GreenLaw members have the option of participating in one or more Pro Bono projects during their time at UW Law, which provide opportunities for students to gain substantive legal
experience within a specific area of environmental law.
2012-2013 Pro Bono Projects: TBD
Summary of Winter 2011/Spring 2012 Pro Bono Projects:
There are three project options available. GreenLaw is still
working on determining whether we will have enough interest to take on all projects
or whether we will only work on one or two during the Winter quarter and your
feedback will help us make this decision.
- Project 1 (public
trust/climate change litigation): We will prepare an amicus brief
for a climate change case centered around the theory that the state has an
obligation to regulate climate change as part of its public trust
obligation. This project will consist primarily of legal research.
- Project 2 (520
bridge/climate change litigation): We will prepare an amicus brief
related to the Puget Sound Regional Council's (PSRC) adoption of its
Transportation 2040 goals. Many parties, including the Snoqualmie Indian
Tribe and Tahoma Audubon Society argue that the environmental impact
statement released by PSRC failed to consider the impact its
transportation vision would have on future generations, which is required
by many legal authorities. Additionally, the environmental impact
statement does not adequately address growing environmental concerns that
might violate the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, making the State of
Washington potentially liable under both. This project will consist of
both legal research and writing.
- Project 3 (state
water law): This project will consist of researching and preparing a
written overview of state enforcement efforts relating to instream flow
protection and water quality laws, in salmon bearing streams and