This course examines the role of legal advocacy in the context of the environmental justice movement, its origins, tenets, challenges, and strategies. We will focus specifically on issues of environmental health addressed by the movement, including disproportionate exposure to toxics, special problems related to the impact of industrial agriculture, and human health problems associated with pesticide use. The course will examine legal strategies to address issues of environmental health that disproportionately affect low income communities and communities of color. We will discuss and evaluate relevant laws, challenges presented by the history of enforcement of the law, and potential mechanisms and points of leverage for change.
Grading: Your final grade will be based on (1) class participation, including generally discussion and your leadership of discussion on assigned date(s) (your discussion paper(s) will be taken into account in this portion of the grade) (approximately 25%); (2) the mid-term memo (approximately 25%), and (3) the final project, including a complaint, petition, or set of comments and short reflection paper (approximately 50%).