Each summer, ELI convenes a complimentary seminar series that offers an introduction to the legal and policy foundations of environmental protection in the United States.
ELI's Summer School is a series of brown-bag lunch seminars taught by experts in their fields, introducing the audience to the major environmental statutes (including NEPA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, TSCA, RCRA, and CERCLA) and land use law. Faculty will also incorporate major regulatory and judicial updates to the laws.
This year the faculty will explore how environmental statutes apply (or fail to apply) in a recent case example: the chemical spill in West Virginia's Elk River.
Who will benefit: All are welcome. Students and emerging professionals will have unique opportunities to learn, hear updates, ask questions, and network. The series is intended for:
- law students and graduate students, and
- working professionals new to or looking for a refresher course in environmental law (such as interns, summer clerks, and associates, or second-career professionals).
NEPA, ESA & Fundamentals of Environmental Law
The oldest major environmental statutes that we know today have existed for little more than 40 years. This session served as an introduction to the framework of environmental law and also highlighted two major statutes:
- the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), known as the "Magna Carta" of environmental law, and
- the Endangered Species Act (ESA), known as the “pit bull” of environmental law.
This course highlighted how modern environmental law has evolved and discussed ways it is meeting today’s challenges.
Review the Summer School recent case example: the chemical spill in West Virginia's Elk River.
**See the entire Summer School 2014 schedule HERE.**