Environmental Law Society is a student-run group 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 to endangered species, and who wish to contribute to our educational, advocacy, and community service goals.
Come join the Environmental Law Society on Saturday during the International Coastal Cleanup Day on Alki Beach, enjoy some of the last days of summer, and get to know your classmates. This is one of the largest global volunteer days with approximately 600,000 people worldwide cleaning up local waterways and recording every piece of trash to publish an annual report on what is floating in our oceans. Email email@example.com to join a carpool to Alki or meet us there at 9am.
The UW Environmental Law Society is partnering with Attorney Andrea Rodgers Harris to file several Clean Water Act enforcement cases against Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Western Washington. The CAFOs contribute to significant nitrate groundwater pollution. ELS pro bono volunteers will assist Ms. Rodgers Harris in building the enforcement cases against these facilities, which will involve the request and review of public records to pinpoint the discharges, drafting of the notice letters, and potentially drafting the complaints. This project will provide great exposure to the initiation of a citizen suit under the Clean Water Act.