We welcome two new Great Lakes Environmental Law Center fellows for 2017, joining two returning fellows from last year- (L-R, Sabra Bushey, Jasmin M. Haynes, Erin Mette; Joe Regalia not pictured) Sabra Bushey, Wayne Law ’17, returns for a second year as a fellow. She is also a second-year member of the school’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition team and the Board of the Environmental Law Society. She graduated from the University of Maryland,... Read more →

My colleague Nick Schroeck has just published an exciting article exploring new opportunities for environmental law clinics in China. Nick directs Wayne Law's Transnational Environmental Law Clinic and is Executive Director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. In the fall of 2014, Nick traveled to Xi'an China where he taught international environmental law at the Northwest University of Politics & Law as part of a faculty exchange program. While Nick was teaching at NWUPL,... Read more →

Great Lakes Environmental Law Center adds two new attorneys

I am very excited to share news that two superb attorneys have joined us at the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. Oday Salim, most recently Senior Attorney at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, brings the same title to GLELC. Oday was previously a Staff Attorney at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic. Oday is a Wayne Law graduate and was one of my best students. After earning his J.D., he continued... Read more →

Standing on the public trust doctrine

The standing doctrine is one of Justice Scalia’s legacies and has become a powerful tool for keeping environmental citizen suits out of court. A recent federal district court decision in Chicago recognizes the public trust doctrine as a basis for granting citizens standing to sue to protect certain natural resources. The following guest post by Austin Probst gives a brief update on this decision. Austin is a Wayne Law student (JD expected ‘17), member of... Read more →

Waukesha Great Lakes water diversion proposal strongly opposed

A proposal by the Wisconsin City of Waukesha to divert Lake Michigan water out of the Great Lakes basin has generated strong opposition from environmental organizations, which have formed a regional coalition on the issue. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has weighed in with a letter expressing his concerns with the proposal. The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and Wayne State’s Transnational Environmental Law Clinic filed a comment letter authored by Charlotte Johnson, and she... Read more →

Introducing the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center 2015-16 Fellows

Law students and new attorneys are the future of environmental law. We have formalized the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center fellowship program this year, and have four spectacular individuals working with us in 2015-16: Joe Regalia is a postgraduate Research Fellow, currently clerking for Judge Jay Bybee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2013 earning the Daniel Grady... Read more →