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Climate Law (LAWS 5781)

Course Info

The course is designed to provide an overview of both the breadth and depth of environmental regulation in the United States and to consider ways our environmental regulatory system might be improved. Although all of the major environmental laws will be surveyed, several statutes will be examined in greater detail. Students will be expected to navigate select provisions of statutes and regulations through in-class problem sets. Guest speakers will also be invited to speak on topics of current interest.


Prof. Beth Nagusky

Beth Nagusky has over 30 years of environmental law experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She served as Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, State Energy Director, Director of the Maine Renewable Power Association, and as an attorney with the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Environment Northeast (Acadia Center). After returning to Ohio, Beth worked with the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) to secure the nearly one dozen state and federal permits and approvals needed for the Icebreaker Wind Project, a 6 turbine offshore wind demonstration project proposed 8 miles off the coast of Cleveland. Icebreaker will be North America’s first freshwater offshore wind project.


The syllabus for your course is available on Canvas.


Study Aids

These study aids are available online.  Please click the hyperlinked title to view them. For instructions on how to use the specific platforms, including troubleshooting, please view Andy Dorchak's Study Aids Research Guide.


Computer-Aided Legal Instruction (CALI) requires an authorization code to use. If you do not have a CALI account, please contact Kieran Layton or the reference desk for assistance.

CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) Environmental Law lessons


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Quimbee Environmental Law materials

Audio Guides

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