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Illegal Permit? Who Are You Going to Call? Your Local Environmental Law Clinic!

Illegal Permit? Who Are You Going to Call? Your Local Environmental Law Clinic!

Law school operated environmental law clinics—in addition to training students—can serve a vital function by expanding the public’s participation in environmental decisionmaking beyond the national precedent-setting cases typically litigated by public-interest law firms. such clinics can help individuals and grass roots organizations participate in the regulatory process on a persistent, decision-by decision basis. Considered individually, most cases that such clinics handle may be of local, rather than national, importance. Cumulatively, however, with law school clinics scattered across the country, the effect may be analogous to water dripping on a stone, slowly wearing down barriers to a more sustainable relationship between industrial facilities and surrounding communities and eco-systems.

by Adam Babich2009 Who you gonna call ELR Article – Download Publication (PDF)