Environmental Law Clinic

Mark Templeton on Illinois' March Toward Clean Energy

Illinois Issues: State Marches Toward Clean Energy
Jake J. Smith
May 18, 2017

The Waukegan Generating Station, owned by NRG Energy, sits on the Lake Michigan shoreline, just one mile from Ortiz’s home. Three years ago, when Ortiz was diagnosed with asthma (a condition that also affects children in 16 percent of households in Lake County, where the plant is located), she began to suspect that emissions from the plant may have been exacerbating her asthma symptoms.

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Mark Templeton on East Chicago Residents Pushing For Say in Cleanup Case

East Chicago residents continue push for say in court case
Craig Lyons
The Chicago Tribune
May 17, 2017

A group of East Chicago residents continue to push for the ability to intervene in court proceedings between federal officials and the companies held responsible for the pollution in the Calumet neighborhood.

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Class Spotlight: Abrams Environmental Law Clinic

Vicki Ekstrom High, Energy Policy Institute
April 25, 2017

Not quite lawyers, yet, but playing the role. That’s the idea behind the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. And, they’re not just acting the part. Students work on real environmental issues for real clients—community groups, advocacy organizations, concerned citizens—who need help advocating before a judge or regulator.

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Mark Templeton on News that IN Superfund Residents Will Receive Water Filters

IDEM to distribute water filters to Superfund residents
Sarah Reese
NWI Times
March 24, 2017

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management will provide water filters for residents of a Superfund site where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently discovered elevated lead levels in drinking water, an IDEM spokesman said Friday.


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Gillian Thomas, "Title VII and Women in the Workplace"

Gillian Thomas, staff attorney at the ACLU Women's Rights Project, will discuss issues in her recently-published book, Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years about Title VII and its effects for women in the workplace.

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If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
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Labor and Employment Law Society
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Public Interest Law Society
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Law Women's Caucus

Abrams Environmental Law Clinic Joins in Petition to EPA to Address Drinking Water Contamination in East Chicago

Lawyers Request EPA Intervention For Lead In East Chicago Water
Annie Ropeik and Nick Janzen
March 2, 2017

A group of lawyers is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to issue an emergency order about lead contamination in drinking water in East Chicago, Indiana.

Mark Templeton on What East Chicago Residents Should Do about the Threat of Lead in Water

February 7, 2017

From NWI Times:

The EPA and city officials have often characterized the problem posed by lead pipes as a legacy issue, the result of choices made up to 100 years ago.

The Future of Regulatory Enforcement: Action From Data

UChicago Law School, Room V
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Bethel Haile: bhaile@uchicago.edu


To ensure clean air and water, enforcing the environmental rules on the books should be a top priority for any administration in Washington. But with shrinking budgets and staff, regulators are forced to find innovation ways to improve compliance of the nation’s environmental laws.

Energy and Environmental Policy in the Trump Administration

Saieh Hall, Room 146
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With Republicans in control of Congress and the White House, most observers are expecting a significant shift in U.S. energy and climate policy in the coming years. President-elect Donald J. Trump has promised a review and rollback of U.S. climate regulations and increased access to fossil fuel resources on public lands. He has also suggested he will renegotiate or withdraw the U.S.

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