The Environmental Law Clinic, established in 1987, is part of the school's nationally acclaimed Environmental Law Program and an important part of the University of Maryland's nationally ranked clinical law program. The Environmental Law Clinic (the Clinic) is the largest public interest environmental law firm in the State of Maryland devoted to providing free legal services to support environmental litigation and legal reform that protects the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The goal of the Clinic is to train future environmental lawyers by working to improve and enforce environmental laws and regulations at the state, regional, and national levels.
Welcome 2012-2013 Environmental Law Clinic Student Attorneys!
Jane F. Barrett, the Director of the Environmental Law Clinic, is one of the country's leading environmental litigators, and brings more than thirty years of experience to the Clinic. Professor Barrett, Andrew Keir, staff attorney, and Erin Doran, Matthew Peters, and Emily Eisenrauch, fellows, along with the Clinic's students, handle the clinic's active docket.
2009-10 Clinic students on a tour of the Cox Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant
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Because the Clinic's cases are typically large and complex and are often ongoing for years, students must take the Clinic over two semesters, for four credits per semester and a total of eight credits. The two semester commitment is important to maintain continuity in representing the Clinic's clients and to provide the most meaningful training for our student attorneys. In order to maximize the Environmental Law Clinic student training experience as well as the quality of the Clinic’s client representation, students in the Environmental Law Clinic cannot do externships or Asper fellowships while enrolled in the Environmental Law Clinic.
The Clinic represents numerous environmental associations and civic groups including: the Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc., the Chester River Association, the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, the Cedar Heights Civic Association, the Waterkeeper Alliance, the Environmental Integrity Project, Defenders of Wildlife and Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN).
More about the Clinic's ongoing activities and past successes: