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Environmental Law Clinic


Presently, the clinic is handling approximately 30 administrative and litigation matters involving marine and coastal resource protection, public land management, and water quality. For instance, students in the clinic have worked on cases to:

  • Address the harmful impacts of the offshore California longline and gillnet fisheries on marine mammals, sea turtles, and sea birds.
  • Conserve marine species and habitats along the California coast from the effects of power plant cooling systems and in-shore fishing activities.
  • Prevent large-scale energy development on and industrialization of an Indian sacred site in northeastern California.
  • Protect desert tortoise habitat in Southern California from human development (i.e., a garbage dump on the flanks of Joshua Tree National Park), grazing, and off-road vehicle activities.
  • Preserve water quality in the San Francisco Bay and Delta from unlawful discharges by municipal treatment systems, oil refineries, agricultural interests, the timber industry, and shipping vessels.
  • Enjoin unsustainable logging activities along the North Coast of California.