IEC Co-director Lipeles Named Environmental Litigation Lawyer of the Year

Maxine Lipeles, senior lecturer in law and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, has been named Best Lawyers’ 2014 St. Louis Environmental Litigation Lawyer of the Year.

Best Lawyers, a peer-reviewed publication, surveys other lawyers to identify those deserving recognition. Because it is conferred by other legal professionals, the recognition is regarded as a significant honor.

The Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic 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. Its teaching staff consists of three law and three technical faculty members. Law students work on interdisciplinary teams with students from across the campus, including engineering, medicine, public health, and environmental science.

The clinic handles cases in Missouri and Illinois involving air and water quality, energy, and sustainable development. Recently, the clinic filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of air quality scientists to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s interstate air transport regulations.