Environmental Law/ Toxic Torts February Committee Meeting

February 26 2015 | Committees

On Thursday, February 26th, the Environmental/Toxic Torts Committee welcomed Clinical Instructor Corinne Van Dalen. She teaches at the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic and discussed the work of the clinic. The clinic's mission is to train effective and ethical lawyers, by guiding law students through actual client representation, expand access to the legal system, and bolster community members' capacity to participate effectively in environmental decisions. The clinic benefits the legal community by training students to be strong, ethical litigators, and helps the Bar meet its obligation to ensure that access to justice is not "denied to people who are unable to afford legal services, or whose cause is controversial or the subject of popular disapproval." There are approximately 26 students each semester and learn about persuasive, clear, professional writing, effective and compelling oral arguments, and exercising professional judgment. Corinne went on to explain that students practice at all levels of Louisiana state courts, all federal courts in Louisiana, other federal courts by motion, and state agencies. Today's meeting was very informative and was a great way for attendees to gain knowledge about the inner workings of the clinic and how it benefits its students.

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