Communities and Organizations

The Clearinghouse provides a simple way for you to share environmental matters for which you need pro bono legal support and helps to connect you with attorneys who can provide those legal services. For now, we will only connect our members with matters that have first come through a law clinic. So, if you have an environmental matter, we encourage you to first find a clinic near you and connect with them. You can access a list of U.S.-based law clinics, including tribal law clinics, and international environmental law clinics to contact directly with your matter. If you need general legal assistance and no local clinic is able to provide the necessary support, please fill out this form.

 

List of Law Clinics

Environmental Law Clinics

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

  • Natural Resource Use and Management Clinic
  • Priyanka Sundareshan, Director
  • Contact at priyaz@email.arizona.edu
  • The clinic addresses matters pertaining to water, endangered species, public lands, climate change, tribal lands and resources, and the myriad natural resource challenges that exist in Arizona and the American West.

Barry University

  • Environmental and Earth Law Clinic
  • Rachel Deming, Director, Assitant Professor 
  • Contact at 407-681-5422 or rdeming@barry.edu
  • The clinic focuses on matters related to environmental laws, regulations and permits within the Miami region. It focuses on assessing environmental conditions impacting individuals and communities and working with clients to determine their legal options.

University of Buffalo

  • Environmental Advocacy Clinic
  • Kim Diana Connolly, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at 716-645-2092 or kimconno@buffalo.edu
  • The Environmental Advocacy Clinic focuses on state, national, and international environmental policy issues that have direct impact on Western New York as well as national and international implications. Student attorneys work on issues such as legal aspects on the first North American transboundary designation of a wetland of international importance, and development and implementation of local sustainable and regenerative laws.

University of California, Berkeley

  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Claudia Polsky, Director, Clinical Professor
  • Contact at 510-642-5398 or cpolsky@law.berkeley.edu
  • The clinic tackles critical environmental health and environmental justice issues through litigation, administrative agency practice, legislation, and policy analysis on behalf of real-world clients.

University of California, Davis

  • Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Richard Frank, Director, Professor
  • Contact at 530-752-7422 or rmfrank@ucdavis.edu
  • The Center participates in interdisciplinary environmental research and policy initiatives across the UC Davis campus, throughout the University of California system, and in collaboration with other law schools, colleges and universities across the nation and overseas. Examples include interdisciplinary partnerships with UC Davis’ Center for Watershed Sciences and Institute for Transportation Studies; UCLA Law School’s Emmett Center on Climate Change & the Environment; the UC Centers in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.; the Vermont Law School; and the Georgetown University Law Center.

University of California, Irvine

  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Michael Robinson-Dorn, Director, Clinical Professor
  • Contact at 949-824-1043 or mrobinsondorn@law.uci.edu
  • The Clinic’s docket is diverse, spanning a wide range of environmental, public health and natural resources law, covering local, regional and national issues.

University of California, Los Angeles

  • Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic
  • Sean Hecht and Cara Horowitz, Co-Directors, Professors
  • Contact at hecht@law.ucla.edu or horowitz@law.ucla.edu
  • Clinic staff work on behalf of environmental and community groups on litigation and regulatory matters. Working closely with nonprofit and government agency partners and clients, the clinic takes on the most important environmental issues in southern California and beyond.

University of Chicago Law School

  • Abrams Environmental Law Clinic
  • Mark Templeton, Director, Clinical Professor
  • Contact at 773-702-9611 or templeton@uchicago.edu
  • The Abrams Environmental Law clinic attempts to solve some of the most pressing environmental problems throughout Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the Great Lakes region. On behalf of clients, the clinic challenges those who pollute illegally, fights for stricter permits, advocates for changes to regulations and laws, holds environmental agencies accountable, and develops innovative approaches for improving the environment.

University of Colorado

  • Getches-Green Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Clinic
  • Jonathan Skinner-Thompson, Associate Clinical Professor 
  • (303) 492-1324 or jonathan.skinnerthompson@colorado.edu
  • Clinic staff engage in litigation and related advocacy efforts, most commonly on behalf of national or local environmental groups. They often draft pleadings and briefs, counsel their clients, develop case theories and legal strategies, participate in settlement negotiations, and, occasionally, present oral arguments in federal court.

Columbia University School of Law

  • Science, Health, and Information Clinic
  • Chris Morten, Director, Associate Clinical Professor 
  • Contact at 212-854-1845 or cjm2002@columbia.edu
  • Columbia Law’s Science, Health, and Information Clinic serves the public interest by fighting for more equitable access to scientific, technical, and medical knowledge and to the benefits that flow from that knowledge. The clinic provides pro bono legal services to activists and organizers, scientific and medical researchers, patient and consumer groups, nonprofit organizations, and other clients.

