Environmental Justice (ELI Summer School, 2022)

July 28, 2022 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
Hybrid (in-person and via webinar)

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 seminars taught by experts in their fields, introducing the audience to the major environmental statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); land use law; energy law; and environmental justice. Faculty will also incorporate major regulatory and judicial updates to the laws.

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:

  • undergraduates,
  • 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).

Environmental Justice

ELI’s annual Summer School Series concludes with a special session to introduce participants to the opportunities and obstacles within the realm of environmental justice.

Although no federal environmental justice laws have been enacted, federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have made staunch efforts to work with other federal agencies to integrate environmental justice into policies and practices. This session explores the foundations, current opportunities for federal environmental and climate justice legislation, and obstacles facing environmental justice. Faculty will explore the following:

  • inclusion of local and indigenous communities in the decision-making process,
  • how federal, state, tribal, and local governments are addressing environmental justice,
  • methods for including multiple stakeholders in environmental justice conversations and processes.

Arielle King, Environmental Justice Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Carlos Garcia, US Federal Policy Manager, Bloom Energy
Gwen Keyes Fleming, Partner, DLA Piper
Quentin Pair, Adjunct Instructor, Howard University School of Law
Oday Salim, Director, Environmental Law and Sustainability Clinic, University of Michigan Law School

Materials will be posted as they are received. A recording of this session will be posted to this page, usually within three business days of the live event.

**See the entire Summer School 2022 schedule HERE.**