Regional focus: The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center

No, this isn't an Icelandic jazz quintet. It's Professor Noah Hall and the Water Wonks at the Environmental Law Clinic at Wayne State University.

No, this isn't an ultrahip Icelandic jazz quintet. It's Professor Noah Hall and the Water Wonks at the Environmental Law Clinic at Wayne State University.

Noah Hall is the creator of Great Lakes Law, which he describes as “A Blog on All Things Wet and Legal in the Great Lakes Region.” He professes law at Wayne State University Law School and is a frequent visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School.  This of course left him with enormous amounts of extra time on his hands, and to stave off boredom he founded and is the executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.

The center works in collaboration with Wayne State Law’s Environmental Law Clinic where Hall and colleague Professor Nick Schroeck supervise law students as they dirty their hands in the vast and muddy legal waters of the Great Lakes region.
I work at Berkeley Law, and my experience tells me that law clinics may be the only real win-win situation in town. The students get valuable hands-on experience guided by experts, and the community at large benefits from their pro bono work. From the clinic’s home page:
The Environmental Law Clinic prepares students for their future legal and environmental advocacy work while serving the community in Michigan. The Environmental Law Clinic is a resource for citizens, community organizations, and government leaders working towards environmental protection. It gives Wayne Law students the opportunity to play a critical role in solving our region’s most pressing environmental problems.
Currently, the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center is aiming its prodigious intellectual firepower at the following issues:
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