizen enforcement actions in state and federal courts on a variety of environmental and land use issues.  The major client of the Clinic is the Riverkeeper, Inc.  Students also prepare amicus curiae briefs in significant national environmental litigation.  In addition to the casework, two weekly seminars focus on substantive environmental law and on lawyering skills encountered in major civil litigation.  Skill areas include: case planning, integration of facts and law, client counseling, negotiation, drafting legal documents, and pretrial and trial advocacy.  The Environmental Litigation Clinic requires a substantial time commitment.  The minimum time commitment outside of class is 20 hours a week.  Clinical students must continue client responsibilities throughout exams and holidays when necessary.  Schedules must be planned to accommodate the demands of the program.  Permission of the professors, based upon application and interview, is required.  Evidence and Environmental Skills are required and Environmental Survey is recommended.  (Prerequisites may be waived by the professors).  Students must be in good academic standing to be considered for the clinic (and maintain that standing if accepted).  Students must be available for clinic work and classes during the day and must be in their second, third, or fourth years.  Though grades are important for selection into the Clinic, other factors are:  1) balance in the program of students’ skills, needs, interests and background; 2) the demands of the anticipated caseload; and 3) interest in the environment and litigation as a career.

2 credit hours.

Faculty: Karl S. Coplan, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Daniel E. Estrin