On January 25th, students in the Environmental Law Clinic attended the final day of a zoning hearing in Prince George’s County on a special exception for a coal ash landfill. Prior to the hearing, students helped prepare for the cross examination of the remaining witnesses by identifying issues that were likely to arise and assembling questions and support on those topics. One student, Catherine McGrath, prepared to present the closing argument opposing the special exception. However, the Zoning Hearing Examiner requested written arguments instead. Ultimately, the experience showed students that the practice of law can be unpredictable and that lawyers often have to anticipate and adapt to the unexpected.