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Environmental Law Symposium

Each year, the UNC School of Law holds an Environmental Law Symposium for attorneys from across North Carolina as part of the law school's annual Festival of Legal Learning. Under the guidance of UNC Law Professors Victor Flatt, Donald Hornstein, and Maria Savasta-Kennedy, members of the ELP prepare short papers exploring current topics in environmental law, with an emphasis on North Carolina issues. Read papers from previous years.

Pro Bono

Being involved in environmental pro bono projects is a great way to get involved with the ELP! Our philosophy is to fit the pro bono project to your needs. If you want a pro bono project, please contact the ELP's Pro Bono Coordinator, Brooklyn Hildebrandt, at least two weeks in advance of when you would like to do the work. You tell us how much time you're willing to commit, what type of environmental issues you have an interest in, and if there is any specific kind of attorney who you would like to supervise the project (nonprofit, defense, plaintiff), and we will do our best to find a project that fits those needs. Pro bono is a great way to gain experience outside of class and enrich your legal knowledge!

Contact our Pro Bono Coordinator, Miranda Goot at


The Recycling Program is an important part of the ELP's fundraising and awareness campaigns. Instead of outsourcing the recycling to an independent company, UNC Law pays the ELP the same amount to empty the law school recycling bins. The ELP then uses this money to provide grants to students with summer public interest jobs in environmental law.

Additionally, the ELP uses the Recycling Program as a springboard to educate others in the school about the value of recycling and what items they can and cannot recycle.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the ELP's recycling program, please contact our Sustainability Coordinator, Caroline Martin at!

Alumni and Practicing Attorneys

The ELP strongly encourages practicing attorneys and others in environmental law and related policy fields to take part in any or all of our projects. Any attorney or organization who would like to offer work in an environmental area of interest to a student or group of students, contribute funds for public interest internships or other ongoing projects, speak at an ELP event, be a mentor to future members of the environmental law community, take part in a fundraising event, or just come to any meeting or event, please contact any board member.

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