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Western Watersheds Project Clinic

Spring: LAW 601 09 Credit(s)
Fall: LAW 600 21

Academic Year Only

Western Watersheds Project
Supervising Attorney:  Summer Nelson

Faculty Supervisors:

Associate Professor Michelle Bryan (Fall)
406.243.6753
michelle.bryan@umontana.edu

Assistant Professor Martha Williams (Spring)
406.243.6653
martha.williams@mso.umt.edu

Satisfies Environmental/Natural Resource Law Certificate Requirement

Prerequisites: 

  • Professional Responsibility (effective for all classes entering Fall 2011 and thereafter)
  • Introduction to Environmental Law, effective Fall 2012

Recommended Courses:  It is strongly recommended that students in this clinic have taken or are taking Public Lands and Administrative Law.

Areas of Law:  Environmental and Natural Resources Law; Public Lands Law; Administrative Law; Litigation

Lawyering Skills: Research and writing; Litigation support and potential courtroom work; Policy advocacy; Environmental record review; Work with scientists

Sample Projects: Prepare challenges to inadequate EIS documents relating to impacts to water resources; Research challenges to deficient grazing and forest management plans; bison management litigation.

Western Watershed Project’s Montana office was established in September of 2008, and collaborates with local grassroots activists and a national network of experts and other grassroot organizations on campaigns to restore wildlife habitat on public lands that have been degraded by over a century of inappropriate grazing. The primary focus of WWP Montana is to return wild, free-roaming bison to Big Sky country as a keystone species to restore ecosystem health and natural balance to our shared wildlands.  WWP has a reputation as an aggressive advocate for public lands and wildlife, and has successfully employed creative litigation along with effective public relations, education and outreach, along with participation in administrative and political processes, to advance the public interest.  Interns must have a demonstrated interest in wild things and wild places, and can anticipate working closely with WWP’s attorneys in ways that will maximize the intern’s own creative talents, environmental knowledge, and advocacy skills.  Interns can expect to learn first-hand how administrative record cases are built and prosecuted against public lands agencies, and will be afforded the opportunity to assume responsibility for creative legal research and writing on cutting edge issues in environmental law.