Maxine Lipeles

Senior Lecturer in Law; Director, Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic


A.B., 1975, Princeton
J.D., 1979, Harvard University

Curriculum Vitae


Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-5837
E-mail: milipele@wustl.edu 


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 121


Katie Herr - (314) 935-7238

Courses Taught

Environmental Law
Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic
Climate Change and the Law


Maxine I. Lipeles is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of the law school’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, where she was its sole director for nine years. Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Missouri and Illinois, she teaches various environmental law courses at Washington University and previously was a part-time professor for the university’s Department of Engineering and Policy and Department of Civil Engineering as well as the past Director of the Environmental Engineering Program for Washington University. Lipeles has been consistently recognized as one of the best environmental attorneys in the country and was a past recipient of a Professor of the Year Award from the law school’s Student Bar Association. In addition to her teaching and administrative duties running the clinic, she is the author and co-author of two casebooks: one on hazardous waste and another on water pollution. Before joining the university, Lipeles practiced for the St. Louis law firm Husch & Eppenberger (now Husch Blackwell Sanders) for eighteen years, achieving the rank of partner; she also worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Division. Prior to practicing law, she clerked for the Honorable William H. Orrick, Judge of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California in San Francisco.


  • Massachusetts Bar, since 1980 (currently inactive)
  • Missouri Bar, since 1982
  • Illinois Bar, since 2006
  • American Bar Association, Section on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law, since 1982
  • Environmental Integrity Project Board of Directors, 2005 -2009; Advisory Group, since 2009
  • Clean Water Action Board of Directors, since 2004
  • Legal Advisory Board, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, since 2009
  • Women’s Justice Award (Legal Scholar), St. Louis Daily Record, 2008
  • The Best Lawyers in America, since 1991