Environmental law students part of legal victory in New York

The Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic scored another victory when they helped with a case in New Paltz, NY. A unanimous decision by a New York appellate court reversed a trial judge and upheld the town’s wetlands law. The clinic students had represented friend-of-the-court Riverkeeper Inc.

Local landowners had challenged the law, which was enacted in 2011, saying the town maps were too vague to provided for fair enforcement of the law. Unlike most other wetlands laws in New York, this one also protects seasonal vernal pools.

“We found that New Paltz’s law was certainly no more vague than about 80 other similar laws– and certainly much less onerous,” Professor Dan Estrin is quoted as saying in an article that appeared in law360.com. Professor Estrin is the co-supervising attorney for the Clinic.

To read the full article that appeared in law360.com, click here: NY Appellate Panel Revives Town

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