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The Environmental Law & Policy Clinic at 10

Collectively, clinic students have provided almost 35,000 of pro bono service hours to clients, usually nonprofit and grassroots community groups, at a value in excess of $2.25 million, while amassing a significant record of advocacy success. After graduation, they go on to jobs across the nation and internationally in private environmental law practice and consulting, government, academia, and in public-interest advocacy with such organizations as the Environmental Law Institute, Earthjustice, and the Property and Environment Research Center.

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Illustration of water tower imposed with skull that reads Flint Water PlantFlint crisis yields lessons in social justice, law, and policy
Recognizing the Flint tragedy as a perfect case study of failings in a range of areas, from human rights and environmental justice to government accountability, Duke Law’s clinical faculty designed an innovative new class to help students learn how lawyers and policymakers can address problems of social justice.

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  • Michelle Nowlin portrait
    Clinical Professor of Law, Co-Director, Environmental Law and Policy Clinic

    Nowlin is the co-director and senior lecturing fellow for the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. She supervises clinic students from the Law School and the Nicholas School of the Environment and co-teaches the seminar portion of the clinic. She also teaches a course in food and agricultural law and policy.