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Wayne State, Univ of Windsor create joint environmental law clinic

Detroit skyline seen from Windsor, Ontario, across the Detroit River.
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Detroit skyline seen from Windsor, Ontario, across the Detroit River.

About a dozen law students from Detroit and Windsor will have a chance to work together on environmental legal issues.

The law schools at Wayne State University and the University of Windsor will team up this fall to create North America's first  transnational environmental law clinic.

Nick Schroeck is with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, and he directs the Environmental Law Clinic at Wayne State. He says the students will tackle issues important to both Michigan and Canada, like Great Lakes water quality, air pollution and invasive species.

"Oftentimes you’ll see groups in Michigan commenting on Michigan projects, groups in Ontario commenting on Ontario projects, but there isn’t always a lot of overlap. So we’re hoping to really drive a regional perspective through this international lens."

Schroeck says the law students will take on cases in both Michigan and Canada, as well as work to develop and strengthen environmental policies in both countries.


Jennifer is a reporter for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously covered arts and culture for the station, and was one of the lead reporters on the award-winning education series Rebuilding Detroit Schools. Prior to working at Michigan Radio, Jennifer lived in New York where she was a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in the Bronx.
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