Wayne State University

Transnational Environmental Law Clinic

Wayne Law has partnered with the University of Windsor Law School to create North America’s first Transnational Environmental Law Clinic. The clinic teaches students the skills and strategies needed to affect environmental policy in all three branches of state and federal government. During classroom sessions, students learn about current environmental policy challenges and opportunities and explore these issues from multiple perspectives. In the clinical component, students participate in the lawmaking process by preparing policy papers and formal legislative testimony, commenting on rulemaking and permit decisions, and engaging in judicial review and enforcement litigation.

In all clinical matters, students work with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, a separate 501(c)(3) organization, and on some selected matters may be involved in formally representing other community organizations and public interest groups.

Students take on a wide variety of regional and bilateral environmental legal issues such as air quality, environmental justice, Great Lakes water quality and quantity, invasive species and renewable energy. Transnational Environmental Law Clinic students have:

  • Provided legal assistance to state and national environmental organizations in stopping proposed new coal plants in Michigan
  • Developed a new clean energy funding mechanism for local governments
  • Drafted permit comments and testimony for community and environmental organizations
  • Advocated to protect water quality in the Great Lakes
  • Worked on a variety of pressing environmental justice concerns in Detroit, including water shut-offs for people without the ability to pay

Students must have completed or concurrently be taking Environmental Law (LEX 7231) or obtain advance consent of the instructor prior to enrollment. It is recommended that students also take Administrative Law (LEX 7006). An Advanced Transnational Environmental Law Clinic option is available for students who complete the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic. Interested students should contact Nick Schroeck at nschroeck@wayne.edu.

Call for papers

As part of Wayne Law's partnership with the University of Windsor Law School on the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic, the clinic is sponsoring and partnering with Windsor Law on an upcoming research workshop. Contextualizing Social Justice in International and Transnational Law will be from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at Windsor Law.

Prospective participants are invited to submit papers. Application deadline is Friday, May 6, with notification of acceptance scheduled for Friday, May 20. Draft papers are due by Wednesday, July 27.

Complete details and requirements

Transnational Environmental Law Clinic fall semester 2015

Transnational Environmental Law Clinic fall semester 2015

"Working with Professor Schroeck in the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic offered me the opportunity to experience environmental law as something more than rules and regulations. It provided me with a deeper understanding of how the process really works, as well as greater knowledge about our actual environment and how it is being threatened."

Kenneth Cox
Third-year Wayne Law student

Advocating for justice, serving the community, revitalizing Detroit and Michigan