Monthly Archives: February 2014

Clinic Amicus Brief Referenced During Supreme Court Oral Argument

During oral argument in UARG v. EPA, the greenhouse gas permitting case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Solicitor General Don Verrilli, arguing on behalf of EPA, cited the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic’s amicus brief. The clinic’s brief was filed on behalf of Calpine Corp., a Fortune 500 utility company, and described and defended the […]

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Professor Lazarus’ Advanced Environmental Law Class Visits Supreme Court

After studying the case and reading the briefing for past four weeks, Professor Lazarus’ Advanced Environmental Law Class traveled down to Washington, D.C. to hear oral arguments in UARG v. EPA. As part of the trip, they also had the opportunity to visit the Chief Justice at the Court after the arguments, and to discuss with […]

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Clinic Files Amicus Briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

On January 28, 2014, the Clinic filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court caseUtility Air Regulatory Group v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  This case involves challenges to EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration program of the Clean Air Act.  Clinic student William Cranch (JD ’15) wrote […]

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Professors Freeman and Lazarus Weigh In on the Greenhouse Gas Case

Both Professor Freeman and Lazarus are actively commentating on and discussing the greenhouse gas case argued today before the Supreme Court. Collectively, they have been interviewed by Washington Post, Bloomberg Sustainability, and NPR’s The Takeaway. (Professor Freeman also commented on the case for SCOTUSblog.) They also both traveled down to D.C. — with students in the Professor Lazarus’ advanced […]

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Prof. Freeman Comments on GHG Cases for SCOTUSblog

Professor Jody Freeman, founder and director of the Environmental Law Program at Harvard Law School, recently wrote an article for entitled “Soft landings and strategic choices” for SCOTUSblog commenting on the greenhouse gas cases in front of the Supreme Court this upcoming Monday. Freeman argues that the case is actually of limited importance, and that […]

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Clinic Files Amicus Briefs in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Regarding Brockton, MA Power Plant

The Clinic filed two amicus briefs on February 14, 2014 in related cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court involving a proposed power plant in Brockton, Massachusetts. In the first case, City of Brockton v. Energy Facilities Siting Board (SJC No. 11406), the questions before the court included whether the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) […]

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