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.

Old Smokey
The Old Smokey Cleanup campaign harnesses legal advocacy and grassroots organizing to ensure the environmental cleanup of municipal parks contaminated by hazardous waste from the City of Miami’s now shuttered West Grove incinerator (i.e., Old Smokey). In 2017, an EJC-cooperating litigation team filed a state class action lawsuit against the City of Miami and the engineering firm contracted to perform site assessment, environmental reporting, sampling and remediation on behalf of past and present residents of the West Grove. The community seeks damages and the medical monitoring of the health of residents exposed to contamination.

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


Abigail L. Fleming
Part-Time Lecturer in Law
Environmental Justice Clinic
afleming@law.miami.edu; 678-602-0509

Lauren Madigan
Sr. Program Manager

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


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

 

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


Abigail L. Fleming
Part-Time Lecturer in Law
Environmental Justice Clinic
afleming@law.miami.edu; 678-602-0509

Lauren Madigan
Sr. Program Manager

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


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