Wayne State University
Nick Schroeck
Nick Schroeck
Director of the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic; Assistant (Clinical) Professor
Room 3259
(313) 577-3943

Education

J.D., Wayne State University Law School
B.A., Elmhurst College

Biography

Nick Schroeck directs and teaches the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic at Wayne State University Law School. In addition, he is executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. Previously, Professor Schroeck worked for the National Wildlife Federation, America's largest conservation organization, out of its Great Lakes Natural Resources Center in Ann Arbor. Prior to joining the federation, he was a Sea Grant Fellow with the Great Lakes Commission. Professor Schroeck is a licensed Michigan attorney and a graduate of Wayne Law. He also holds a bachelor of arts degree in urban studies and political science from Elmhurst College in Illinois.

Courses Taught

Transnational Environmental Law Clinic
Advanced Transnational Environmental Law Clinic
Energy Law: Current Topics Seminar

Accomplishments

August 16, 2014
Nick Schroeck presented "Water Quality: Great Lakes Water Levels and Requests for Water Withdrawal" on Aug. 16 at the national summit of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators held in Minneapolis. The group comprises more than 1,000 legislators from all 50 states and the Canadian province of Ontario.


June 6, 2014
Nick Schroeck is the author, with Wayne Law alumni Ryan Schutte, 2013, and Elizabeth Arnkoff, 2007, of "Hydraulic Fracturing and Protection of Freshwater Resources in the Great Lakes State" published in Vol. 24 Indiana International & Comparative Law Review 113 (2014).


June 5, 2014
Nick Schroeck was a panelist at the June 5, 2014, Ann Arbor SPARK Michigan Energy Forum business training for entrepreneurs. SPARK is a nonprofit geared to encourage economic development.


January 23, 2014
Nick Schroeck taped a TV show, Great Lakes Log, for WMTV about Asian carp and the threat they pose to the Great Lakes.  The program will air Monday through Sunday, Feb. 17-23, at 1:30, 5 and 10:30 p.m. and at 2 a.m. on Comcast channels 5 and 915 in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods, on WOW channel 10 in Grosse Pointe Woods and on AT&T U-verse channel 99 (select Grosse Pointe) in more than 140 communities in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Monroe, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties.


September 30, 2013
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. In addition to his new three-year post on the governing council, he serves as co-chair of the section's Great Lakes and Inland Waters Committee.


September 17, 2013
Nick Schroeck was part of a presentation on a Union of Concerned Scientists webinar to members of its Science Network. The sessions are part of a series to provide training opportunities to strengthen members' communication and advocacy skills. Schroeck's session was "Communicating Science Amid Confusion and Uncertainty: How to Deal with Tough Questions."


May 24, 2013
Nick Schroeck and Stephanie Karisny (Wayne Law, 2012) wrote an article, "Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Management in the Great Lakes," published recently in the Case Western Reserve Law Review.

 


April 30, 2013
Nick Schroeck was a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Four Township Water Resources Council'a annual meeting on April 29.  The council is dedicated to protecting water quality in Barry and Prairieville townships in Barry County and Richland and Ross townships in Kalamazoo County. Schroeck spoke on federal, state and local regulations as they pertain to hydraulic fracturing (fracking), including environmental and health risks and protection, as well as issues involving oil and gas leases and contracts.


April 6, 2013
Nick Schroeck spoke at the Michigan Energy Public Forum in Detroit on March 25. His public comments (limited to 2 minutes) focused on the environmental justice issues faced in Detroit  -- how the impacts of pollution disproportionately impact the poor and people of color.


March 6, 2013
Nick Schroeck kicked off the opening panel on emerging challenges facing Great Lakes governance at Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law's sixth annual Spring Environmental Symposium on the topic of Great Lakes Natural Resource Governance held March 1. (Here's a link to a podcast of the symposium, including Schroeck's panel.) Later this month, Schroeck will bring a Great Lakes perspective to the American Bar Association's 42nd Annual Spring Conference hosted by the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. He'll be discussing stormwater management. The conference is March 21-23 in Salt Lake City.