University of Connecticut School of Law

  • Environmental Law Clinic in collaboration with Save the Sound
  • Stacy Schleif, Clinic Faculty
  • Contact at sschleif@cca-ct.org
  • Contact Save the Sound at (203) 787-0646 or rreynolds@ctenvironment.org
  • This clinic is offered in New Haven in collaboration with Save the Sound (formerly Connecticut Fund for the Environment), the state and region’s premier non-profit environmental advocate. We work to address the climate crisis, preserve land and protect water throughout Connecticut and the Long Island Sound region.

CUNY School of Law

  • Health and Environmental Practice Clinic
  • Janet Calvo, Director, Professor
  • Contact at 718-340-4321 or calvo@law.cuny.edu
  • The Health and Environmental Justice Practice Clinic advocates for underserved and historically marginalized communities and individuals, and to support governmental efforts for environmental justice and health justice. Clinic staff also act as advocates for community, non-profit, educational, faith-based, and other organizations and groups engaged in work designed to further environmental and health justice.

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Kevin Lynch, Associate Professor 
  • Contact at 303-871-6039 or klynch@law.du.edu
  • Clinic staff works to protect impacted communities, wild places and wildlife from pollution, exploitation and overdevelopment. They provide representation to national, regional, local, and tribal environmental advocacy organizations.

Duke School of Law

  • Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
  • Michelle Benedict Nowlin, Co-Director, Clinical Professor 
  • Contact at 919-613-8502 or nowlin@law.duke.edu
  • Clinic staff use a collaborative approach to work on a wide variety of matters, encompassing water quality, air quality, natural resources conservation, sustainable development, public-trust resources, and environmental justice.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Contact at 313-596-0262
  • Clinic staff conducts research and develops legislative proposals at the request of lawmakers and public interest organizations, and brings enforcement actions to set new precedents for the application of existing statutes and regulations to emerging environmental problems.

Earthjustice

  • Nonprofit
  • Jeremy Orr, Director of Outreach and Partnership Advancement
  • Submit a request here or contact at 1-800-584-6460 or info@earthjustice.org
  • Earthjustice is a nonprofit, public interest environmental law organization that uses the law to protect people's health, preserve magnificant places and wildlife, advance clean energy, and combat climate change. 

Eastern Environmental Law Center 

  • Amy Koehler, Office Manager/Legal Assistant 
  • Contact at 973-424-1166 or info@easternenvironmental.org
  • The Eastern Environmental Law Center is a Newark-based nonprofit, public-interest environmental law firm that works on behlaf of environmental advocacy, conservation, and community groups to achieve environmental justice, implement clean-energy solutions, and preserve the region's open space, wildlife, and natural resources. 

PACE Elisabeth Haub School of Law

  • Environmental Litigation Clinic
  • Karl S. Coplan, Professor 
  • Contact at kcoplan@law.pace.edu
  • The Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic represents public interest groups, primarily Riverkeeper, Inc. Riverkeeper's mission is to protect the waters of the Hudson River system from the Adirondacks to Long Island Sound. The Clinic represents Riverkeeper in federal and state courts, federal and state administrative proceedings and occasionally in local proceedings. Clinic staff members represent Riverkeeper in all of these proceedings. Their efforts have led to precedent-setting decisions by federal courts under both the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Emory University School of Law

  • Turner Environmental Law Clinic
  • Mindy Goldstein, Director, Clinical Professor 
  • Contact at 404-727-3432 or mindy.goldstein@emory.edu
  • The Turner Environmental Law Clinic provides important pro bono representation to individuals, community groups, and non-profit organizations that seek to protect and restore the natural environment and promote environmental justice. Each year, the clinic provides over 4,000 hours of free legal representation. The key matters occupying our docket—fighting for clean and sustainable energy, promoting regenerative agriculture and local food systems, and protecting our natural resources and communities—are among the most critical issues for our city, state, region, and nation.

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

  • Nonprofit
  • Matthew Garrington, Senior Manager of Partnerships & Outreach
  • Contact by filling out this form or calling 202-572-3298 
  • EDF is an environmental advocacy nonprofit that engages in scientific, economic, and legal research and advocacy. Their areas of expertise include climate, energy, ecosystems, oceans, and public health.

University of Florida

  • Conservation Clinic
  • Silvia Menendez, Associate Dean of Experiential Learning
  • Contact at 352-273-0800 or menendezs@law.ufl.edu
  • The clinic staff works to provide quality professional services to clients in the governmental, non-governmental and the private sector to advance local, state, national and international conservation objectives.

The George Washington University

  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Lin Harmon-Walker, Interim Director, Associate Professor
  • Contact at lharmon-walker@law.gwu.edu
  • The program tackles significant local, national, and international challenges facing the planet and its inhabitants, including climate change, fisheries depletion, air pollution, water scarcity, and developing new sources of energy.

