Environmental Advocacy Clinic
The Environmental Advocacy Clinic is an in-house clinic that operates as a public interest law office, teaching students how to be lawyers by representing clients in need. Clinical experience helps students become well-rounded, skilled professionals who can develop arguments and claims from the ground up, explore strategies and options, and communicate effectively with clients, courts, agency officials, scientific experts, and opposing parties. This year, the Clinic launched an exciting partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, one of the nation’s largest and most influential conservation organizations, to represent the Federation on its national legal advocacy work.
In the Clinic, students serve as the lead attorney, supervised by an experienced lawyer, representing the National Wildlife Federation, other leading conservation organizations, and local community groups to promote access to justice on important environmental and natural resources issues. We’ve created positive outcomes for clients in a variety of areas including:
The Clinic opened its doors to students and clients in August 2003 as the Environmental and Natural Resources Clinic with a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Jim Murphy serves as Director in addition to his position as Legal Advocacy Director at the National Wildlife Federation. The faculty of the Environmental Advocacy Clinic, Patrick Parenteau, Rachel Stevens, and Mason Overstreet have many years of experience in environmental litigation and advocacy.