This seminar focuses on different types of environmental litigation, including: permit hearings and appeals; enforcement hearings and litigation; rule-making and appeals; citizen suits; Superfund litigation; commercial litigation involving environmental issues; and toxic tort litigation.
The purpose of the course is to provide practical guidance on litigation aspects of a substantive environmental practice. The course will address procedural and administrative law issues as well as substantive issues. The course also will touch on public policy and ethical considerations.
Grading will be based primarily on a 30-page term paper on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the instructor.
For the first ten weeks or so, there will be weekly reading assignments and class discussions; in the remaining sessions, students will present their draft papers.
Prior experience or class work in environmental law is helpful, but is not a prerequisite.