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Wayne Law professor elected to state bar's environmental section council

September 30, 2013

DETROIT – Wayne State University Law School Professor Nick Schroeck has been elected by his peers to a seat on the State Bar of Michigan’s Environmental Law Section Council.

He’s the only public-interest attorney and academic on the council.

Schroeck, a Bloomfield Township resident and 2007 alumnus of Wayne Law, directs the school’s Transnational Environmental Law Clinic and is executive director of the nonprofit Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.

The State Bar’s environmental law section offers education, information and analysis of issues through public service programs and publication of the Michigan Environmental Law Journal. Schroeck has been active with the group for years. In addition to his new three-year post on its governing council, he serves as co-chair of the section’s Great Lakes and Inland Waters Committee.

Nominees for the council are chosen by a committee and then are selected by a vote of the section’s members. Schroeck said he’s honored to be chosen, and that he has some definite goals for the group.

“I would like to help increase the programmatic offerings of the section,” he said. “Another goal of mine is increasing the engagement with law students. I want to help law students get involved with the section, both in law school and once they are in practice. There are lots of great learning and networking opportunities for law students and young lawyers.”

He said he hopes to hold some of the section’s programs at Wayne Law in the coming year.

“Beyond that, I want to help make the section responsive to members and help to provide excellent educational opportunities for section members so that we can always continue learning and providing great services to clients in the private and public sectors.”

Schroeck frequently speaks at meetings and conferences and appears in the media as an expert on high-profile environmental law issues, including the dispute over how to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, the controversy over oil and gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and the recent concerns over petroleum coke piles stored in the open on the Detroit River shoreline.

In May, Schroeck received the Recent Alumni Award from Wayne State University’s alumni association for outstanding professional achievement, community contributions and service to the university.

Schroeck has worked for the National Wildlife Federation, America's largest conservation organization, out of their Great Lakes Natural Resources Center in Ann Arbor. He also was a Sea Grant Fellow with the Great Lakes Commission. Schroeck earned his bachelor’s degree in urban studies and political science from Elmhurst College in Illinois.

Fracking and how it affects Michigan’s water resources will be the topic of a webinar at noon Tuesday, Oct. 15, hosted by the State Bar’s Environmental Law Section Committee under Schroeck’s leadership. For details about logging in to participate, visit www.michbar.org/environmental.

 

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