GreenLaw is the student-run
environmental law society at the University of Washington School of Law. We are law students dedicated to
environmental work in the non-profit, government, and private sectors. We welcome all students who are interested in
environmental issues – from climate change to sustainable agriculture to pollution
control – and who wish to contribute to our educational, advocacy, and
community service goals.
GREENLAW’S WORK AT A GLANCE:
academic year, GreenLaw offers programs to the Law School, the University, and the
greater Seattle community covering the full spectrum of environmental law
issues. Our goal is to bring leaders
from the field of environmental law and related disciplines to educate our
community, and to provide a venue for cutting-edge dialogue, scholarship, and
community engagement. We are also deeply
committed to serving as a public resource -- by providing educational
opportunities, information, and direct legal advocacy for clients and
organizations in need of assistance.
Through all of this work, our emphasis is on having fun with a diverse
group of students who share a passion for environmental law.
Programming highlights include:
- Speaker Series.
We offer lunchtime and afternoon lectures on environmental law topics
throughout the year. In the past we have
hosted the lead State attorney involved in the clean-up of the Hanford nuclear
site, scientists from UW’s Climate Impacts Group, and local experts in water
pollution regulation – to name a few. Last
spring we collaborated with the Washington
Journal of Environmental Law & Policy to bring attorneys to campus
representing the U.S. Government and the State of Louisiana in the aftermath of
the BP Deepwater Horizon Spill, as well as tribal representatives and Indian
Law experts to discuss the impact of oil and gas development on Washington
- Advocacy on Pressing Environmental Law
Issues. Each year, GreenLaw 1Ls collaborate with
public interest lawyers in the field to work on an environmental law project on
behalf of the public or economically disadvantaged clients. Last year we worked with the Trustees for
Alaska, a leading environmental law organization, on two projects concerning
the Clean Water Act and management of Alaska’s water resources. We also worked with the Center for
Environmental Law and Policy on issues related to the evolution of
industrialized aquaculture in Western Washington, including plastic pollution problems
associated with geoduck harvesting. Participating 1Ls in our 2011 advocacy
project will conduct legal research, work directly with attorneys at our
partner organization, and have an impact on an issue of pressing regional
- Networking & Professional
Development. GreenLaw provides meaningful
opportunities for its members to interact with environmental law professionals
in the non-profit, government, and private sectors. We host several career panels each year
featuring leaders in the Seattle legal community with an interest in recruiting
UW law students. We also organize
downtown happy hours with environmental lawyers to give students a chance to
get to know local practitioners in a more informal setting. In addition, this fall we will reprise our
popular “Summer Environmental Work” brown-bag lunch where 1Ls can hear from and
ask questions of 2L and 3L students who have completed environmental law
internships, externships, and summer jobs.
- Representing the Student Voice in the
Environmental Law Program. Through our “curriculum committee,” led by 2L
board members, we represent the student voice in meetings and are involved in ongoing
collaboration with the law school administration and faculty to ensure the
highest quality academic programming in environmental law.
made an effort in recent years to involve our students in service activities in
our local communities. Last year
GreenLaw members took part in a service project with the Mountains to Sound
Greenway Trust, helping to restore a local salmon stream as part of Earth Week.
While all of our
projects are a lot of fun, we also make time to hike and gather outside of the
law school for relaxation and recreation as a group. Keep your eye out for upcoming hikes,
potlucks, and other shenanigans!.