Environmental law students visit U.S. Supreme Court
Public Relations - Published: October 15, 2008

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Widener Law students from left, Joel Hollaar, William O'Shaughnessy, Matthew McCrystal, Jordan Schlossberg, Robert Gordon, Adam Flager, Daniel Moran, and Sonya Dore.

widenerLawEnviroSupreme235px A group of eight Delaware-campus law students recently traveled to the U.S. Supreme Court, where they heard arguments in two cases.

The students, all enrolled in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, were accompanied by clinic Director and Associate Professor Kenneth T. Kristl on the Wednesday, Oct. 8 excursion.

Their timing was perfect. The court heard two significant environmental cases that day:


Winter, et al. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., et al., which focused on whether the U.S. Navy was improperly prohibited from conducting training exercises off the coast of California that used a type of sonar thought to be harmful to whales and dolphins. The students heard U.S. Solicitor General Gregory Garre argue on behalf of the U.S. military and Los Angeles attorney Richard Kendal argue for the environmental group.

Summers, et al. v. Earth Island Institute, et al. , which looked at U.S. Forest Service regulations, including public comment opportunities in response to nationwide forestry decisions. Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler argued for the forestry service and Colorado attorney Matt Kenna argued for the Earth Island Institute.

Kristl said he arranged reserved seating for the Widener group, so the students could stay for both cases. It was the second year in a row he took a student group to the court and he hopes to continue making it an annual event. Those who went this year included:
  • Joel Hollaar
  • William O'Shaughnessy
  • Matthew McCrystal
  • Jordan Schlossberg
  • Robert Gordon
  • Adam Flager
  • Daniel Moran
  • Sonya Dore