PennFuture Joins Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic in Partnership to Increase Capacity for Citizen Cases

Feb. 14, 2018 (Philadelphia, Pa.) – PennFuture and Vermont Law School’s Environment and Natural Resources Law Clinic have entered into a partnership that will enhance citizens’ ability to protect Pennsylvania’s waters by enforcing  state and federal laws and holding polluters accountable. 
“The primary goal of the partnership is to empower citizens participating in enforcement cases in Pennsylvania, and to further PennFuture’s mission of protecting Pennsylvania’s streams and rivers,” said PennFuture Vice President of Legal Affairs George Jugovic, Jr. “We’re very excited to establish this relationship with one of the nation’s top environmental law schools.  It will enhance our ability to protect the Commonwealth’s natural resources while providing invaluable real-world training to the next generation of environmental attorneys.”
The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) operates as a public interest law firm that provides practical educational experiences to students at the Vermont Law School.  ENRLC will represent PennFuture in Clean Water Act and Clean Streams Law citizen suit enforcement cases. ENRLC student clinicians will assume primary responsibility for developing and pursuing lawsuits under the supervision of experienced ENRLC and PennFuture attorneys.
“This is a terrific opportunity for Vermont Law School students to help expand PennFuture’s capacity to protect the environment,” said Kenneth J. Rumelt, professor of law and senior attorney, ENRLC. “With state and federal environmental enforcement on the chopping block, the timing could not be better.”
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania, fighting big polluters with legal muscle, enforcing environmental laws, and supporting legislative policy that protects public health. PennFuture is engaging and educating citizens about the realities of climate change, and giving them the tools needed to influence lawmakers on the issues. Visit http://www.pennfuture.org for more information.
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