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Turner Environmental Law Clinic

The Turner Environmental Law Clinic provides important pro bono legal representation to individuals, community groups, and nonprofit organizations that seek to protect and restore the natural environment for the benefit of the public. Through its work, the clinic offers students an intense, hands-on introduction to environmental law and trains the next generation of environmental attorneys.

An Impactful Legal Resource

Working Towards Sustainable Solutions:  Each year, the Turner Environmental Law Clinic provides over 4,000 hours of free legal representation. The key matters occupying our docket—fighting for clean and sustainable energy, promoting regenerative agriculture and local food systems, and protecting our natural resources—are among the most critical issues for our city, state, region, and nation. Lawyers are problem solvers by trade, and the Clinic is all about creating solutions that benefit people and places, today and tomorrow.

Contributing to the Future of the Field: Each year, the Clinic enrolls up to 24 Emory Law students. These students learn to master the core elements of environmental law by conducting actual legal work – taking part in all aspects of complex civil litigation, presenting arguments at administrative hearings, drafting and negotiating transactional documents, and working on legislative and policy issues. Not only do they emerge with newfound expertise and confidence, but they understand from firsthand experience the importance of providing public interest environmental representations.  

Cultivating Community: The Clinic takes the lead on many representations, and works behind the scenes on others, facilitating positive change on behalf of low-income communities, communities of color, and others disproportionately impacted by pollution. With a genuine commitment to making sure that all voices are heard, the Clinic is building bridges, helping address environmental harms, and significantly improving the quality of life in underserved rural, suburban, and urban areas.