Law Schools in the Public Interest: Environmental Programs in the Northeast
This is the final installment in a series of posts about the public service activities of environmental law programs. There are a lot of law schools in this part of the country; space allows the inclusion of entries from only a few of them:
- A clinic that represents solar power companies, assists communities with climate change adaptation, and investigates fracking.
- A website that comprehensively tracks climate change litigation and regulation.
- An environmental performance index that measures the environmental outcomes in countries around the world.
- A center which convened a collaboration that seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector across 11 states and the District of Columbia.
- A clinic that has worked on precedent-setting environmental crimes cases.
- An institute that produces white papers on the improved use of economic analysis in environmental regulation.
- A U.S.-China environmental law partnership.
- A clinic that represents the Riverkeeper for one of America’s great rivers.
- Participation in federal notice-and-comment rule making.
- A clinic focusing on the areas of water quality, water rights, mining, solid waste disposal, and land use.
These four posts provide only a partial view of what law schools are doing to help address environmental law problems. The individual projects are not necessarily earthshaking stuff, but I think we can all feel some satisfaction about the cumulative impact of all of this work.
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