Community Advisory Board

A Community Advisory Board, whose members have a commitment to and recognized experience in community service, environmental protection and environmental justice, provides a link between the University and various segments of the greater St. Louis community that might benefit from the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic's services. The Board was actively engaged in advising the clinic regarding its policies and start-up, and provides regular and ongoing feedback to the clinic regarding its community service objectives.

Board members:

Michael Holmes, Chair

Executive Director
SLATE Missouri Career Center

Dr. Daniel Berg

Internal Medicine Physician
Family Care Health Centers 

Ilene Follman

Life Sciences Consultant

Daniel Glazier, Esq.

Executive Director and
General Counsel
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Wayne Goode

Retired State Senator

Ann Mack

Team Builders

Stephen Mahfood

Mahfood & Associates
The Nature Conservancy 

Matthew Robinson

Environmental Operations, Inc. 

Fernando Serrano, M.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health
Saint Louis University
School of Public Health

Leon Sharpe

The Praxis Group, LLC

Blake Strode

Executive Director
Arch City Defenders

Rev. Nina Thompson

Executive Director
Rose of Sharon Ministries, Inc.

Hope Whitehead, Esq.

Whitehead & Associates, LLC

Karla Wilson

Sustainability Consultant
EcoWorks Unlimited

Recognizing that its role is advisory in nature, and that the Law School has decision-making authority over the structure and operations of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, the Clinic's Community Advisory Board adopts the following advisory policies to assist the Clinic in its stated mission of serving the Greater St. Louis Community. 

I. Mission of Clinic 

The objectives of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic should include the following:

  1. Enhance students' education in the knowledge, skills, and ethics in their chosen professions by directly serving clients in need and carefully analyzing and reflecting upon their decisions and actions.
  2. Teach students to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams, highlighting the different terminology, methodology, and professional and ethical constraints that each brings to the project.
  3. Provide legal and technical assistance to persons and organizations who have environmental and community health concerns, but who are otherwise unable to obtain legal and technical assistance to address their concerns.
  4. To the extent feasible, place priority in case selection on matters that may address environmental and community health concerns affecting communities of people, regardless of whether the client is an individual or an organization, such that the efforts of the Clinic may be of benefit to more rather than fewer persons. 

II. Role of Community Advisory Board 

  1. The Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic has a dual mission: educational and community service. The Community Advisory Board is established to help the Clinic to define and achieve its community service objectives. The Board will meet when and as necessary to provide advice and assistance to the Clinic.
  2. The Board will provide ongoing advice to the Clinic regarding outreach to clients and potential clients, and regarding the identification and development of matters for potential Clinic involvement. The Board will endeavor to assist the Clinic in identifying communities and individuals who may be interested in learning about the Clinic's services.
  3. The Board may provide advice to the Clinic regarding matter selection criteria, but the Board will not participate in the Clinic's decisions to accept or decline particular matters for representation.
  4. The Board will review the Clinic's activities on an ongoing basis to evaluate the effectiveness of the Clinic in meeting its community service objectives. The Board is encouraged to offer frank and constructive critique of the Clinic's activities in the interest of making the Clinic as effective as possible in achieving its dual mission. 

For more information about the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, contact Maxine Lipeles, Clinic Director, by e-mail at or by telephone at (314) 935-5837.

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