Environmental Justice Clinic: Cases, Campaigns, Resources

EJC internsThe Clinic's current campaigns include: 

Dunbar
Through the support of the EJC and partner attorneys, the residents of Dunbar, a predominantly African American community, are taking legal action against the City of Fort Myers in federal court for locating an arsenic-contaminated toxic sludge dump in the heart of their historic neighborhood.

The Old Smokey Cleanup Campaign
The Old Smokey Cleanup campaign harnessed federal, state, and local administrative and legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, and widespread public outcry from homeowners, tenants, churches, and parents to compel the environmental cleanup of municipal parks contaminated by hazardous waste from the 45-year operation of the City of Miami’s now shuttered West Grove incinerator (i.e., Old Smokey).

The Clinic's victories include:

The West Grove Trolley Garage Campaign
The West Grove Trolley Garage campaign halted the siting of a City of Coral Gables municipal bus depot in a northern residential enclave of the West Grove by integrating federal administrative agency advocacy, state court litigation, and homeowner and church mobilization to protest the environmental segregation of an industrial facility and the risk posed to public health and safety.

The East Gables Trolley Access Campaign
The East Gables Trolley Access campaign obtained municipal trolley service for residents of the historically segregated MacFarlane Homestead Subdivision and the Golden Gates District of Coral Gables by organizing community education workshops and marshaling the power of homeowners and tenants to demand transportation equity within local administrative and legislative forums.

Community Benefits Agreement Template & General Resources: A Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) is a legally binding, private contract between a developer of a land project and community-based organizations. CBAs aim to benefit both parties: the developer commits to providing specified community benefits, and community groups agree to support the project in the governmental approval process. Through CBAs, low-income communities can shape development projects to benefit their neighborhoods.

This CBA guide provides communities with a template, as well as access to CBA resources and examples that have been successfully implemented in various communities across the nation. The goal is to enable users to consider different options and fashion creative solutions tailored to specific community needs.

For Information

Please contact environmentaljusticeclinic@law.miami.edu

ADMINISTRATION & FACULTY

Natalie Barefoot
Director, Environmental Justice Clinic
Lecturer in Law
Faculty Scholar, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy

n.barefoot@law.miami.edu; 305-284-3198

Daniela Tagtachian
Lecturer/Mysun Foundation Fellow
Environmental Justice Clinic

dtagtachian@law.miami.edu; 305-284-2071

Lauren Madigan
Sr. Program Manager

lmadigan@law.miami.edu; 305-284-9185

Ebonie Carter
Administrative Assistant
ecarter1@law.miami.edu; 305-284-3934

Edith Georgi
Senior Fellow
Historic Black Church Program
egeorgi@law.miami.edu; 305-773-8278

ADMINISTRATION & FACULTY

Natalie Barefoot
Director, Environmental Justice Clinic
Lecturer in Law
Faculty Scholar, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy

n.barefoot@law.miami.edu; 305-284-3198

Daniela Tagtachian
Lecturer/Mysun Foundation Fellow
Environmental Justice Clinic

dtagtachian@law.miami.edu; 305-284-2071

Lauren Madigan
Sr. Program Manager

lmadigan@law.miami.edu; 305-284-9185

Ebonie Carter
Administrative Assistant
ecarter1@law.miami.edu; 305-284-3934

Edith Georgi
Senior Fellow
Historic Black Church Program
egeorgi@law.miami.edu; 305-773-8278