Environmental Justice Clinic

The Environmental Justice Clinic provides advocacy and transactional assistance to low- and moderate-income communities discriminated against by public and private actors in the contexts of the built and natural environment across the fields of civil rights (e.g., housing and transportation), environmental protection (e.g., biodiversity and wildlife, climate change, energy conservation and sustainability, food access, land use, and pollution), poverty law (e.g., community economic development and municipal equity), and public health.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency defines environmental justice as "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies." By design, environmental justice blends many of the principles from the civil rights and environmental movements to promote the equitable distribution of environmental burdens and benefits regardless of race, income or ethnicity.

In the News

Test results from sludge site raise eyebrows, prompt more testing –The News-Press
A legend on Miami’s federal bench, Judge William Hoeveler dies at 95 – Miami Herald
Toxic sludge addressed at Dunbar town hall – NBC2
Homeowner: Re-fi denied due to city sludge site – The News-Press
Miami Sued for Dumping Cancer-Causing Toxic Ash on Segregated Neighborhood – Miami New Times
Environmental Justice Intern Nico Sedivy, '17 Center for Ethics and Public Service – BrownConnect Blogpost
Commissioner Sarnoff: Toxic Soil at Merrie Christmas Park Will Be Removed Soon – Miami New Times
Community group hopes to buy controversial Coconut Grove trolley garage – Miami Herald
Miami may change course on clean-up of toxic park – Miami Herald
City Quietly Labels Toxic Parks “Brownfield Sites,” Limiting Neighborhood Input In Cleanup – Miami New Times
Miami finds millions to clean, reopen contaminated sites - Miami Herald
Miami has a $10 million plan to reopen toxic parks – Miami Herald
Parts of Colonial Drive Park Closed Due to Toxic Soil – CBS Miami
Toxic soil forces closure of fields – Miami Herald
City inaction on polluted soil angers residents – Miami Herald
Contaminated soil found in Blanche Park – Miami Herald
Workers drill down for tainted soil samples in Coconut Grove park – Miami Herald

Scholarship

 Publications

Ghetto Access to Justice: Community Triage Ethics, 31 GEO. J. LEGAL ETHICS (2018).

Inner-City Anti-Poverty Campaigns, 64 UCLA L. Rev. (2017).

Rebellious Pedagogy and Practice, 23 Clinical L. Rev. 5 (2016).

Resistance Songs: Mobilizing the Law and Politics of Community, 93 Tex. L. Rev. 1459 (2015).

Objecting to Race, 27 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1129 (2014).

Paternalistic Interventions in Civil Rights and Poverty Law: A Case Study of Environmental Justice, 112 Mich. L. Rev. 1157 (2014).

Next-Generation Civil Rights Lawyers: Race and Representation in the Age of Identity Performance, with Angela Onwuachi-Willig, 122 Yale L.J. 1484 (2013).

Community Education and Access to Justice in a Time of Scarcity: Notes from the West Grove Trolley Garage Case, 2013 Wis. L. Rev 121 (2013).

Educating Lawyers for Community, 2012 Wis. L. Rev. 115 (2012).

Fidelity to Community: A Defense of Community Lawyering, 90 Tex. L. Rev. 635 (2012).

Big Law and Risk Management: Case Studies of Litigation, Deals, and Diversity, 24 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 991 (2011).

Integrating into a Burning House: Race- and Identity-Conscious Visions in Brown's Inner City, 84 S. Cal. L. Rev. 541 (2011).

Post-racialism in the Inner-City: Structure and Culture in Lawyering, 98 Geo. L.J. 921 (2010).

Jim Crow Ethics and the Defense of the Jena Six, 94 Iowa L. Rev. 1651 (2009).

Prosecuting the Jena Six, 93 Cornell L. Rev. 1285 (2008).

(Un)Covering Identity in Civil Rights and Poverty Law, 121 Harv. L. Rev. 805 (2008).

Faith in Community: Representing "Colored Town", 95 Cal. L. Rev. 1829 (2007).

Clinical Genesis in Miami, with Maryanne Stanganelli, Jessi Tamayo, Wendi Adelson, 75 UMKC L. Rev. 1137 (2007).

The Fall of Legal Ethics and the Rise of Risk Management, 94 Geo. L.J. 1909 (2006)

Gideon in White/Gideon in Black: Race and Identity in Lawyering, 114 Yale L.J. 1459 (2005).

Color/Identity/Justice: Chicano Trials, 53 Duke L.J. 1569 (2004).

John Hart Ely: Fathers and Sons, 58 U. Miami L. Rev. 953 (2004).

Retrying Race, 101 Mich. L. Rev. 1141 (2003).

Community Prosecutors, 90 Cal. L. Rev. 1465 (2002).

Ethics, Race, and Reform, 54 Stan. L. Rev. 1389 (2002).

Teaching the Law of Race, 89 Cal. L. Rev. 1605 (2001).

Race Prosecutors, Race Defenders, 89 Geo. L.J. Geo. L.J. 2227 (2001).

Prosecuting Violence/Reconstructing Community, 52 Stan. L. Rev. 809 (2000).

Prosecuting Race, 48 Duke L.J. 1157 (1999).

(Er)Race-ing an Ethic of Justice, 51 Stan. L. Rev. 935 (1999).

Black and White, 10 La Raza L.J. 561 (1998).

Roundtable Discussion: Visions for the Future - Lawyering for Poor Communities in the Twenty-First Century, 25 Fordham Urb. L.J. 729 (1998).

Race Trials, 76 Tex. L. Rev. 1293 (1998).

Black and White, 85 Cal. L. Rev. 1647 (1997).

Lynching Ethics: Toward a Theory of Racialized Defenses, 95 Mich. L. Rev. 1063 (1997).

Mitigation, Mercy, and Delay: The Moral Politics of Death Penalty Abolitionists, 31 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 325 (1996).

Race-ing Legal Ethics, 96 Colum. L. Rev. 800 (1996).

Practicing Community, 107 Harv. L. Rev. 1747 (1994).

Reconstructive Poverty Law Practice: Learning Lessons of Client Narrative, 100 Yale L.J. 2107 (1991).

The Antinomies of Poverty Law and a Theory of Dialogic Empowerment, 16 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 659 (1988).

Forms

Old Smokey Information Sheet

Old Smokey Questionnaire

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Application for 2018-2019


For Information

Natalie Barefoot, n.barefoot@law.miami.edu, Supervising Attorney
 

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Coral Gables, Florida 33124-8087

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1311 Miller Drive, Room G287
Coral Gables, FL 33146-8087
Phone: 305-284-3934
Fax: 305-284-1588
E-mail: Ebonie Carter, ecarter1@law.miami.edu

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Anthony V. Alfieri is Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service (CEPS) and Founder and Director of the Historic Black Church Program.

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CONTACT
Mailing Address
:
University of Miami School of Law
Center for Ethics & Public Service
P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, Florida 33124-8087

Street Address:
1311 Miller Drive, Room G287
Coral Gables, FL 33146-8087
Phone: 305-284-3934
Fax: 305-284-1588
E-mail: Ebonie Carter, ecarter1@law.miami.edu

THE DIRECTOR
Anthony V. Alfieri is Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service (CEPS) and Founder and Director of the Historic Black Church Program.

PUBLICATIONS