Category Archives: Clinic News

Clinical Voices: Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic

Leah Cohen speaks about her experiences in the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic.

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Clinic Student Presents Oral Argument in Solar Licensing Case

On October 18, 2011, Environmental Law & Policy Clinic student Rachel Heron (JD ’12) presented a 3-hour oral argument on a motion for summary decision in an important, precedent-setting administrative proceeding concerning the right of renewable energy companies to conduct business and install solar photovoltaic systems in Massachusetts.  The companies are being challenged by the […]

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ELPC Releases “Legal Options for Municipal Climate Adaptation in South Boston.”

On August 30, 2011, the Clinic issued a white paper, “Legal Options for Municipal Climate Adaptation in South Boston.”  The paper was produced as part of the Clinic’s ongoing collaboration with the City of Boston in the City’s climate adaptation planning.  It analyzes legal options available to the City to respond to the effects of […]

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Clinic Prevails on Motion to Dismiss in Solar Licensing Litigation

Superior Court Justice Janet Sanders today denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss in the case Carroll v. Board of State Examiners of Electricians.  In this case, the Clinic is representing general contractors whose ability to continue contracting for and supervising rooftop solar photovoltaic installations has been threatened by a decision of the Massachusetts Board of […]

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ELPC Releases “An Ohio Landowner’s Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing”

On May 24, 2011, the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic released “An Ohio Landowner’s Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing.”  This guide is intended to help landowners who are approached by a natural gas company to negotiate a lease for the right to extract natural gas by hydraulic fracturing from their property.  It includes suggestions for […]

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ELPC Comments on Proposed Changes to School Lunch Program Nutrition Standards

Today, the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic submitted comments to the Department of Agriculture on its proposed changes to nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.  The Clinic’s comments urge the Department (1) to require a daily vegetarian option to protect the health of students with religious dietary restrictions, (2) […]

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ELPC Student Speaks at Hydraulic Fracturing Conference

Clinic student Rachel Heron (JD ’12) spoke today at the conference Hydrofracking: Exploring the Legal Issues in the Context of Politics, Science, and the Economy, hosted by the University of Buffalo Law School.  Her talk, “Was Hydraulic Fracturing in the Contemplation of the Parties to Old Severance Deeds?” examined legal theories that might allow surface […]

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Clinic Releases Proposed Liability Framework for Geological Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide

Today, the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic released a working paper entitled “Proposed Liability Framework for Geological Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide,” and a model statute, the CCS Liability Act of 2010.  The paper proposes a detailed liability framework to provide certainty, assuage public concerns, and remove barriers to these projects.  In particular, the proposal […]

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Summary Report of Expert Workshop Addressing CCS Liability, Oversight, and Trust Fund Issues

The Clinic released the summary report from an expert workshop that it hosted in Washington, DC, on June 21, 2010.  At that workshop, the Clinic brought over 35 leading experts from the U.S. and Canada to address CCS liability, oversight, and trust fund issues.  The summary report represents a synthesis of the main points and […]

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Workshop on the Ethics of Reporting Personal Environmental Exposures

On September 21, 2010, the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic co-hosted a day-long workshop on the ethical and legal challenges of communicating personal results to participants in biomonitoring and environmental exposure studies.  These studies raise a number of ethical questions about whether and how to communicate results to participants, particularly when the health implications […]

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