2012 Law Student Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award Honors Northeastern Environmental Law Society
The Section of Environment, Energy and Resources announced today that the Northeastern Environmental Law Society’s project, “Public Access to the Tidelands: A Report on Compliance with Chapter 91 Licenses on the Boston’s Waterfront,” is recipient of its 2012 Law Student Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award.
The project was completed by a group of first-year students working with the Northeastern Environmental Law Society, a student group with Northeastern Law School, in Boston. Developed in conjunction with the Conservation Law Foundation, the project explored whether the system of licensing, mandated by Chapter 91of the Massachusetts General Laws, and administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, was adequately protecting the public trust in the tidelands of Boston Harbor. While the report was intended primarily for Conservation Law Foundation attorneys, it was prepared as a tool for CLF in its interactions with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, state and local reporters, and others with an interest in the public trust in Massachusetts tidelands.
The group’s initial findings were recently presented to a group that included students, academics and members of the NGO community, in addition to the CLF attorneys. According to the students working on the project, they hope their work will serve as a basis for bringing about improvements in the Massachusetts tidelands program.