The National Wildlife Federation, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, the Maine Audubon Society, the Maine Wolf Coalition, and Environmental Advocates of New York alleged various violations of the Endangered Species Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, stemming from the federal government’s Final Rule to Reclassify the Gray Wolf. Working with co-counsel, the Clinic represented these organizations in a successful challenge to the reclassification rule.
On August 19, 2005, the United States District Court for the District of Vermont invalidated the rule and remanded it to the Fish and Wildlife Service for reconsideration.
National Wildlife Federation’s ground-breaking lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service challenged the attempt of the Bush Administration to walk away from a multi-year effort to restore the endangered gray wolf in the Northeast. It would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our partners at Vermont Law School’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic.
National Wolf Coordinator
National Wildlife Federation
Plaintiffs' Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment (September 2004)
Plaintiffs’ Reply in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment (December 2004)
U.S. District Court Opinion and Order (August 2005)