Georgetown University Law Center

  • Environmental Law & Justice Clinic
  • Sara Colangelo, Director, Visiting Professor 
  • Contact at 202-662-9535 or gulcipr@law.georgetown.edu
  • The clinic conducts public interest legal work on behalf of underserved clients in the areas of environmental justice, pollution control, natural resources and wildlife, and climate. Their caseload involves a mix of litigation matters, regulatory work, and other advisory projects. They select cases of national importance and/or local necessity in which we can protect and promote the health of marginalized communities, and the health of wild places and resources. The ELJC advocates on behalf of groups ranging in size from small community groups to tribes to large environmental or public justice organizations.

University of Georgia School of Law

  • Environmental Practicum
  • Laurie A. Fowler, Director, Adjunct Professor
  • Contact at lfowler@uga.edu or 706-583-0463
  • The type of services involved can range from ordinance and statute-drafting, to reports analyzing various legal, policy and scientific issues, to developing educational brochures, more extensive guidebooks, and short films. Environmental Practicum students work together on issues in a selected watershed.

Golden Gate University School of Law

  • Environmental Law & Justice Clinic
  • Helen Kang, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at 415-442-6693 or hkang@ggu.edu  
  • Clinic staffers represent and advocate for clients in public health, toxics, and environmental justice matters. The clinic typically represents community groups in low-income and minority communities, as well as environmental organizations.

Great Lakes Environmental Law Center

  • Nonprofit
  • Nick Leonard, Executive Director 
  • Contact at 313-782-3372 or nicholas.leonard@glelc.org
  • The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center is a Detroit-based nonprofit that offers community education, policy support, and various legal services to address environmental, resource, & energy issues affecting communities in and around Detroit, all over Michigan, and throughout the Great Lakes region.

Great Rivers Environmental Law Center 

  • Nonprofit
  • Linden Mueller, Director of Development and Community Outreach
  • Contact at linden@greatriverslaw.org
  • The Great Rivers Environmental Law Center is a nonprofit that provides free legal services to individuals, organizations, and citizen groups who are working to protect the environment and public health. The majority of their work is in Missouri and Illinois. 

Harvard Law School

  • Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
  • Shaunt A. Goho, Acting Director, Lecturer on Law 
  • Contact at 617-496-2058 or EmmettClinic@lists.law.harvard.edu
  • The clinic services local, national, and international projects covering the spectrum of environmental issues. Depending on the project, clinic staffers may undertake litigation and advocacy work by drafting briefs, preparing testimony, conducting research, developing strategy, and reviewing proposed legislation. Specific focus areas include promoting citizen science projects, climate change adaptation, and regulating mercury emissions.

University of Hawaii School of Law

  • Environmental Clinic
  • D. Kapua’ala Sproat, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at 808-956-7489 or kapuas@hawaii.edu
  • The clinic assists clients on a range of relevant state and/or federal laws relating to natural and cultural resource management.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Lewis & Clark Law School

  • Earthrise Law Center
  • Tom Buchele, Co-Director, Clinical Professor 
  • Contact at 503-768-6736 or tbuchele@lclark.edu
  • Earthrise’s goal is to advance efforts to protect the environment by serving as a resource for public interest organizations that need legal representation in complex environmental and natural resource issues.

University of Maryland

  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Seema Kakade, Director, Associate Professor 
  • Contact at 410-706-0590 or priyaz@email.arizona.edu
  • The Environmental Law Clinic at Maryland Carey Law provides legal support, advice, and representation to a variety of non-profit organizations and community groups on environmental justice matters.

University of Miami School of Law

  • Environmental Justice Clinic
  • Abigail L. Fleming, Practitioner in Residence
  • Contact at environmentaljusticeclinic@law.miami.edu
  • The clinic advocates for and empowers marginalized communities by combining civil rights, environmental, poverty, and public health law with community lawyering principles. Staffers seek systemic change for our clients through advocacy, public policy resources, rights education, and transactional assistance.

University of Michigan Law

  • Environmental Law and Sustainability Clinic
  • Oday Salim, Director, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor 
  • Contact at 734-763-7087 or madewell@umich.edu
  • The clinic regularly represents the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), its state affiliates, and other similar organizations. The focus is on water and wildlife resources, public lands, energy, and human health in the Great Lakes watershed.

University of Montana

  • Land Use & Natural Resources Clinic
  • Sandi Zellmer, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at (406) 243-6653 or sandra.zellmer@umontana.edu
  • The primary mission of the Land Use and Natural Resources Clinic is to provide government support on land use and natural resources issues facing our community and state. On occasion, the clinic assists non-profit organizations that are engaged in studies or educational initiatives related to natural resource issues in the West. The clinic does not represent non-profit organizations in litigation matters. In selecting clinic projects, emphasis is made on the importance of community service, the interdisciplinary nature of natural resources law, and the complex balancing of stakeholder interests and perspectives that is necessary to a land use and natural resources practice.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

  • Nonprofit
  • Michael Wall, Litigation Director
  • Contact via Josh Mogerman at jmogerman@nrdc.org or 312-651-7909
  • NRDC is a litigation-focused nonprofit dedicated to protecting the nation’s air, land, water, and wildlife. They have a specialized team of litigating attorneys covering environmental justice, air and water pollution, public health, and marine mammal protection. The team includes lawyers and paralegals in New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Chicago.

