Environmental Law Clinic students reflect on their clinic experiences and projects, from researching access to clean water for the homeless to harmful chemicals used in oil spill cleanups.
Jack Chang ’20: Who’s on the Hook for Refinery Accidents?We believe that people deserve to know whether fossil fuel companies can pay for their mistakes. As it turns out, after two months of digging, we finally were able to obtain Phillips 66’s insurance documents at the California Office of Spill Prevention and Response, a branch of the state’s Fish and Wildlife Department that protects waterways. 11/6/20
Alyssa Cheung M.P.P. ’21: Microgrids Will Save Lives and Green the Golden StateIf the state wants to truly protect its most vulnerable, and also meet its ambitious climate goals, the state and its and electric utilities must ensure that microgrids benefit disadvantaged communities as quickly as possible.
Sarae Snyder ’21: PG&E’s Power Shut-Offs Exacerbate Existing InequitiesAs utilities such as Pacific Gas & Electric continue to power society with failing infrastructure due to decades of mismanagement, Public Safety Power Shutoffswill continue to be the reality during California’s fire seasons for the foreseeable future.
Kristina Sinclair ’19: Evolution of the Pesticide ProjectFor two semesters, I witnessed the scope of our representation expand dramatically as we learned more about our client’s long-term goals and saw first-hand how our strategies changed over time. Through visuals and explanations, I demonstrate how this project evolved over time.
Natalie Collins ’20: How a client’s toxics exposure case unfoldedWhile Hardeman v. Monsanto was taking place in San Francisco, my clinic team was watching rural North Carolina. In spring 2018, North Carolina artist Yvonne Hegney had called ELC with a question: how could she identify the inert ingredients in a given pesticide?
Candice Youngblood ’19: Lessons in zealous advocacyPart of the value of clinic participation is learning how to advocate for a real-life client, as opposed to the hypothetical clients we deal with in our legal writing courses.
Adam Buchholz M.P.P. ’20: A new attitude towards numbers“Numbers are not worth the sweat we pour into them.” As a policy student in a program focused on quantitative methods, that sentence ... was hard to read. It seemed that my primary interest might not be worth the time. Fortunately, first readings can be misleading.
Camila Gonzalez ’20: Confessions of an administrative law nerdNot only are dispersants an ineffective oil spill response strategy, but they also harm human health and marine ecosystems.
Sandra Lupien M.P.P. ’18: Empathy as advocacyFor those 78,400 Californians who spend nights on streets, in parks, in vehicles, the struggle to access toilets and clean water for drinking and bathing is central to daily life.
Heather Jones ’19: How I learned to stop worrying and love economicsI learned many things in [the clinic], but loving the study of economics was not one of them. Instead ... I learned to embrace both my role as a translator of complex material to an administrative agency and the general public and to embrace ambiguity and uncertainty in complex public policy issues.
Daniel Lopez ’19: The barriers to decision-makingIf you told me after my sophomore year in college, that I would voluntarily sign up for a project in law school that required economic research, I would have thought you were crazy.
Cristina de la Paz LL.M. ’19: Clinic’s role in your legal educationBeing away on your LL.M. may make you feel like you are getting rusty with the rudimentary “lawyer” work. Clinic is your way back, behind the computer, typing ferociously for your client.