Turner Environmental Law Clinic
The Turner Environmental Law Clinic provides important pro bono legal representation to individuals, community groups, and nonprofit organizations that seek to protect and restore the natural environment for the benefit of the public.
Through its work, the Clinic offers students an intense, hands-on introduction to environmental law and trains the next generation of environmental attorneys.
Students conduct actual legal work and learn to master the core elements of environmental representations. They take part in all aspects of complex civil litigation – drafting legal memoranda, briefs, and pleadings, and participating in client meetings, expert interviews, discovery, negotiations, and the development of case strategy. They present arguments at administrative hearings and prepare transactional documents. And they work on legislative and policy issues at the local, state, and national level. Throughout the course of this work, students interact with clients, community groups, government personnel, experts, co-counsel, and opposing counsel.
An Integral Legal Resource for Georgia and the Southeast
Each year, the Turner Environmental Law Clinic provides clients with over 4,000 hours of pro bono legal representation. Most, if not all, of these clients would go unrepresented if not for the Clinic and its co-counsel. Additionally, the Clinic plays an important role for Georgia’s environmental legal community, sponsoring monthly lunch meetings and hosting other gatherings of Georgia’s public interest environmental attorneys.
The Clinic’s unique mission – combining legal education with pro bono environmental protection efforts – provides increased manpower to address some of the most important environmental issues of the day.
The Clinic’s work touches upon a broad range of environmental matters. Currently, we are working to: promote clean and sustainable energy, promote sustainable agriculture, encourage transparency in government decision-making, protect water resources, encourage conservation, and defend the National Environmental Policy Act. Learn more >>
“During my time with the Turner Clinic, I had the opportunity to participate in the drafting of an amendment to the Atlanta Zoning Code to provide for urban agriculture in the City of Atlanta. I then collaborated with Professor Goldstein and a team of partners and clients to build support for the amendment from government officials and communities. Working on such a tangible advocacy project has been the highlight of my law school experience.” Jonathan Goreham 13L
“The Turner Clinic was the most enjoyable part of my law school experience and solidified my interest in practicing environmental law. The work was always challenging and helped me to develop much greater confidence in my abilities as an advocate, especially my legal writing. It was a truly unique opportunity to gain hands on experience working on complex litigation with national policy implications while still in law school. I really cannot say enough wonderful things about my experience at the Turner Clinic.” Ross Phillips 12L
“The clinic’s docket focuses on cases that maximize the students’ opportunity to develop practical legal skills. As a second-year law student, I traveled to Miami to participate in a nuclear power plant permitting proceeding before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Before the hearing, I worked with fellow students to draft briefs and motions. At the hearing, I presented an oral argument to a panel of three administrative law judges. This experience helped me develop the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to become a more effective advocate.” Carter Thurman 12L
Support the Clinic
The work of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic is funded by the generosity of friends of Emory Law and the environment. Your donations make a difference!
“I can’t stress how invaluable it was for me to get such hands-on mentoring and insight at the clinic yet be given the freedom to craft my arguments and implement them in a real case. Working with, and against, licensed attorneys gave me the confidence to know that I can be a successful advocate.” Matt Shechtman 11L
How to Apply
Each semester, the Clinic enrolls up to twelve second-year and third-year students. Students earn three graded credit hours for a minimum of 150 hours of work, including a weekly staff meeting and manning the Clinic during business hours. Students may work in the Clinic for two semesters.
Prerequisites or Co-requisites
Admission into the Clinic is competitive. To apply, students must have taken or be currently enrolled in the fall, two-credit Environmental Advocacy course. Preference is given to students who also have taken or are currently enrolled in Environmental Law, Administrative Law, and other coursework in environmental or regulatory areas.
The Application Process
An application to the Clinic consists of an online form in Symplicity and the following uploaded documents: cover letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcript.
We schedule interviews after we receive and review all applications.
Application Deadline: Applications for Spring 2014 are due by October 16, 2013, 2013.
“The Clinic’s hands-on approach to learning has been one of the best opportunities to develop practical legal skills. When I draft a complaint or brief, I know that I will get the guidance and feedback needed to produce quality work because each student works with clinic attorneys. I feel much more prepared for practice because of this experience.” Sara Warren 13L
For more information about the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, contact:
Mindy Goldstein, Director
Turner Environmental Law Clinic
Emory University School of Law
1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322