 

University of New Mexico

  • Natural Resources and Environmental Law Clinic
  • Serge Martinez, Associate Dean of Experiential Learning, Professor 
  • Contact at 505-277-6556 or serge.martinez@law.unm.edu
  • The clinic provides a wide variety of legal services to underrepresented individuals, community-based groups, nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes to protect, preserve, and use lands and natural resources, and improve public health and the environment.

New York Law School

  • Environmental Law Clinic in collaboration with the Natural Resource Defense Council
  • Eric A. Goldstein, Director, Adjunct Professor 
  • Contact Adjunct Professor Kimberly Ong at Kwo205@nyu.edu
  • Clinic staffers work under the supervision of attorneys at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Issues that students have worked on recently include: defending Presidential designations of National Monuments, securing information from recalcitrant federal agencies, challenging agency rollbacks of federal regulations, targeting lead contamination of drinking water, opposing construction of new fossil fuel pipelines, protecting fisheries and marine mammals, advancing policies related to sustainable food supplies, implementing regulations for stormwater pollution control, and protecting environmental justice communities, and safeguarding drinking water quality and advancing sustainable waste policies in the New York region.

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

  • Environmental Advocacy Center
  • Sherika Pringle, Executive Director of Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Contact Dolores Angeles at d-angeles@law.northwestern.edu
  • Critical environmental issues--clean air and water, cleanup of hazardous waste sites, safe drinking water, environmental justice, energy policy, and sustainability and climate change--drive the work of Bluhm Legal Clinic's Environmental Advocacy Center (EAC). By partnering with key environmental organizations, including the Environmental Law and Policy Center, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and Elevate Energy, the EAC extends its impact. A significant focus of the Center’s work involves fighting for environmental justice in low-income communities of color.

University of Oregon Law School

  • Environmental Law Clinic in collaboration with The Western Environmental Law Center
  • Contact at 541-485-2471 or info@westernlaw.org
  • The Environmental Law Clinic is housed at the Western Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit public interest law firm with offices in Eugene, Taos, Seattle and Helena. Staffers work with WELC attorneys representing primarily conservation non-profit organizations in state and federal courts. Staffers also work with attorneys on active and developing litigation in all of WELC’s practice groups such as Public Lands, Western Wildlife, Fossil Fuels/Clean Energy, and Western Communities.

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Grant MacIntyre, Director, Clinical Associate Professor 
  • Contact at 412-648-1300 or macintyre@pitt.edu
  • The Pittsburgh Environmental Law Clinic is currently taking cases in a wide variety of areas including air quality, water quality, oil and gas production, federal lands, and regulatory advocacy. The Clinic represents clients in matters ranging from regulatory advocacy to litigation to client counseling. The clinic gives priority to issues that impact Western Pennsylvania but is available to assist groups with issues that reach beyond Western PA.

University of San Diego School of Law

  • Energy Law and Policy Clinic
  • Joseph (Joe) Kaatz, Supervising Attorney
  • Contact at 619-260-4600 ext. 2879 or kaatzj11-11@sandiego.edu
  • The Energy Law and Policy Clinic seeks to match a small group of students (3-8) with a state agency to conduct legal research on a current issue.

Stanford School of Law

  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Deborah Sivas, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at 650-723-0325 or dsivas@stanford.edu
  • Clinic staffers work on a mix of litigation and policy matters at the interface of law, science, and policy. The clinic’s clients range from national groups like the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Ocean Conservancy to regional and local groups like Center for Biological Diversity, Monterey Coastkeeper, the Grand Canyon Trust and the Pit River Tribe. The clinic’s work tends to be based in California, but often concerns issues in other regions or across the nation.

University of Texas at Austin School of Law

  • Environmental Clinic
  • Kelly Haragan, Director
  • contact at 512-232-2654 or kharagan@law.utexas.edu
  • Clinic staffers work with underserved communities throughout Texas to advocate for solutions to today’s pressing environmental problems, including environmental injustice, climate change, and public health. Clients include individuals, neighborhood associations, nonprofits and local governments. The clinic frequently partners with Texas legal services organizations and with national environmental non-governmental organizations on our cases and projects.

