Welcome Back, Students!


Welcome to all the students who came to learn about the Environmental Law Program at our yearly kickoff event! Faculty and staff from the Academic Program, Emmett Clinic, and Environmental Policy Initiative spoke about the exciting projects we’re working on this year.

ELP Fellow and 3L student Gina Angiolillo said “The reception was a really great showing of how strong the environmental community is on campus – I loved seeing so many familiar faces in the crowd. There were a wide array of interests represented, from food to water issues, academic scholarship, and clinic practice. There was definitely a sense of excitement for the coming year both among the 1Ls and returning students.”

Jody Freeman, Professor and founding director of ELP, made introductions and gave an overview of the ELP while attendees enjoyed drinks, a taco bar, and dessert. “What a fantastic turnout for our kickoff!” Freeman said. “It was great to see the mix of 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls. And the number of faculty from across HLS was terrific, and all our related programs. It feels like there is a special buzz this year.”

Professor Richard Lazarus spoke of his excitement to work with new students this year, and encouraged them to get involved. “Don’t be passive during your time here. Take full advantage of all that the HLS Environmental Law Program has to offer, in an extraordinary array of classes, student organizations, and working closely with faculty.”

Professor Wendy Jacobs, director of the Emmett Clinic, welcomed students and invited them to join the clinic to engage in the practice of law on a broad variety of projects. “Whether you want to try litigation, sample administrative or regulatory work, draft manuals to guide non-lawyers through complex legal issues, or fight to preserve the role of science in decision-making, this Clinic has something for you!  You don’t need previous experience – we have work appropriate for all skill levels, even for 1Ls.”

ELP Executive Director Kate Konschnik invited students to meet with her to learn more about EPI – our “policy shop.” She described EPI’s substantial work with unconventional oil and gas, electricity law and policy, and water issues, and the different levels of engagement available to students.

Thank you to all the students who took time out of their busy beginning-of-the-year schedules to talk to us about the ELP!

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