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Mark N. Templeton : Courses and Seminars

Abrams Environmental Law Clinic
LAWS 67813
Primarily through litigation, students in the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic work to address climate change, water pollution and legacy contamination and to protect natural resources and human health. To date, the Clinic has focused on holding accountable natural resource extraction companies for actual or anticipated damage to the environment, as well as the government agencies that permit such activities. The Clinic has also recently become more involved in the development and implementation of rules and regulations regarding climate change, renewable energy, and energy efficiency, with an eye toward future litigation on these issues. Clinic students engage in a wide variety of activities to learn practical legal skills, from conducting factual investigations, to interviewing witnesses and preparing affidavits, to reviewing administrative determinations, to drafting motions, to conducting depositions, to working with experts, to arguing motions and to presenting at trial or an administrative hearing. The Clinic generally represents regional and national environmental organizations and works with co-counsel, thus exposing students to the staff of these organizations and other experienced environmental lawyers. The Clinic may also engage in legislative reform and rule-making efforts; students interested solely in that kind of work should notify the instructor before joining the clinic, if possible. While it helps for students to have taken or be taking one or more of Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Evidence, or Trial Advocacy, these courses are not pre-requisites or co-requisites. A student should plan to enroll in the clinic for two credits per quarter, although he or she may enroll for one or three credits per quarter after consultation with clinic faculty.
Autumn 2015
Mark N. Templeton, Sean Helle
Greenberg Seminar: The Natural History of Chicago
LAWS 95902
Since the arrival of European settlers in the late 17th Century, human activity has worked great changes on the environment of the Chicago region, and yet, the environment continues to influence human – especially economic – activity in the region. This seminar will examine the interaction of economic development and ecological systems in the Chicago region. Topics may include the influence of Daniel Burnham’s “Plan of Chicago” and contemporary debates about the use of Chicago’s public spaces, prairie restoration and its controversies, and the future of the Great Lakes watershed. At least one of the seminar’s meetings will occur at and include a tour of a Cook County Forest Preserve; students will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to the Preserve. Meets Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016 only (credit cannot be allocated to Winter). Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2015
Mark N. Templeton, Thomas J. Miles
Abrams Environmental Law Clinic
LAWS 67813
Primarily through litigation, students in the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic work to address climate change, water pollution and legacy contamination and to protect natural resources and human health. To date, the Clinic has focused on holding accountable natural resource extraction companies for actual or anticipated damage to the environment, as well as the government agencies that permit such activities. The Clinic has also recently become more involved in the development and implementation of rules and regulations regarding climate change, renewable energy, and energy efficiency, with an eye toward future litigation on these issues. Clinic students engage in a wide variety of activities to learn practical legal skills, from conducting factual investigations, to interviewing witnesses and preparing affidavits, to reviewing administrative determinations, to drafting motions, to conducting depositions, to working with experts, to arguing motions and to presenting at trial or an administrative hearing. The Clinic generally represents regional and national environmental organizations and works with co-counsel, thus exposing students to the staff of these organizations and other experienced environmental lawyers. The Clinic may also engage in legislative reform and rule-making efforts; students interested solely in that kind of work should notify the instructor before joining the clinic, if possible. While it helps for students to have taken or be taking one or more of Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Evidence, or Trial Advocacy, these courses are not pre-requisites or co-requisites. A student should plan to enroll in the clinic for two credits per quarter, although he or she may enroll for one or three credits per quarter after consultation with clinic faculty.
Winter 2016
Mark N. Templeton, Sean Helle
Environmental Law
LAWS 46001
This course introduces students to the laws, policies and theories related to environmental protection in the United States. No environmental, engineering or science background is required, and it is not necessary to take Administrative Law before or during enrollment in this course. The course reviews different, and often competing, objectives related to the environment: development and use of natural resources, preservation of nature, protection of human health, economic efficiency, and distributional equity. The course explores in depth how the common law and the major federal environmental statues (e.g. the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, etc.) address these objectives. The student's grade is based on a final examination.
Winter 2016
Mark N. Templeton
Greenberg Seminar: The Natural History of Chicago
LAWS 95902
Since the arrival of European settlers in the late 17th Century, human activity has worked great changes on the environment of the Chicago region, and yet, the environment continues to influence human – especially economic – activity in the region. This seminar will examine the interaction of economic development and ecological systems in the Chicago region. Topics may include the influence of Daniel Burnham’s “Plan of Chicago” and contemporary debates about the use of Chicago’s public spaces, prairie restoration and its controversies, and the future of the Great Lakes watershed. At least one of the seminar’s meetings will occur at and include a tour of a Cook County Forest Preserve; students will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to the Preserve. Meets Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016 only (credit cannot be allocated to Winter). Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2016
Mark N. Templeton, Thomas J. Miles
Abrams Environmental Law Clinic
LAWS 67813
Primarily through litigation, students in the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic work to address climate change, water pollution and legacy contamination and to protect natural resources and human health. To date, the Clinic has focused on holding accountable natural resource extraction companies for actual or anticipated damage to the environment, as well as the government agencies that permit such activities. The Clinic has also recently become more involved in the development and implementation of rules and regulations regarding climate change, renewable energy, and energy efficiency, with an eye toward future litigation on these issues. Clinic students engage in a wide variety of activities to learn practical legal skills, from conducting factual investigations, to interviewing witnesses and preparing affidavits, to reviewing administrative determinations, to drafting motions, to conducting depositions, to working with experts, to arguing motions and to presenting at trial or an administrative hearing. The Clinic generally represents regional and national environmental organizations and works with co-counsel, thus exposing students to the staff of these organizations and other experienced environmental lawyers. The Clinic may also engage in legislative reform and rule-making efforts; students interested solely in that kind of work should notify the instructor before joining the clinic, if possible. While it helps for students to have taken or be taking one or more of Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Evidence, or Trial Advocacy, these courses are not pre-requisites or co-requisites. A student should plan to enroll in the clinic for two credits per quarter, although he or she may enroll for one or three credits per quarter after consultation with clinic faculty.
Spring 2016
Mark N. Templeton, Sean Helle
Greenberg Seminar: The Natural History of Chicago
LAWS 95902
Since the arrival of European settlers in the late 17th Century, human activity has worked great changes on the environment of the Chicago region, and yet, the environment continues to influence human – especially economic – activity in the region. This seminar will examine the interaction of economic development and ecological systems in the Chicago region. Topics may include the influence of Daniel Burnham’s “Plan of Chicago” and contemporary debates about the use of Chicago’s public spaces, prairie restoration and its controversies, and the future of the Great Lakes watershed. At least one of the seminar’s meetings will occur at and include a tour of a Cook County Forest Preserve; students will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to the Preserve. Meets Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016 only (credit cannot be allocated to Winter). Graded Pass/Fail.
Spring 2016
Mark N. Templeton, Thomas J. Miles