Tulane University Law School

  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Lisa Jordan, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at 504-314-2481 or lwjordan@tulane.edu
  • The Clinic has become involved in hundreds of cases and proceedings on behalf of almost 200 different community organizations, ranging from local environmentalists to neighborhood civic and housing organizations to municipal water providers. Clinic representation has taken place in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and in local, state, and federal agencies. The docket of the clinic is as varied as the environmental problems, involving issues of pollution discharges, wetlands protection, and urban zoning.

Vermont Law School

  • Environmental Advocacy Clinic
  • Jim Murphy, Director
  • Contact at jmurphy@cermontlaw.edu
  • Clinic staffers represent the National Wildlife Federation, other leading conservation organizations, and local community groups to promote access to justice on important environmental and natural resources issues.

University of Virginia School of Law

  • Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic
  • Cale Jaffe, Director, Associate Professor 
  • Contact at 434-924-4776 or cjaffe@virginia.edu
  • The clinic has represented a diverse array of public-interest clients in recent years, from a community group working to preserve an early 20th-century black schoolhouse, to local governments filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to working on in-house clinic cases, staffers also work closely with attorneys at the Southern Environmental Law Center, a nationally prominent environmental law and policy organization that is headquartered in Charlottesville.

Wake Forest University

  • Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
  • Scott Schang, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at 336-758-3796 or schangs@wfu.edu
  • The Environmental Law and Policy Clinic takes on non-litigation matters for clients who are otherwise unable to afford or access legal representation on matters relating to environmental and sustainability issues. The clinic does not engage in litigation on behalf of clients. Clients include international organizations, national think-tanks, state environmental coalitions, regional and local non-profit organizations, local schools, county governments, among others.

University of Washington

  • Regulatory Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
  • Sanne Knudsen, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at 206-221-7443 or sknudsen@uw.edu
  • The clinic helps public interest organizations advocate effectively before the agencies that administer our environmental laws at both the state and federal level. It drafts petitions for new or amended regulation and, to a lesser extent, draft comments on proposed rules, permits, policies or environmental impact statements. It strives to make environmental law work better by working where environmental law works every day.

University of West Virginia Law

  • Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic
  • Katherine Garvey, Director, Professor
  • Contact at 304-293-4633 or katherine.garvey@mail.wvu.edu
  • The clinic provides legal and planning services to conserve land and water, support local land use planning, and offer educational opportunities for law students and citizens of West Virginia. Recognizing that collaboration is essential to achieving the greatest good in improving the quality of life of West Virginians, the LUSD Law Clinic is committed to developing partnerships involving community-based stakeholders and experts from various disciplines and professions to amplify our efforts.

Washington University in St. Louis

  • Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic
  • Elizabeth Hubertz, Associate Professor 
  • Contact at 314-935-8760 or ejhubertz@wustl.edu
  • The Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic (IEC) functions as a pro bono law practice handling environmental and community health cases. IEC cases tackle some of the most challenging and important water, air, waste, climate change, and environmental justice problems in the region

Widener University Delaware Law School

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic
  • Kenneth Kristl, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at 302-477-2053 or ktkristl@widener.edu
  • The clinic represents not-for-profit organizations and individuals who seek to protect the environment. Staffers litigate cases involving violations of environmental laws such as the Federal Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. Staffers also pursue appeals and administrative proceedings under state and local laws, draft public comments, empower citizens to represent themselves, and negotiate agreements.

Willamette University College of Law

  • Community and Environmental Law Clinic
  • Sarah Matsumoto, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at 503-370-6771 or samatsumoto@willamette.edu
  • The clinic represents individuals and organizations seeking to protect themselves from pollution, improve the health of their communities, and promote justice and equity in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

University of Wyoming School of Law

  • Rural Law Center
  • Contact at 307-766-6416 or lawandmis@uwyo.edu
  • The Rural Law Center provides services to rural communities and lawyers who practice law in rural areas. The Rural Law Center's Legislative Research Service provides free legislative research and drafting services by student volunteers. We invite governments and government associations, public interest groups, and others to submit proposals for legislative research and drafting projects dealing with rural issues. Projects will be selected based on available student time and student interest.

Yale Law School

  • Environmental Protection Clinic
  • Dan Esty, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at 203-432-1602 or daniel.esty@yale.edu
  • The Yale Environmental Protection Clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic that partners with environmental organizations to address pressing problems in the environmental field. It collaborates with the Natural Resources Defense Council and other organizations. Most environmental issues involve legal, technical, scientific, and policy expertise.
Tribal Law Clinics

Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

  • Indian Legal Clinic
  • Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Director, Clinical Professor 
  • Contact at indianlegalclinic@asu.edu or 480-727-0420
  • ILC serves both Indian country and the nation's urban Indian population by providing high-quality legal services, with attention to the special legal and cultural needs of native peoples. The ILC works with tribal courts handling criminal prosecutions and defense actions, undertakes tribal legal development projects, such as drafting tribal code provisions and court rules for Indian tribes, represents individuals in civil actions, and works on federal policy issues affecting native peoples, such as federal recognition

University of Arizona

  • Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program
  • Justin Boro, Assistant Director
  • Contact at 520-626-9224 or justinboro1986@email.arizona.edu
  • IPLP's global approach to advocacy connects students to tribal communities across Arizona, North America, and the world to work on precedent-setting cases on Indigenous peoples’ rights before domestic courts, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the United Nations system, and other regional and international human rights bodies.

