Nicholas Schroeck

Nicholas Schroeck

Director of the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic; Assistant Professor (Clinical)

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Nicholas Schroeck

Biography

Nick Schroeck, director of the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic, teaches the clinic, advanced clinic, Environmental Law and Energy Law Current Topics Seminar at Wayne State University Law School. In addition to his teaching, Schroeck supervises clinic student attorneys on a variety of environmental law and policy matters. He also serves as co-director of community outreach and engagement at the university's Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors.

Schroeck has represented the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Michigan Environmental Council, National Wildlife Federation and Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, among others. Licensed to practice in Michigan, he has litigated cases before administrative tribunals; in Circuit Court, Court of Appeals and state Supreme Court; and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. His areas of expertise include air pollution, water pollution, environmental justice, transportation and citizen suit enforcement.

He is a sought-after expert and commentator on environmental matters. Schroeck is a regular in-studio guest on WDET-FM 101.9 in Detroit, and he is frequently quoted by The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. He has provided analysis for The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time and National Public Radio, including a featured appearance on “Science Friday.”

In 2014, Schroeck was a visiting professor at the Northwest University of Politics and Law in Xi'an China, teaching International Environmental Law. He also has taught International Environmental Law for Southwestern Law School's Vancouver Study Abroad program at the University of British Columbia.

Previously, Schroeck was executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, a 501(c)(3) public interest law organization that works in partnership with the clinic. Prior to leading the Center, he was a regional representative and attorney for the National Wildlife Federation, America's largest conservation organization, out of its Great Lakes Natural Resources Center in Ann Arbor. Before joining the federation, he was a Sea Grant Fellow with the Great Lakes Commission. During law school, Schroeck interned with the Michigan Attorney General's office, where he assisted with the prosecution of environmental crimes. He also served as a student attorney and as board secretary of the Free Legal Aid Clinic. Prior to law school, Schroeck worked in electoral politics as a field coordinator on the 2002 Connecticut governor's race and as a paralegal at a law firm in Washington, D.C.

Schroeck is a graduate of Wayne Law. He also holds a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, in urban studies and political science from Elmhurst College in Illinois. While at Elmhurst, he had the distinction to study for a year in the Politics Honors College at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

An avid reader, Schroeck enjoys travel, gardening and cooking with his wife, Elizabeth, who is a third-grade teacher in Rochester. Proud supporters of Detroit's cultural gems, you are likely to run into them at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Symphony Orchestra or Detroit Lions games. 

Community service

  • Co-chair, Great Lakes and Inland Waters Committee, State Bar of Michigan, Environmental Section
  • Advisory Board, National Sea Grant Law Center
  • Steering Committee, Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments
  • Director, East Michigan Environmental Action Council
  • Legal Advisor, Detroit Sound Conservancy
  • Member, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and Michigan Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

Awards and honors

  • Sierra Club, Michigan Chapter, White Pine Award, August 2014
  • Wayne State University Alumni Association, Recent Alumni Award, May 2012

Degrees and Certifications

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

Courses Taught

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

Selected Publications

"Microplastic Pollution in the Great Lakes: State, Federal, and Common Law Solutions" (forthcoming)

A Changing Environment in China: The Ripe Opportunity for Environmental Law Clinics to Increase Public Participation and to Shape Law and Policy, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, Winter 2016

What is a Pond? Michigan Court of Appeals interprets 'Waters of the State' Under Michigan Law, (With Justin Sterk), Michigan Environmental Law Journal, Summer 2015

Petroleum Coke in the Urban Environment, A Review of Potential Health Effects, (co-author), International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Spring 2015

"Hydraulic Fracturing and Protection of Freshwater Resources in the Great Lakes State," (With Ryan Schutte and Elizabeth Arnkoff), Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, Volume 24, Issue 113, Spring 2014

Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Management in the Great Lakes, (With Stephanie Karisny), Case Western Reserve Law Review, Volume 63, Issue 4, Summer 2013

Accomplishments

  • Nicholas Schroeck

    led a tour of Southwest Detroit and Dearborn for the Health and Environmental Funders Network. 

  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was featured in an interview with Great Lakes Now. In it he discusses Enbridge’s Line 5 Pipeline. Watch the video here

  • Nicholas Schroeck

    presented, "The Spirit of Detroit-Ensuring that Voices are Heard" at the Quality of Life 2017 Leadership Academy presented by the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development. 

  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was part of a panel discussing, "Health Equity at Industrial Scale: the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act under the Trump Administration." The event was held at the University of Michigan.

  • Nicholas Schroeck

    moderated a community environmental health chat titled, "Getting the Lead Out: Detroit Perspectives." It was sponsored by The Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES). 

  • Nicholas Schroeck

    spoke on a panel at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Colloquium of the Academy of Environmental Law in Oslo, Norway. His topic was, "Multijurisdictional response to Lake Erie Algae: International, Federal, State and Provincial legal strategies for combating nutrient pollution in the Great Lakes."

  • Nicholas Schroeck

    spoke on a panel for the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources conference "Urban Infrastructure: Water, Energy & Emissions in Detroit." The title of his panel discussion was "Clearing the Air: Industrial Emissions, Human Health and Pending Lawsuits."

In the news

  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was interviewed by WDET for its report, “Michigan Could Be on the Verge of Another Drinking Water Crisis.” 

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on Heritage Radio Network’s Eating Matters discussing the Nestle permitting decision, Flint water crisis and water conservation.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted in a report for Great Lakes Now, “Toxic cleanup of the Detroit River: ‘A snail’s pace.’”

