|New Clinic Opens at Law School
Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law announces the creation of an Earth Advocacy Clinic at its campus in Orlando. The clinic, which officially began operating this semester, provides legal counseling and representation to individuals, groups of individuals and organizations on environmental issues.
The Earth Advocacy Clinic, which complements the school’s Dominican history of concern for the environment, will provide Barry law students with hands-on legal practice experience on environmental issues; represent clients who may have difficulties seeking adequate legal representation on these issues; and contribute to the betterment of the environment. The clinic will focus on litigation, client counseling, regulatory work, lay education and research as it relates to environmental issues. Barry becomes only the third law school in Florida to offer an in-house environmental clinic.
“As a former law student who fully embraced clinical opportunities and who is coming from a career in public interest environmental law, I am excited to be part of developing Barry’s Earth Advocacy Clinic, which will simultaneously provide great real-life experiences for Barry’s students and greater access to representation for clients dealing with these important issues,” said Jeanne Zokovitch Paben, director of the Earth Advocacy Clinic.
Students, faculty and staff involved with the clinic will work on cases in partnership with non-profit and private attorneys and law firms representing clients on public interest environmental issues. The clinic has already begun working with WildLaw, an environmental, non-profit organization. First semester cases include representation of individuals and a community-based organization on a contaminated sites case; representation of environmental organizations on endangered species cases; and cases involving actions in Florida’s three national forests.