Category Archives: Clinic News

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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Clinic’s Shaun Goho Authors Paper on the Legal Implications of Report-Back in Household Exposure Studies

Staff Attorney Shaun Goho recently authored a paper that was accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives entitled The Legal Implications of Report-Back in Household Exposure Studies. In a household exposure study, researchers sample the air or dust in a home and analyze those samples to determine the presence and concentration of […]

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Clinic Submits Comments in Massachusetts Grid Modernization Proceedings and Electric Rate Case

In April 2016, the Clinic submitted comments to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (“DPU”) in grid modernization proceedings and an electric rate case. The Clinic asked DPU to apply a holistic energy justice perspective to decisions affecting electricity rates and the integration of, and access to, innovative technologies to the electric grid. The Clinic […]

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Clinic and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Release Fisheries Co-Management Paper

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, in collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), released a new report entitled Fisheries Co-Management in the United States: Incentives, Not Legal Changes, Key, which finds that legal or regulatory barriers to the co-management of fisheries are largely non-existent or easily navigated where stakeholder support exists. Co-management is a […]

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