Fall 2020
5390 Environmental Law - FLATT- 26470

Professor(s): Victor Flatt (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MW  Location: 240  TUII

Course Outline: Environmental law plays a pivotal role in protecting our personal health and welfare, guiding economic development and business life, and shielding our most precious natural treasures and resources from misuse or harm. Because it protects such broad and often conflicting purposes, environmental law has evolved from its common law roots into a complex set of federal and state statutory protections, administrative regulatory prohibitions, and often convoluted judicial interpretations. This course will introduce you to the broad field of environmental law and give you a practical sense of the key skills and tools you would need to start handling environmental projects.

This course will use a combination of lectures, class discussions, in-class exercises and sample problems, and case studies. We will use role-playing exercises to give you experience in real-life negotiations. The course will start with theoretical overviews of the commonality of environmental laws and will then focus on specific statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERCLA, and the Endangered Species Act.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus REVISED 08-14-2020

Course Notes: HyFlex  The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to teach in a physical classroom. The extent to which that room will be used during the semester is up to the instructor and may vary during the semester. When the classroom is used by an instructor, those class sessions will be operated in “HyFlex” mode: remote presence is available to any student via internet videoconferencing, and recordings will be available. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/07 9am - noon     

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials (3/31/2020 1:38:15 PM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Johnston, Funk, and Flatt's Legal Protection of the Environment, 4th Edition 2018, ISBN: 9781683282198; Craig's Selected Environmental Law Statutes, 2019-2020 Educational Edition, ISBN: 9781684671489.