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Our Students' Work

Students in the Environmental Law Clinic have the opportunity to work on many different kinds of cases.  Our students have recently authored or co-authored briefs, letters, and other documents in cases aimed at:

  • Preserving the historic Presidio in San Francisco
    Our students represent the Presidio Historical Association, which is working to save the Presidio from a plan that would commercialize, and forever change, that historic park in the heart of San Francisco.

  • Enforcing California's Environmental Quality Act
    Our students represent Landwatch San Luis Obispo County in a case challenging the unpermitted construction of a desalination plant near Cambria, California. Despite the need for long-term and deliberative planning about how to best manage Cambria’s spare water resources, the project was hastily built without the environmental review required by CEQA.

  • Defending and improving California's climate change laws (AB 32)
    Our students recently prepared and submitted comments on California's proposed Mine Methane Capture Compliance Offset Protocol, a potential component of California's cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases. Our students have also authored amicus briefs aimed at defending California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, another part of California's effort to address climate change, against constitutional and statutory challenges. The students wrote the briefs on behalf of preeminent climate change and lifecycle analysis scientists.

  • Protecting salmon habitat in Marin County, California
    Our students successfully represented the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) in its efforts to 
    preserve the last remaining habitat of the critically imperiled Central California Coast coho salmon in Marin County, California.

  • Cleaning up stormwater in Los Angeles
    Our students wrote an amicus brief on behalf of two professors in this case challenging Los Angeles County's compliance with its stormwater discharge permit.