Environmental Law (LAW-629-001)
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An overview of U.S. environmental law, including environmental planning statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act, environmental product regulation statutes such as the Safe Drinking Water Act, pollution abatement statutes such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and cleanup statutes such as Superfund. Domestic U.S. federal environmental statutes are the particular focus. The method of assessment is a final examination (in the short-answer format), and class participation can be considered. There are no prerequisites required before taking this course.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Course Materials: There are three resources for this course: (1) a statute book, (2) a casebook, and (3) supplemental materials. Details on each of the three follow: (1) Statute Book: The current edition of Robin Kundis Craig, ed., “Selected Environmental Law Statutes, Educational Edition” (West Publishing). (2022-2023 edition, ISBN 9781636599083 ). You can get this book from any source you choose, and you only need the printed edition, you do not need any on-line extras. (If the published statute book is not ready for our first class, don’t worry, we’ll post sections needed on MyWCL.) (2) Casebook: The casebook is Glicksman et al, “Environmental Protection: Law and Policy” (Aspen Casebook Series, Wolters Kluwer Publishers, 8th ed., 2019). ISBN 978-1-4548-9961-7. You only need the printed edition, you do not need any on-line extras. You can get this book from any source, new or used. (3) The 2022 supplemental materials will be posted on the course's MyWCL website, closer to the beginning of the semester.
First Class Readings
First Class Reading Assignment. Here is the Reading Assignment for the first class: A. (1) Read Carefully pages 200 – 206 of the casebook; (2) Read Quickly the Supplemental Materials pages on the Mead case, and the West Virginia v. EPA case. B. Optional reading: the statements by President Clinton (November 1995), President Bush (August 2003), President Obama (April 2010), and President Trump (April 2017).
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