January 31, 2013
Nick Schroeck will speak at 6 p.m. March 14 at the Great Lakes Regional Training Center at Washtenaw Community College about Great Lakes water rights and conservation and the controversial practice of "fracking" to extract oil and gas from wells. The event will be free and open to the public. Schroeck is the executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, and the event is one in a series sponsored by the WCC Faculty Sustainability Literacy Task Force about environmental issues.


October 16, 2012
Nick Schroeck was selected as the keynote speaker for a conference sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section and East Michigan and West Michigan Chapters of the Air & Waste Management Association.  The conference, called "Michigan Environment in 2012 and Beyond: Developments and Emerging Issues in the Management and Regulation of Air, Water, Energy and Waste," is set for Nov. 14 at Lansing Community College. Schroeck will speak on "Great Lakes Water Law and Policy Update." More information is available at http://www.michbar.org/environmental/pdfs/JointConference2012.pdf.

 


October 10, 2012
Nick Schroeck will make a presentation Oct. 20 on Great Lakes Policy Update during the eighth annual Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference at Marygrove College.


September 10, 2012
Nick Schroeck will be speaking at three different law schools this semester. On Sept. 26, he'll be debating Becky Norton Dunlop of the Heritage Foundation at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee on the issue of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The event is sponsored by the Federalist Society and the Marquette Environmental Law Society. On Nov. 2, Schroeck will speak on a panel at the University of Toledo Law School's Great Lakes Water Conference on the topic of the U.S. and Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. And on Nov. 16, Schroeck will speak at Case Western Law School in Cleveland, Ohio, at a law review symposium. The topic will be on oil and gas development, including fracking. For the symposium, he, with recent alumna Stephanie Karisny, will be publishing an article on the topic in the Case Law Review.


April 3, 2012
Nick Schroeck participated in University of Michigan Law: Environmental Law & Policy Program conference, "Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Oil Pipelines in the Great Lakes Region: Learning from the Enbridge Spill in Marshall, MI" today.

 


April 3, 2012
Nick Schroeck participated in University of Michigan Law: Environmental Law & Policy Program conference, "Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Oil Pipelines in the Great Lakes Region: Learning from the Enbridge Spill in Marshall, MI" today.

 


November 11, 2011
Nick Schroeck was recently named co-chair of the Water Law Committee of the State Bar Environmental Law Section.


November 1, 2011
Nick Schroeck presented the State of the Law update for water law in Michigan at the 2011 State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section meeting held in September.


May 24, 2011
Nick Schroeck co-authored an article with Katherine Storch titled "Asian Carp, Chicago Canal Litigation, and The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Inter‐Basin Study" in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal.


February 1, 2011
Nick Schroeck wrote an article with Kate Brady-Medley on offshore wind that appear in the most recent version of the Michigan Environmental Law Journal.

In The News

August 13, 2014
Nick Schroeck was interviewed for a report on WDET radio titled "Flooding May Be More Common in The Future."

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August 5, 2014
Nick Schroeck was interviewed for a WDET radio report titled "Is Metro Detroit's Water Safe To Drink?"

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July 18, 2014
Nick Schroeck was interviewed for a segment of "Deadline Now" on WGTE Public TV (Ohio) about environmental issues.

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July 8, 2014
Nick Schroeck was quoted in a Metro Times article titled "Detroit's incinerator has folks calling for action."

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June 3, 2014
Nick Schroeck was interviewed for the Craig Fahle Show on WDET radio for a segment titled "New EPA Emissions Standards Expected To Bring Dramatic Changes."

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May 2, 2014
Nick Schroeck was quoted and focused on in a Legal News article titled "Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and law clinic celebrate first five years."

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April 16, 2014
Nick Schroeck was interviewed on "The Craig Fahle Show" on WDET radio for a report titled "The Environmental Impact of I-94 Expansion."

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April 15, 2014
Nick Schroeck was quoted in a World News Network report titled "Wayne Law clinic urges new environmental study for I-94 expansion (Wayne State University)."

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April 11, 2014
Nick Schroeck was quoted in a Legal News story titled "Wayne Law clinic urges new environmental study for I-94 expansion."

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March 31, 2014
Nick Schroeck was interviewed on "The Craig Fahle Show" on WDET radio for a report titled "BP Spills Up to 1,600 Gallons of Oil in Lake Michigan."

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March 26, 2014
Nick Schroeck was quoted in a report in Inside Climate News titled "Why Did ICF Int'l Withdraw From Tar Sands Pipeline Contract with the State Department?"