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    wrote “Why Michigan needs to draw more revenue from its booming bottled water industry” for The Conversation. WTOP (Washington D.C.), San Francisco Chronicle, Danbury News Times (Danbury, Conn.), Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Connecticut Post, Beaumont Enterprise (Beaumont, Texas) and San Antonio Express News also picked up the article.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest of a special edition of MiWeek on Detroit Public Television, “A Great Lakes Now Special: A Line 5 Update.” The episode discussed the Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was interviewed for “Fracking, The Great Lakes Sleeping Giant” by Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Now.  

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was featured in a Great Lakes Now/Detroit Public Television documentary, “Tapping the Great Lakes,” which looks at methods of water withdrawal and the impact on the Great Lakes.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on WDET’s Detroit Today discussing, “POLITICO Reporter: ‘Climate Change Skeptics Run the Trump Administration.’”

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted in a report for WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, “Should Michigan’s water withdrawal law be changed to help farmers?”

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on WDET’s Detroit Today discussing, “What Is The Trump Administration Doing to the Environment.”

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on WDET's Morning Edition discussing how Michigan lawmakers weakened regulations that prevent invasive species in the the Great Lakes. 

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

     was quoted for a Detroit Free Press report on the Moroun family’s pending purchase of the 188-acre contaminated McLouth Steel site in Trenton and negotiations with the EPA on how the site will be restored.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on WDET's Detroit Today discussing, "Seeing Fewer Monarch Butterflies in Michigan? Here’s How You Can Attract Them."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by Great Lakes Now for its report, "It’s Jobs versus the Environment in Wisconsin. And Jobs won."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, “Speedy Detroit blight removal could be endangering residents.”

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, “Experts: State’s water suit against Flint faces hurdles.”

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was cited in Detroit Legal News for its report, "Great Lakes Environmental Law Center implements leadership transition."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by The Christian Science Monitor for its report, "Michigan's new water battle: How much of it should Nestle bottle?"

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Detroit hired contractor after his federal asbestos charge."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "After asbestos frustrations, a crackdown on Detroit demolitions."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on Michigan Radio to answer the question: How is it possible any mining could take place in the Porcupine Mountains?

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on WDET's Detroit Today, discussing trash, recycling and the Detroit incinerator.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Great Lakes water piped to Southwest 'our future,' says NASA scientist."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by MLive for its report, "Experts agree EPA review of dioxane, other toxic chemicals is needed."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by Next City for its report, "Saving $290 Million on U.S. Water Program Could Cost Cities Billions."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by MLive for its report, "Most in Michigan favor protecting environment even at economic expense."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by MLive for its report, "Backlash greets Trump proposal to gut Great Lakes cleanup funding."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on Michigan Radio to discuss, "If the EPA is eliminated, what would Michigan lose?"

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on Michigan Radio's Environment Report to discuss, "What's the fate of one of the largest pollution cleanup projects in Michigan?"

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by The Toledo Blade for its report, "Wisconsin City at forefront of ‘water wars'."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by MLive for its report, "Why Nestle pays next to nothing for Michigan groundwater."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on Michigan Radio discussing, "What happens if the Trump Administration scraps the Waters of the U.S. Rule?"

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "US Ecology's permit violations anger Detroit neighbors."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Trump's energy plans dismay Michigan's green groups."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was featured in the Flint-Genesee County Legal News.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by The Guardian for its report, "Detroit incinerator is hotspot for health problems, environmentalists claim." 

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on Michigan Radio for its report, "Environmental group says there's something legally stinky about Detroit's garbage incinerator."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on WDET for its report, "Environmental Advocates Say Detroit Incinerator Violating Clean Air Rules...Again."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted in RealClear Life for its report, "America's battle royale against invasive species."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted in a Downtown Publications report on coal tar sealant.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by Great Lakes Echo for its report, "Great Lakes offshore wind farm has funding, but faces hurdles before construction."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on WDET's Detroit Today with host Stephen Henderson to discuss, "The effectiveness of biofuels and green technology policy."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on Michigan Radio discussing, "Will 14-year I-75 project relieve congestion and improve safety?"

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was cited in the Detroit Free Press report, "'No more Band-Aids' for I-75: Big tear-up starts Monday, MDOT says."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by the Detroit Free Press for its report, "Enbridge hit with a $177M bill for Michigan, Illinois oil spills."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by The Atlantic for its report, "Who gets to drink from the Great Lakes?"

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted in the Council of State Governments Policy and Research report, "Aging infrastructure, lead pipes, nitrate runoff and funding among challenges vexing Midwest's drinking water systems."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by The Detroit Free Press for its online report, "I-75: Mixed feelings on the $1B project."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted by The Detroit Free Press for its report, "I-75: Mixed feelings on the $1B project."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    spoke with Stephen Henderson, host of WDET's program Detroit Today, for a report titled, "Living with pollution in southwest Detroit."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was interviewed by The Associated Press for a story about Flint's ongoing water disaster. The report has been published and broadcast on news outlets nationally and internationally including Fox News, U.S. News & World Report, CTV Canada, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald, Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle, The Sun Chronicle in Attleboro, Mass., and Juneau (Alaska) Empire.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was a guest on WDET's program, Detroit Today. He talked about whether government officials can face criminal charges in Flint's lead-contamination water crisis.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    wrote "Failures to follow law caused Flint water crisis," a commentary for Great Lakes Echo.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was quoted in E&E News for its report, "Flint crisis: Contamination key issue in Democrats' bid to retake Mich."

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    spoke about the Flint water crisis with Cliff Russell on Detroit Speaks, which airs weekdays on WCHB-AM. 

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    was featured as "one who toils quietly for the Great Lakes" in a Great Lakes Echo blog post.

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  • Nicholas Schroeck

    spoke with WDET about the future of the Great Lakes and southeast Michigan.

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