ENVIRONMENTAL CLINIC – 6 credits (application required)
Fall 2016, Thursday, 2:15-4:05 PM
Taught by: Kelly Haragan
Students in the Environmental Clinic work to improve environmental quality and public health in low-income communities in Texas. The Clinic’s projects include cases in federal and state courts, as well as permitting and rulemaking proceedings before administrative agencies. Our clients include low-income individuals and communities who are exposed to high cumulative levels of pollution, local governments, and nongovernmental organizations.
Recent cases have included:
• Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act citizen suits in federal court for unauthorized pollution,
• A Fifth Circuit amicus brief on behalf of the City of Houston with respect to illegal air emissions
• a National Environmental Policy Act enforcement action and Title VI civil rights complaint regarding the construction of a new highway through a low-income neighborhood,
• Contested case hearings regarding new pollution permits, and
• Comments and litigation regarding federal Environmental Protection Agency rulemakings.
Students work as part of a team, under faculty supervision, and directly participate in litigation and advocacy. Student clinical work includes:
• Communicating effectively with clients, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and environmental agencies;
• Conducting factual investigation and analysis;
• Drafting memos, pleadings and motions, discovery documents, and comments on federal rulemakings;
• Assisting with trials and administrative contested case hearings; and
• Crafting creative solutions, including settlement proposals, to reduce pollution exposure and protect public health.
Students also participate in a seminar in which they discuss substantive environmental laws and federal procedure, administrative law practice, and the ethical and social issues involved in representing clients on environmental matters. As part of the seminar, students also practice their research, writing, and public speaking skills.
The Clinic is graded on a pass/fail basis. Students must complete and document approximately fifteen hours of clinical work per week, in addition to class meetings and preparation time. The clinic class meets for approximately two hours per week. In addition, team meetings will be scheduled for one hour per week. There is no prerequisite for the Clinic.
To apply for the Clinic, please submit the online application, available on the UT Law Clinical Education homepage (https://law.utexas.edu/clinics/). The deadline for submitting applications and for early registration is April 1, 2016 at 12 p.m. For additional information regarding the clinic, please contact: Kelly Haragan (firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-232-2654).