Environmental Law Clinic Argues in Front of Maryland Court of Special Appeals
On January 3, clinic student Stephanie Malchine (3L) argued a long standing environmental law clinic case in front of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Stephanie faced multiple, complicated questions by the panel. She did an excellent job. Other environmental law clinic students that worked on briefs and moot arguments over the last three months include: Galen Rende, Tyler Creevy, Michael Spanos, Ashley Morello, Kyra Wheatley, Michael Sammartino, and Emily Schenning. The entire case team worked under the direction of Professors Seema Kakade and Bill Piermattei.
This case involves the special exception zoning application of a coal ash facility to operate in Prince George’s County. The clinic has opposed the special exception for the coal ash facility on behalf of its client, the Patuxent Riverkeeper, for several years, through both the local zoning administrative agency hearing process as well as on judicial review in Circuit Court last year. Throughout the argument Stephanie Malchine continued to defend the decision of the local government to deny the coal ash facility a license to operate. The coal ash facility has had continued problems with leakage of heavy toxic metals into the local water system. A community member attended the argument and sincerely thanked the students for their hard work on behalf of the local residents and the watershed.