IEC Attorney Hubertz to Receive Missouri Lawyers Weekly's Top Settlement Award

Missouri Lawyers Weekly will recognize Liz Hubertz, lecturer in law and clinic attorney in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic (IEC), with a “Top Settlement Award” at the Missouri Lawyers Weekly Awards Luncheon Jan. 25.

Hubertz, along with Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic (IEC) students,  represented the Missouri Coalition for the Environment in a federal lawsuit against the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD). IEC Engineering and Science Director Beth Martin, also assisted by IEC students, provided technical consulting services during the litigation. The suit alleged that the district had discharged more than 500 million gallons of raw sewage into St. Louis-area waterways between 2000 and 2006, a violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

The consent decree, which follows three years of negotiation, requires MSD to pay a $1.2 million civic penalty to the federal government, spend $4.7 billion over the next 23 years to build infrastructure and upgrade operations to comply with the Clean Water Act, and complete specific green infrastructure projects in North St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch called it “the largest public works project in St. Louis’ history.”

Established in 2000, the IEC is an interdisciplinary venture with a dual emphasis on experiential learning and community service. It represents nonprofit groups, communities, and individuals who are pursuing legal action to protect the environment and community health but who cannot afford the legal representation and scientific expertise this requires.

Also at the awards ceremony, Dean Kent Syverud will be honored as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2012, and two law alumni, Winston Calvert, JD ’05, of Armstrong Teasdale LLP, and Ken Vuylsteke, JD ’80, of Fox & Vuylsteke LLP, will be recognized as “Legal Champions.” Click here to view related news item.