ELI In the News
Law is one of those fields where you can use your skills in one of two ways: for good or for evil. And with climate chaos and environmental damage growing worse and worse, there are fortunately many environmental law organizations out there fighting for what's right — all without charging clients. So, we've rounded up a mix of U.S. environmental law organizations and centers — each of which either relies on lawyers donating their time, or has a staff of lawyers — that provide free legal aid to cases defending the planet, fighting for environmental justice, and working to help people being hurt by the climate crisis…
Whenever anyone dares to suggest that disinformation is bad, one of the most common knee-jerk reactions is to cry, 'The First Amendment protects freedom of speech!' But the fossil fuel industry's false advertising isn't protected by the First Amendment, and you don't have to take our word for it. . . .
John Nolon, distinguished professor of law emeritus at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, is widely seen as one of the most prominent thought leaders in land use law. The roots of this focus, which fueled a career that spanned decades, can be traced to his childhood on a ranch in Nebraska. . . .
E&E NEWS PM | The Environmental Law Institute has appointed five new members to its board of directors, the organization announced in a news release Thursday. The new board members — Jay Duffy, Linda French, Mathy Stanislaus, Mark Templeton and Carita Walker — will help the institute provide analysis and develop environmental law and policy. . . .
Over the past year, alumni have published nonfiction books covering legal topics from climate change to voting rights to the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. A professor of art crime, a former attorney general, and a leading expert on African American legal history are among the Columbia Law alumni authors who published nonfiction books in 2022. . . .
On November 5, 2001, while Kofi Annan was serving as UN Secretary-General, the United Nations General Assembly announced 6th November as the World Day for preventing environmental exploitation during the war and armed conflict. In May 2016, the UN Environment Assembly passed a resolution emphasizing the crucial role that healthy ecosystems and sustainable resources play in lowering the likelihood of armed conflict. On this occasion, the UN organization reaffirmed its steadfast commitment to seeing the Sustainable Development Goals fully implemented. . . .
The Eighth and Fifth Circuits have shot down a boundary-pushing attempt by Republican attorneys general to challenge a greenhouse gas metric used by the Biden administration, but that defeat won't deter states from testing their ability to fight Biden environmental policies. . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a carbon-monoxide leak at Kansas City school Wednesday, the KSHB 41 I-Team dug into the laws surrounding carbon monoxide detectors in schools. Seven students and two employees at Longfellow Elementary School — which is part of Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools — were taken to the hospital after showing symptoms of CO poisoning around 9:30 a.m. . . .
Jeffrey Richardson is no stranger to the tribulations of dealing with state agencies and departments. But the state of Delaware and its Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) present one of the toughest challenges he has faced: repeated restrictions on, and dismissals of, public participation. So when a July 26 hearing with DNREC’s Environmental Appeals Board concerning a proposed expansion port north of Wilmington fell flat, Richardson felt as if he and his peers were pushed aside unfairly in favor of larger entities. Richardson is the chairman of the Delaware Community Benefits Agreement Coalition (DCBAC), a local community group that serves the interests of local residents. . . .
The Environmental Protection Agency’s launch of a new national environmental justice arm has left industry attorneys waiting to see how far the agency will go—and how fast. The new office is set to influence actions across the agency, including clean air and water permitting, targeted enforcement, and environmental regulations. The extent to which the move, aimed at helping disadvantaged communities, affects core EPA missions will play out over the coming months. . . .