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Mark N. Templeton : Courses and Seminars

Abrams Environmental Law Clinic
LAWS 67813
The Abrams Environmental Law Clinic attempts to solve some of the most pressing environmental problems in Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the Great Lakes region. There is no requirement for students to take any environmental law class or to have an environmental, science or engineering background before enrolling in the clinic; all are welcome. On behalf of organizational clients and affected persons, the Clinic challenges those who pollute illegally, holds government agencies accountable, advocates for changes to regulations and laws, and promotes innovative approaches for improving the environment. Students develop a number of core advocacy competencies, such as working with clients, spotting issues, conducting factual investigations, performing practical legal research, and advocating through written and oral communications. Students also learn about the range of strategic and tactical approaches used by effective advocates.
Spring 2014
Mark N. Templeton
Abrams Environmental Law Clinic
LAWS 67813
The Abrams Environmental Law clinic attempts to solve some of the most pressing environmental problems throughout Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the Great Lakes region. On behalf of clients, the clinic challenges those who pollute illegally, fights for stricter permits, advocates for changes to regulations and laws, holds environmental agencies accountable, and develops innovative approaches for improving the environment. Through clinic participation, students learn substantive environmental law and procedures for addressing concerns through the courts or administrative tribunals. Students develop a number of core advocacy competencies, such as counseling clients, spotting issues, conducting factual investigations, performing practical legal research, advocating through written and oral communications, planning cases, managing time, and addressing ethical issues and dilemmas. In addition, students develop an appreciation for the range of strategic and tactical approaches that effective advocates use. Some matters will be best resolved in front of a judge, others in an adversarial hearing, others through face-to-face meetings with government officials, and others by putting public pressure on a polluter or administrative agency. Any given matter may require the use of one or more of these approaches simultaneously or sequentially, although in general, the clinic will deploy adversarial approaches to help achieve its clients’ objectives.
Autumn 2013
Mark N. Templeton
Abrams Environmental Law Clinic
LAWS 67813
The Abrams Environmental Law Clinic attempts to solve some of the most pressing environmental problems in Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the Great Lakes region. There is no requirement for students to take any environmental law class or to have an environmental, science or engineering background before enrolling in the clinic; all are welcome. On behalf of organizational clients and affected persons, the Clinic challenges those who pollute illegally, holds government agencies accountable, advocates for changes to regulations and laws, and promotes innovative approaches for improving the environment. Students develop a number of core advocacy competencies, such as working with clients, spotting issues, conducting factual investigations, performing practical legal research, and advocating through written and oral communications. Students also learn about the range of strategic and tactical approaches used by effective advocates.
Winter 2014
Mark N. Templeton
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 begins by reviewing 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 then explores in depth how the common law and the major federal environmental statues (e.g. the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, etc.) address these objectives. The student's grade is based on a final examination.
Winter 2014
Mark N. Templeton