Advanced Environmental Protection Clinic: Fieldwork: Practice and the Intersection of Civil Rights and Environmental Law (30206). 1 to 4 units. Students will have the opportunity to continue the development of Yale Law School’s new Environmental Justice Clinic and to develop a docket to challenge racial and economic inequality in the distribution of environmental benefits and burdens. In the wake of a national conversation about the water crisis in Flint and lead poisoning across the country, as well as the rollback of environmental protections at the national level, students will continue to be in on the ground floor as the Clinic represents clients challenging inequality in the distribution of health hazards as well as procedural inequities they face as they seek to assert their own vision for the future of their neighborhoods, towns and cities. The Clinic’s work includes cases and advocacy projects to enforce civil rights in the environmental context and to address issues of environmental injustice in particular communities.
Students will work in teams under faculty supervision and take responsibility for litigation and advocacy. Their activities will include the following:
• Working directly with clients, co-counsel, opposing counsel, allies, environmental agencies, and EPA;
• Developing case records by conducting factual investigation and working with experts;
• Legal analysis, memos, pleadings and drafting other legal documents (such as public disclosure requests, comments on federal rules, etc.);
• Representation of clients;
• Negotiations and settlement;
• Developing the Clinic’s intake and referral system, communications capacity, and outreach effort.
In addition to civil rights compliance and enforcement in the environmental context, the Clinic will evaluate potential litigation and advocacy to address the sources and impacts of air and water contamination in disproportionately affected communities, with a focus on communities in Connecticut.
In addition to civil rights compliance and enforcement in the environmental context, the Clinic will evaluate potentioal litigation and advocacy to address the sources and impacts of air and water contamination in disproportionately affected communities, with a focus on communities in Connecticut.
Students may also participate in an Advanced Seminar intended to continue exploring issues raised by the clinical practice, including both substantive issues of environmental and civil rights law, as well as questions related to practice, including ethical and social dimensions of lawyering in this context. The seminar will meet approximately one hour per week. Advanced Fieldwork participants must complete and document hours of clinical work per week commensurate with their credit hours. Students will also be expected to participate in weekly one-half hour team meetings. Previous participation in the EJ Clinic is a prerequisite for Advanced Fieldwork. Permission of the instructor required. Also F&ES. M.E. Lado.
Course Bidding: Open only to students who completed the Fall clinic. In addition to listing this clinic among experiential course selections, previous EJ Clinic students should submit a short statement expressing continued interest in the clinic to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 7 at 4:30 p.m. Students may also upload a copy of their statement to YLS: Courses by the close of the bidding period.