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About the Clinic

Take advantage of the opportunity to actually practice environmental law at a time when citizen and state enforcement are absolutely critical. 

The Environmental Litigation Clinic provides student interns with the opportunity to represent public interest environmental groups bringing citizen enforcement actions in state and federal courts on a variety of environmental and land use issues, most often seeking to stop pollution in the Hudson River and surrounding waters. As EPA continues to roll back regulations and defund enforcement of environmental laws, these citizen actions will be the last line of defense in protecting the environment, as well as forcing EPA to do the job it is required to do.  The primary client of the Clinic is Riverkeeper, Inc., and students serve as attorneys for Riverkeeper and other clinic clients by, wherever possible, researching and drafting litigation papers, appearing in court, arguing motions, preparing for and conducting hearings, and all other necessary attorney work.

In addition to the case work, two weekly seminars focus on substantive environmental law and on lawyering skills encountered in major civil litigation. Skill areas include: case planning, integration of facts and law, client counseling, negotiation, drafting legal documents, and pretrial and trial advocacy.