At the Center
The Conservation Law Center provides legal counsel without charge to conservation organizations, works to improve conservation law and policy, and offers law students clinical experience in the practice of law and the profession's public service tradition.
Generous Gift Funds New Faculty Chair
A recent gift from CLC Board member Glen Scolnik and his wife Donna will benefit the Conservation enormously. They funded a faculty Chair in Conservation Law, intended to be held by the Director of the Conservation Law Center.
New Clinic Office Opened in Indianapolis
This fall the Conservation Law Center opened its second Clinic office, located at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. The office has been enthusiastically welcomed by our clients, and by the new clinic students. The presence in Indianapolis will enable the Center to access new matters with the added benefit of allowing efforts to continue to build the Conservation Law Center.
Protecting the Endangered Indiana Bat
We are arguing in court that the endangered Indiana bat deserves more protection than it is getting in the process for approving wind energy installations. We came across a study that concluded that the protections we would like to see implemented will cost about 1 percent of the power the wind turbines can generate. Wind turbines produce relatively little power from gentle breezes. Bats, on the other hand, avoid flying when the wind blows at the speed it takes to generate wind power efficiently. That's why it is possible to reduce bat fatalities by about 80% while losing only 1 percent of the power. The trick is to keep the wind tower blades from turning until the wind reaches a speed of six and a half meters per second. We believe we are arguing for something wind producers can do. We have made our arguments under the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act to the District Court in Washington, D.C., and we await the Court's ruling.
CLC Welcomed Two Graduate Fellow Attorneys Fall of 2014
Peter Murrey is a 2014 cum laude graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He came to CLC with experience, having interned with the Sierra Club, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and with our own Conservation Law Clinic.
Alexis Andiman joined CLC after completing a fellowship with the Center of Biological Diversity in San Francisco. She received her J.D. with honors, and a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2013.
Alexis and Peter are already adding significant value working on a number of client matters.
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