Although the clinic is not initiating court-based litigation, students can
assist attorneys who have filed environmental cases on behalf of environmental
or community organizations. Clinic students also can represent nonprofit organizations
and individuals unable to afford a private attorney in administrative and local
government proceedings, including challenges to regulations and permit decisions.
An 11-member Community Advisory Board is helping the clinic define its community
objectives and spread the word about its services.
ENVIRONMENTAL FELLOWSHIP HONORS J. PETER SCHMITZ, JD '60
In conjunction with the opening
of the new Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, the School of Law announced
the J. Peter Schmitz Summer Fellowship Program.
Beginning this summer, the fellowship program will provide new stipends
to support at least two students working for employers that promote environmental
causes and that could not otherwise afford to pay a regular salary to
their summer interns. Such employers could include local and national
environmental organizations, the U.S. Attorney's Office Environmental
Crimes Division, or the School of Law's new Interdisciplinary Environmental
"The fellowship program further enables our students to make a
positive difference in this and other communities," said Associate
Dean Daniel Keating. "J. Peter Schmitz's legacy of environmental
advocacy will continue through the work of his summer fellows."
A partner in the Clayton firm of Schmitz, Kopman, Schreiber & Kaveny,
Schmitz practiced law in St. Louis for over 39 years. During his legal
career, his pro bono work included litigation for the environment, parks,
and the disabled. Schmitz's tireless advocacy for environmental causes
helped in the establishment of Forest 44 and the Carondelet Greenway,
and the expansion of Castlewood Park.
Friends and The Middle Fund established the fellowship program in the
memory of Schmitz, who passed away on May 24, 1999, after a yearlong battle
NEW SCHOLARS PROGRAM SUPPORTS
STUDENTS IN PUBLIC SERVICE
The School of Law has created
a significant new scholarship program, the Webster Society, in honor of
one of its most celebrated alumni, former FBI and CIA director William
H. Webster, JD '49.
"The School of Law strives to educate future leaders who will contribute
to society as a whole," said Dean Joel Seligman." William Webster
personifies this ideal. Throughout his remarkable career, he has maintained
a lifelong commitment to public service. Our aspiration is that the Webster
Society will encourage students to emulate the model of professional and
personal excellence exemplified by Judge Webster."
Designed to recognize students with exemplary academic credentials and
a demonstrated commitment to public service, each Webster Society Scholar
receives a full-tuition scholarship, a $5,000 annual stipend, and preferred
status for positions as summer faculty research assistants, as well as
an invitation to special Webster Society events.
William Webster, JD '49, meets first-year student
and Webster Society Scholar Shelby Johnston.
"Before coming to law school, I spent time in Senegal, West Africa,
working at the Dakar office of Catholic Relief Services, an international
development agency," said Shelby K. Johnston, a first-year student
and Webster Society Scholar. "Writing grant proposals and assisting
with project management were challenging, but also very rewarding. I really
enjoyed traveling to nearby villages to meet with women who had started
their own successful enterprises. The Webster Society will make it possible
for me to continue public-interest work in the international arena after
The eight inaugural members of the Webster Society joined William Webster
and his family for a fall dinner hosted by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton.|
TRIAL ADVOCACY TEAM CAPTURES SECOND PLACE
AT NATIONAL TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
The Washington University School of
Law's trial advocacy team placed second in the nation in the prestigious, invitation-only
1999 Tournament of Champions Trial Competition, sponsored by the National Institute
of Trial Advocacy (NITA). The 1999-2000 trial advocacy team included Jovita
Walker, Scott Casanover, Shelly Gray, Thomas Rea, Laura McNeal, and Debra Zahalsky.
Each year, invitations to compete in the NITA Tournament of Champions are extended
to the "16 best trial-training law schools in the nation." Although
the School of Law has been invited each year since the competition's inception
in 1989, this is only the second year the School has competed. The unparalleled
success of the School's teams in the annual National Trial Competition, sponsored
by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association,
and the exceptional quality of the School's Trial Practice faculty and adjuncts
led to this year's invitation. Washington University has won the National Trial
Competition regional 16 of the past 19 years, advanced to the quarters and beyond
in the nationals 10 times, and captured first place in the country twice.
Special thanks to the Hon. David Mason, JD '83, and all
those who volunteered their time as coaches, witnesses, and sparring partners
for the team.