Citizen suits

Karl Coplan

Professor Karl Coplan teaches courses in Environmental Law and Constitutional Law, and is co-director of Pace Law School’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. As the principal outside counsel for Riverkeeper, Inc., Professor Coplan and the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic have brought numerous lawsuits enforcing the Clean Water Act and other environmental laws. These cases include Catskill Mountains Chapter, Trout Unlimited v. City of New York, in which the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the transfer of polluted, silt-laden water from one watershed to another required a permit pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act.  Professor Coplan has also participated in litigation and Clean Water Act permitting proceedings involving several Hudson River power plants, including the proposed Bowline 3 power plant, and the Lovett, Roseton, Danskammer, and Athens plants.

Prior to joining the Pace faculty, Professor Coplan practiced land use and environmental litigation for eight years with the New York City firm of Berle, Kass & Case. He is the author of the chapter on Citizen Suit Litigation in Environmental Litigation, Law and Strategy (ABA, Cary Perlman, Ed.)  and the chapter on Takings Law in Handbook on Constitutional Environmental Law (ABA, James May, Ed., 2010).

Areas of expertise: environmental law, water law, citizen suits

Daniel Estrin

Professor Dan Estrin joined the Pace Law faculty in 2006, where he now is the Supervising Attorney of the Environmental Litigation Clinic.

Prior to his work at Pace, Prof. Estrin served as special counsel to Kennedy & Madonna, LLP, where he represented environmental advocacy organizations and concerned citizens in suits against operators of factory farms, also known as “concentrated animal feeding operations.”  Prof. Estrin also practiced for eight years in the commercial litigation department at Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York City.

Areas of expertise: water law, environmental law, citizen suits

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