Environmental Law Clinic

The Pittsburgh Environmental Law Clinic is currently taking cases in a wide variety of areas including air quality, water quality, oil and gas production, federal lands, and regulatory advocacy. The Clinic represents clients in matters ranging from regulatory advocacy to litigation to client counseling. The clinic gives priority to issues that impact Western Pennsylvania but is available to assist groups with issues that reach beyond Western PA.

Services to the Public

The clinic considers client matters on a first-come, first-served basis. Potential clients may call 412-648-1300 to speak with a clinic representative, who will take down their information and relay it to the clinic’s supervising attorney. The supervising attorney will evaluate each matter to determine whether:

  • The clinic has adequate resources to handle the matter;
  • The matter meets the clinic’s pedagogical objectives;
  • The matter has a good-faith basis in fact and law (or may have such a basis upon case development); and
  • The request for services is consistent with the clinic’s role as a law firm of last resort.

The clinic does not charge for attorney, staff, or student time. However, some administrative fees and external professional fees may apply depending on the nature of the services requested.

Fieldwork / Client Representation

The clinic represents individuals, organizations, and governmental entities otherwise unable to afford legal and technical services for their environmental and community-health needs.

Classroom Component

In the fall semester clinic seminar, students will focus on the regulatory advocacy process. Students will learn how to participate in the rulemaking process, culminating in the submission of a mock comment and presentation at a mock public hearing.

In the spring semester, students will work on skills in factual investigation, with a focus on environmental litigation. They will learn about depositions, administrative hearing procedures, basic motion practice, and the roles of attorneys and clients in trial preparation.

Credits

6 per semester. Students may take only one semester or may take two consecutive semesters.

Transcript / Awarding of Credits

Semester by semester

Extension

Students may be eligible to extend their participation in the clinic via field work. Students must complete at least one full semester of clinic before being eligible for the field work extension.

Eligibility Requirements / Prerequisites

None

Application Procedure and Selection Basis

Open enrollment

Additional Contact

Potential clients should call the clinic at 412-648-1300 to complete the initial intake process. Potential clients and clients should complete the initial intake process via telephone and schedule an appointment before visiting the clinic, which is located at Suite 420, 3900 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15260.

Faculty / Staff

Grant MacIntyre, Clinical Associate Professor and Supervising Attorney

Grant MacIntyre joins the Pitt Law faculty as a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Clinic. Professor MacIntyre worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of General Counsel as an attorney advisor and special assistant to the general counsel, where he focused on the intersection of administrative law and environmental regulation. He also has experience in private practice with Bracewell in Washington, D.C., where he worked on environmental law issues in administrative, appellate, and compliance settings. 

Professor MacIntyre received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2008. During his time as a student, he served as a certified legal intern with the Environmental Law Clinic, topics editor of the Journal of Environmental & Public Health Law, a member of the Environmental Law Moot Court, and as a member of the Pitt Law Student Environmental Law Council.

Nadine Hamlett, Administrative Assistant