University of California, Los Angeles

  • Tribal Legal Development Clinic
  • Lauren van Schilfgaarde, Director 
  • Contact at vanSchilfgaarde@law.ucla.edu
  • Clinic staffers work closely with nonprofit and government agency partners and clients to address the most important environmental issues in southern California and beyond, focusing specifically on litigation and regulatory matters.

University of Colorado Law School

  • American Indian Law Clinic
  • Deborah Cantrell, Director of Clinical Programs, Professor 
  • Contact at 303-492-8126 or deborah.cantrell@colorado.edu
  • The clinic represents individuals, Indian tribes and tribal entities in a variety of settings involving federal Indian law and involving the law and legal systems in Indian County, as well as work with the United Nations.

The Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook People

  • Native American Indian Legal Clinic
  • Contact at 603-776-1090 or cowasuck@tds.net
  • The goals of the Ik8ldimek Legal Clinic are to ensure that the basic human - civil and religious rights are protected for all Native American Indian prisoners, as guaranteed by the United States Constitution. The legal clinic provides basic Information & Referral (I&R) services to aid and assist incarcerated Native American Indian men and women and their families whose civil rights and their right to practice their religious beliefs are being violated.

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

  • Tribal Wills Project
  • Lucy Marsh, Faculty, Professor
  • Contact at 303-871-6285 or lmarsh@law.du.edu
  • Through the Tribal Wills Project, Denver Law students go to American Indian reservations at the invitation of the tribes to spend a week drafting much-needed wills, medical powers of attorney, living wills, and burial instructions for tribal members.

ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Buffalo Office

  • Native American Legal Assistance Clinic
  • Lee M. Redeye, Counsel 
  • Contact at 716-560-7744 or lredeye@lippes.com 
  • The Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. (VLP) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation which provides free civil legal services to low income individuals and small not-for-profit groups in Western New York. VLP provides these important services by utilizing both its staff and volunteers to represent clients.

Gonzaga University School of Law

  • General Public Practice and Indian Law Clinic
  • Contact at 509-313-5791
  • The clinic has a contract with the Kalispel Tribe to provide civil and misdemeanor criminal services to Kalispel members. Staffers represent tribal members in tribal court, state court, and federal court. Additionally, the clinic also provides civil and misdemeanor criminal services to clients residing in Spokane County facing various legal challenges which may include family law, children’s rights, consumer law, misdemeanor criminal law, prisoners’ rights, civil rights, public entitlements, housing, estate planning, surrogate decision making, and health care.

University of Kansas School of Law

  • Tribal Judicial Support Clinic
  • Shawn Watts, Director, Clinical Professor 
  • Contact at 785-864-4513 or shawn.watts@ku.edu
  • In the Tribal Judicial Support Clinic at KU Law, staffers work on research projects for tribal courts. Past projects include tribal code development, legal research, drafting legal memoranda and drafting judicial orders.

UMass School of Law

  • Mashpee Wampanoag Legal Services Clinic
  • Crystal Desirey, Clinical Programs Coordinator
  • Contact at cdesirey@umassd.edu
  • The Mashpee Wampanoag Legal Services Clinic is housed in the Hyannis office of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. Clinic clients include low-income litigants in the Tribal Court, located in Mashpee, MA, as well as tribal members seeking legal assistance with other types of civil legal issues, including family law, landlord-tenant law, and government benefits law.

Michigan State University College of Law

  • Indian Law Clinic
  • Contact at 517-432-6880 or indigenous@law.msu.edu
  • The Indian Law Clinic represents the interests of tribes and tribal organizations. The Clinic has two areas of focus—the Tribal Governance Project and the ICWA Appellate Project. Both projects are committed to working with tribes to support tribal self-governance and nation building.

University of Minnesota

  • Indian Child Welfare Act Clinic
  • Andrea M. Braun, Adjunct Professor 
  • Contact Andrea M. Braun at abraun@umn.edu or abraun@icwlc.org
  • The casework focuses on litigation involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and Tribal Code. The ICWA
  • Law Center is a non-profit, American Indian legal services organization committed to providing the highest quality of legal representation to Indian families involved in child custody proceedings implicating ICWA. The ICWA Law Center has represented over 5,000 American Indian families in child protection proceedings since 1993.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

  • Native Law Clinic: Tribal Code Drafting
  • Angelique EagleWoman, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at 651-290-6438 or angelique.eaglewoman@mitchellhamline.edu
  • Clinic staffers work on drafting assignments that have been approved as legal development projects at the request of tribal governments and organizations. Typical projects include legislative drafting and reform; drafting and amendment of statutes; creation of mainstream, traditional, and hybrid dispute resolution processes; and policy document development.

