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March 2012 Bar Bulletin

UW Environmental Law Journal Quickly Making Its Mark

By Elizabeth Coplan


With the second issue published in December, the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP) is making its way to becoming a distinguished, student-run and peer-reviewed law journal.

Founded in 2009 by UW law students under the guidance of professors Gregory Hicks and William Rodgers, as well as Dean Kellye Testy, WJELP publishes legal scholarship on environmental affairs. WJELP works with professors and practitioners in the field from around the country to publish articles that address topical, useful and important questions in environmental, natural resource, energy and water law. The semi-annual journal investigates current environmental law important to the Northwest and relevant nationally to propose law and policy solutions for the future.

Editor-in-chief and UW law student Amanda Righi said the journal provides readers with information that is practical and relevant for their everyday law and policy practices.

"We strive to publish articles that give professors, practitioners and students access to background, analysis and solutions to some of the most pressing concerns facing the environmental law community," she said.

Following the first issue that launched last July, the December issue addresses a wide range of environmental legal issues including:

  • BP's potential liability in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill;
  • The Klamath hydroelectric settlement agreement;

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