Category Archives: Clinic News

Clinic Submits Comments Opposing ESA Petition from Property Rights Group

On June 6, 2018, the Clinic submitted comments to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service opposing a petition from the Pacific Legal Foundation to establish regulatory definitions for the terms “species” and “subspecies” under the Endangered Species Act.  The Clinic’s comments, on behalf of several eminent biologists including Professor James […]

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Emmett Clinic Files Brief Supporting Chlorpyrifos Ban

The Emmett Clinic filed an amicus brief today in a 9th Circuit case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to ban agricultural uses of the organophosphate chlorpyrifos.  In 2016, EPA had proposed to remove all food tolerances for chlorpyrifos under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act—an action that would have prohibited all use of the […]

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Clinic Releases Report on How to Address Climate Change in the Farm Bill

December, 2017 – The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic has released its new report, “Opportunities to Address Climate Change in the Farm Bill”, which summarizes the Clinic’s proposals for how to address climate change in the Farm Bill, both during the current authorization process and in the future.  The report provides recommendations for both climate mitigation […]

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Emmett Clinic Files Brief Urging Public Disclosure of Agency Science Documents

On November 20, 2017, the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic filed a brief in the Ninth Circuit supporting the release of important agency scientific documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Clinic filed the amicus brief on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists in a case involving draft Endangered Species Act […]

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Clinic Releases Report on Sampling Household Tap Water for Lead Contamination

November, 2017 – The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic has released its new report, “Detecting Lead In Household Tap Water: Sampling Procedures for Water Utilities,” which makes recommendations for how water utilities should sample household tap water to monitor the level of lead in their customers’ drinking water. The paper primarily focuses on sampling carried […]

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Climate Solutions Living Lab Course and Research Project

A new three-year interactive, multi-disciplinary Climate Solutions Living Lab course and research project led by Clinical Professor and Director of Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Wendy Jacobs, will focus on studying and designing practical solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions at Harvard, in neighboring communities, elsewhere in United States, and abroad. […]

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Emmett Clinic Hosts Workshop on Citizen Science

The Emmett Clinic released its Manual for Citizen Scientists Starting or Participating in Data Collection and Environmental Monitoring Projects in September, 2017. Building on this work, on October 13, 2017, the Clinic, together with the Environmental Defense Fund and the Environmental Law Institute convened a workshop called “Citizen Science and Environmental Protection.” The workshop brought together representatives […]

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Emmett Clinic Releases Citizen Scientist Manual

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic is pleased to share our Manual for Citizen Scientists Starting or Participating in Data Collection and Environmental Monitoring Projects. We developed this manual to support people who are researching and responding to public health and environmental concerns. Whether collecting, generating, analyzing, or distributing information, citizens from all backgrounds […]

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Clinic Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Former AGs in the Exxon Mobil Challenge to an Investigation by Current AG Maura Healey

On June 7, 2017, the Clinic filed an amicus brief on behalf of five former Massachusetts attorneys general in defense of a critical investigative tool known as a civil investigative demand (“CID”).  The case involves a claim by Exxon Mobil that the current AG, Maura Healey, should not be allowed to use a CID to compel […]

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Clinic Director Jacobs Discusses Living Lab Initiatives in Harvard Gazette

Clinic Director Wendy Jacobs was featured in an October 6, 2016 article in the Harvard Gazette on the University’s Living Lab Initiatives. Professor Jacobs will be leading the Climate Solutions Living Lab Course and Research Project, which is designed to bring together students from across the university in interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative approaches for […]

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