Environmental Water Law Clinic

Orange County Coastkeeper, a well-known non-profit organization, has joined together with Whittier Law School to create the Coastkeeper Environmental Water Law Clinic at Whittier Law School.

Orange County Coastkeeper Logo

Through the Clinic, students will assist Coastkeeper, a non-profit organization, to prepare for litigation using the federal Clean Water Act against polluters affecting water quality in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Whittier Law students will also help protect public access to waterways under the Coastal Act, and will follow, monitor and comment on development projects that may affect regional waterways and public access.

The Clinic is being taught by Coastkeeper staff attorney and Whittier Law School alumnus, Colin Kelly. Students work with Kelly for 20 hours per week on Coastkeeper’s legal cases and advocacy issues. The Clinic will take place both on the Whittier Law School campus and at the Coastkeeper office in Costa Mesa.

“Orange County does not have a large environmental law presence, and so we are providing a new learning opportunity for students interested in the developing field of environmental law,” states Kelly. The Clinic complements the Environmental Law Concentration offered by Whittier Law School.