Law Schools in the Public Interest: Environmental Programs on the West Coast and in the Southwest
Environmental law programs on the West Coast and in the Southwest — basically, the states in the Ninth Circuit — are very active in public service. Here are some examples:
- A continuing legal education program for lawyers on energy and environment.
- A natural resources clinic that participates in administrative proceedings before federal lands agencies.
- A clinic that has litigated cases involving the protection of a national park, the regulation of invasive species discharges from ships, the preservation of an Indian sacred site, and the conservation of an endangered tortoise.
- Another clinic that specializes with great success on issues of environmental justice.
- An Ocean and Coastal Law Center.
- A clinical project that works directly with communities impacted by climate change to create adaptation assessments and identify legal and policy tools to further climate justice goals.
- A center that provides nearly all of the law student assistants for a major electric power agency, working on a wide range of energy and environmental issues.
- An Environmental Dispute Resolution Program that promotes collaboration, mediation, and other dispute resolution processes as a means to address contemporary environmental conflicts.
- A clinic focusing on the unique needs of island communities.
This list is strikingly incomplete — for instance, it doesn’t include UCLA or Berkeley since it seemed unfair to use the limited space to tout our own programs.
Dan Farber has written and taught on environmental and constitutional law as well as about contracts, jurisprudence and legislation. Currently at Berkeley Law, he has al…READ more