The Environmental Clinic is part of the school's nationally acclaimed environmental law program and is a primary way of meeting the requirements for students to receive a certificate of concentration in that area. Students hoping to take the Clinic in order to satisfy certificate requirements should note that fact in their registration materials. However, the Clinic is also an appropriate choice for students interested in an administrative, legislative, and litigation practice involving health and safety regulation at both the federal and state levels. Because the Clinicís cases are typically large and complex, lasting for years, as opposed to weeks or months, students must take the Clinic over two semesters, for four credits per semester and a total of eight credits. Students will work under the supervision of Professor Jane Barrett, Director of the Environmental Law Clinic. The Clinic undertakes advocacy on behalf of its clients in virtually every legal context, including litigation, legislation, rulemaking, counseling, and negotiation. The Clinicís caseload changes each year. The Clinic also has provided legal counsel to Senator Brian Frosh, formerly Chairman of the state Senate Environment Subcommittee and now chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee. In the fall of 2002, at Senator Froshís request, student attorneys completed a comprehensive and influential report on Marylandís most pressing environmental problems entitled Keeping Pace: Marylandís Most Important Environmental Problems and What We Can Do to Solve Them. The Environmental Law Programís web page contains a link to the PDF version of this report, and prospective students are urged to review it before deciding whether to enroll in the Clinic.
Student attorneys represent the Potomac Riverkeeper, an organization of local citizens that is licensed by the national riverkeeper alliance, with respect to a broad array of water quality issues in and around the Chesapeake Bay. They provided legal counsel to the Aberdeen Proving Ground Superfund Citizensí Coalition with respect to environmental problems at the 79,000-acre Army base and munitions testing facility in northeastern Maryland. The Clinic represents the Natural Resources Defense Council in precedent setting litigation challenging EPAís failure to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service with respect to the threat posed by atrazine, a common herbicide, to endangered species across the country.
For historical information about past projects, see the Environmental Law Programís semi-annual newsletter. This clinic satisfies the Cardin Requirement.
Students who enroll in this course are required to attend a full, one day Law Practice Orientation Program.
C: or P: Environmental Law
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Spring, 2014 (Day).