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Fall 2017
5390 Environmental Law - FLATT- 12603

Professor(s): Victor Flatt (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MW  Location: 213  BLB

Course Outline: Environmental law plays a pivotal role in protecting our personal health and welfare, guiding economic development and business life, and shielding our most precious natural treasures and resources from misuse or harm. Because it protects such broad and often conflicting purposes, environmental law has evolved from its common law roots into a complex set of federal and state statutory protections, administrative regulatory prohibitions, and often convoluted judicial interpretations. This course will introduce you to the broad field of environmental law and give you a practical sense of the key skills and tools you would need to start handling environmental projects.

This course will use a combination of lectures, class discussions, in-class exercises and sample problems, and case studies. We will use role-playing exercises to give you experience in real-life negotiations. The course will start with theoretical overviews of the commonality of environmental laws and will then focus on specific statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERCLA, and the Endangered Species Act.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus revised 8/15/17

Course Notes:   Course has both a textbook and a statutory supplement. Textbook will be produced as copied materials, and the supplement will be available for purchase at the UH Law Bookstore. BOTH ARE REQUIRED FOR THE COURSE.

Textbook is available for pickup in TUII-114 from 7-4 M-F as of 8/14.


First Day Assignments: Introduction: A history of statutory environmental law, and the EPA
Assignment – Chapter 1: 1-6; Pete Andrews, The EPA at 40, on posted on Blackboard

Final Exam Schedule: 12/8 10AM - 1PM 111 TU2    

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course: No

Course Materials (6/16/2017 2:05:51 PM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Textbook will be a course packet (due to publication schedule pickup TBA). Supplement available for purchase from UH Law Bookstore - Craig's Selected Environmental Law Statutes, 2017-2018 Educational Edition, ISBN 9781683288879.