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February 19, 2014
Nick Schroeck was interviewed for The Craig Fahle Show on WDET radio for a segment titled "Can We Depoliticize Climate Change?"

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February 5, 2014
Nick Schroeck was interviewed for a WDET radio segment titled "Great Lakes the Only Region in the U.S. to Gain Wetlands."

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February 1, 2014
Nick Schroeck was interviewed for a news report on WKYC-TV Cleveland titled "Investigator: Drugs in drinking water higher than expected."

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January 7, 2014
Nick Schroeck was interviewed for a WDET Radio report titled "Plans for keeping invasive Asian carp out of Great Lakes."

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December 12, 2013
Nick Schroeck was quoted in an article in the Daily Mail (United Kingdom) titled "Disturbing levels of HEART DRUGS found in drinking water, says study, as concern for long term health effects grows."

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December 11, 2013
Nick Schroeck was quoted in a New Republic article titled "This New Study Found More Drugs in Our Drinking Water Than Anybody Knew."

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December 5, 2013
Nick Schroeck was interviewed for a Lakeshore Public Television (Indiana) report titled "Pet coke follows expansion of Canadian crude."

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December 2, 2013
Nick Schroeck was interviewed on the Craig Fahle Show on WDET radio for a segment titled "I-94 Expansion Undesirable for Local Environmental Groups."

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December 2, 2013
Nick Schroeck was quoted in an MLive article titled "Group looks to curb Detroit highway expansion plan."

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December 1, 2013
Nick Schroeck was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Removal of I-375 could come as I-94 is widened."

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November 13, 2013
Nick Schroeck  a focus of an article, "Wayne Law professor elected to state bar's environmental section council" in the Legal News.Read Article

November 7, 2013
Nick Schroeck was interviewed by Milwaukee Public Radio for a report titled "As Waukesha Water Diversion Application Moves Forward - Is Great Lakes Compact Up to the Test?"

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October 10, 2013
Nick Schroeck spoke Oct. 9 at a Conway Township meeting about the community's concerns over a local fracking venture. The meeting was reported on by the Livingston Daily in an article titled "Residents fret over fracking impacts," and by WHMI radio in Livingston County.

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September 12, 2013
Nick Schroeck was interviewed about Detroit water quality during a Detroit Public Television broadcast celebrating Great Lakes Week 2013.

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August 15, 2013
Nick Schroeck was interviewed for a Fox 2 news report on the  program called "Let It Rip." The topic was petroleum coke on the Detroit riverfront.

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August 6, 2013
Nick Schroeck was quoted in a UPI article titled "Rep. Peters seeks investigation of petroleum coke near Detroit River."

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August 6, 2013
Nick Schroeck was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Michigan officials concerned about petroleum coke along Detroit River."

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July 31, 2013
Nick Schroeck was quoted in a Michigan Radio report titled "Will Detroit's pet coke piles finally get a permit?"

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July 2, 2013
Nick Schroeck was featured in a Michigan Chronicle article titled "Wayne State Law professor to speak during State of the Detroit River Boat Tour."

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June 20, 2013
Nick Schroeck was interviewed about petroleum coke piles on the Detroit riverfront for the Legal News' Asked & Answered feature.

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June 11, 2013
Nick Schroeck was interviewed for a Michigan Radio report titled "Growing concerns over the impact of Detroit pet coke piles."

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June 4, 2013
Nick Schroeck was interviewed by Craig Fahle on WDET for a report titled "Petroleum Coke Filling the Detroit River."

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May 7, 2013
Nick Schroeck was interviewed by Craig Fahle on WDET for a news segment titled "MDOT Wants To Allow Hazardous Materials To Cross Ambassador Bridge."

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April 19, 2013
Nick Schroeck wrote a column titled "Water under the bridge: Municipalities are reducing combined sewer overflows with green infrastructure," which was published by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

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February 25, 2013
Nick Schroeck wrote an opinion column, "Make conservation compliance part of Farm Bill crop insurance," published in the Detroit Free Press.

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January 28, 2013
Nick Schroeck was quoted in an artile titled "Enbridge Resisting Final Clean-Up of Its Michigan Oil Spill" published in Inside Climate News.

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