University of Montana

  • Indian Law Clinic
  • Contact at 406-243-2544 or indianlawclinic@umontana.edu
  • The clinic staffers work with prosecutors’ offices, environmental nonprofits and government agencies. They prosecute civil rights claims; handle complex transactions; serve as law clerks to members of the judiciary, legislature, and corporate counsel; analyze and advocate policy - making real differences in real people’s lives.

University of New Mexico

  • Southwest Indian Law Clinic
  • Barbara Creel, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at 505-277-0907 or creel@law.unm.edu
  • In the Southwest Indian Law Clinic (SILC), staffers represent Native clients in state, federal, and tribal courts and in governmental agency hearings. They also work with tribes, pueblos, and organizations serving the Native American community.

University of North Dakota

  • Northern Plains Indian Law Center
  • B.J. Jones, Director of the Tribal Judicial Institute
  • Contact at 701-777-6176 or b.jones@und.edu
  • It is the goal of the University of North Dakota's Northern Plains Indian Law Center to promote and support American Indians and tribes in their endeavors to advance legal opportunities for Indian people living in or associated with the states of North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota, and to foster greater cross-cultural exchange in the interest of mutual understanding and development. This project provides legal and policy assistance to tribal governments developing environmental programs intended to protect the health and welfare of tribal citizens, tribal natural resources, and the quality of reservations and ceded lands. The project also researches legal issues of general relevance to the authority of tribal governments to implement and administer civil regulatory programs.

Native American Unit, Northwest Justice Project

  • Contact at 1-888-201-1012 or apply online for free legal help other than eviction 
  • NJP hosts a number of specialized units covering specific issues and populations. The Campesina Digna project, part of the Northwest Justice Project’s Farmworker Unit (La Unidad Campesina), builds capacity for individual farmworkers and their communities to combat rampant workplace sexual violence and harassment affecting farmworkers in Washington. Elder & Vulnerable Adult (EVA) advocates advise and assist King county elders (60+) and vulnerable adults on civil legal issues. The Farmworker Unit, centered in Yakima, provides advocacy and individual legal representation to farmworkers and their families to ensure that they are afforded a full range of legal protections.

Oklahoma City University

  • Jodi G. Marquette American Indian Wills Clinic
  • Contact at americanindianwillsclinic@okcu.edu
  • Clinic staffers in the Wills Clinic provide wills and estate planning services to American Indians owning trust or restricted property in Oklahoma.

Suffolk University Law School

  • Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples Clinic
  • Nicole Friederichs, Practitioner-in-Residence
  • Contact at 617-573-8100 or nfriederichs@suffolk.edu
  • The clinic advocates before international human rights bodies, such as the United Nations or the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), on behalf of tribes or indigenous non-profit organizations. Currently, the clinic represents Guatemalan indigenous rights organizations before the IACHR on a freedom of expression petition. The clinic also represents Native American tribal governments and communities, as well as indigenous non-profit organizations located primarily in the New England region, but also nationally and internationally.

University of Washington

  • Tribal Court Clinic: Criminal Defense and Family Advocacy
  • Brenda Williams, Co-Director, Teaching Professor 
  • Contact at brenda3@u.washington.edu or 206-685-3253
  • Stacey Lara, Co-Directors, Assistant Teaching Professor 
  • Contact at slara@uw.edu or 206-685-3917
  • As part of the Native American Law Center at UW School of Law, the Tribal Court Clinic partners with the Tulalip Tribes to serve as the primary public defender in criminal cases filed in their Tribal Court. The Tulalip Tribes sought this innovative partnership to address the need for legal representation in 2002 and in the decades since then, the Tribal Court Clinic has become a national model for providing tribal public defender services. The clinic's clients are generally members of federally recognized Tribes who have been charged with crimes by the Tulalip Tribes or parents and/or juveniles with youth in need of care proceedings in the Muckleshoot Tribal Court.

University of Wisconsin

  • Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center
  • Richard Monette, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at 608-263-7409 or richard.monette@wisc.edu
  • Eleven federally recognized Native Nations are surrounded by the State of Wisconsin, including six bands of Chippewa and Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, Oneida, Menominee, and Mohican (Stockbridge-Munsee) Tribes. The clinic provides legal assistance on uniquely Native Nation legal matters.
International Clinics

All Rise (South Africa)

  • Contact at info@allrise.org.za or by filling out this form
  • All Rise is the first of its kind in KwaZulu-Natal and one of a few law clinics in South Africa with a specific focus on environmental and climate justice. It works towards providing access to justice for all and helps protect the planet for current and future generations.

Australian National University (Australia)

  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Dr. James Prest, Lecturer
  • Contact at +61 2 6125 1689 or james.prest@anu.edu.au
  • The ANU clinic guides and supports students in identifying, developing and applying practical legal skills in environmental and planning law.

Duke Law School (U.S.)

  • Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
  • Michelle Benedict Nowlin, Director, Clinical Professor 
  • Contact at +1 919-613-8502 or nowlin@law.duke.edu
  • Clinic staffers use a collaborative approach to work on a wide variety of matters, encompassing water quality, air quality, natural resources conservation, sustainable development, public-trust resources, and environmental justice.

University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • James Harrison, Director, Professor 
  • Contact at (0131 6)50 2040 or james.harrison@ed.ac.uk
  • Staffers support the critical work of key environmental actors worldwide in need of free legal advice (NGOs, public authorities, international organizations, and other public interest entities). Under the supervision of the Clinic Director, the students selected to participate will collectively create innovative solutions to cutting-edge issues of EU and International Environmental Law faced by clients on a daily basis. Students work on Nature Conservation Law, Water Law, Waste Law, access to justice, public participation, access to information in environmental matters, etc.

Federal University of Pará, Law Graduate Program (Brazil)

  • Amazon Human Rights Clinic/Network of Human Rights Clinics
  • Cristina Terezo and Valena Jacob, Professors
  • Contact at labdh@ufpa.br, cfterezo@hotmail.com or valena_jacob@yahoo.com.br
  • The objective of the Network is to promote the joint actions of the Clinics in the study and action on social and environmental causes that have effects in the states of Pará, Mato Grosso, Amazonas, Amapá, Roraima and the Federal District, and in maintaining a constant exchange of information regarding human rights. With the creation of this Network of Clinics, four meetings were held in which Amazonian institutions and other invited HEIs were able to share experiences, aiming at improving their respective clinics, which work not only in the environmental area, but also in the area of Human Rights, specifically in defense of Indigenous Rights and traditional populations.

Lewis & Clark Law School (U.S.)

  • International Animal and Environmental Law Clinic
  • Erica Lyman, Director
  • Contact at 503-768-6715 or ejt@lclark.edu
  • The Global Law Alliance’s work includes a heavy focus on international wildlife law, including both marine and terrestrial wildlife, and sometimes our docket expands to issues of international trade, climate change, forest conservation, and other pressing international matters. Their work ranges from preparing for meetings relating to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) or the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), to assessing domestic legislation in order to strengthen opportunities to combat wildlife crime, to filing petitions, drafting legal opinions, and engaging in other means of strategic legal intervention in support of the Global Law Alliance’s priorities.

University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

  • International Environmental Law Clinic
  • Contact at + 386 1 42 03 100 or pf-dekanat@pf.uni-lj.si
  • Clinic staffers prove legal services in the field of national, European and international environmental law. Students may also volunteer for selected environmental NGOs in Slovenia

Monash University Faculty of Law (Australia)

  • Climate Justice Clinic
  • Contact at 1800 860 333 or law-clinics@monash.edu
  • Staffers strive to advise climate activists, climate NGOs and concerned citizens who wish to use legal tools and legal advocacy in their fight for climate justice.

University of New South Wales-Sydney (Australia)

  • Land and Environment Court Clinic
  • Contact at +61 2 9385 1000
  • The Land and Environment Court of NSW was the world’s first specialist environmental court established as a superior court of record. The court has wide civil, criminal and administrative jurisdiction, and has been influential well beyond NSW in its efforts to increase access to justice, for example introducing on-site hearings, and in its development of the law, such as on climate change.

University of São Paulo Faculty of Law (Brazil)

  • Paulo Nogueira Neto Environmental Law Clinic (Clínica de Direito Ambiental Paulo Nogueira Neto – CPaNN)
  • Patrícia Faga Iglecias Lemos, Coordinator, Professor 
  • Contact at (11) 31114003
  • As a student organization, CPaNN aims to unite theoretical study and practical activities in areas related to environmental law and sustainability, promoting critical analysis and the proposition of real solutions for matters concerning the social and environmental reality. Other than group studies, which are developed keeping in mind specific themes in environmental law, CPaNN develops projects both in and outside the university, concerning, for instance, environmental justice, environmental legislation, and sustainable practices in the urban environment.

Wuhan University School of Law (China)

  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Contact at (+86 27) 68774073 or elcwu@whu.edu.cn
  • The clinic supports environmental public interest groups and NGOs, organizations that may be entitled to bring an environmental public interest action to the courts and have been affected by air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution, solid waste pollution, land degradation, forest destruction, etc. The clinic may also assist citizens who wish to report pollution or environmental damage.