From Theory to Practice
Professor Jane Aiken, associate dean for experiential education, says that in focus groups about the Georgetown Law experience, there’s just one thing on everyone’s minds: making students more sophisticated about practice and professionalism. The Law Center has a number of ways to make this happen.
Students have 17 clinics to choose from in Georgetown’s top-ranked clinical program. They can select from among 33 practicum courses (seminars with a field placement), work for one of the 16 centers and institutes at the Law Center, and sample several of the 28 new professionalism classes for externs— to say nothing of the externships themselves (up to 300 from 60 a few years ago).
In addition, there are such innovations as Demystifying Finance, an intensive weeklong program for second- and third-year students who want to brush up on their business skills, and a Mentoring Circles program to encourage 1Ls to think about their law careers from the very beginning.
So click on the link below to read about students prosecuting health care fraud, designing filibuster reform and helping free the wrongfully convicted — just some of the many ways that Georgetown Law puts theory to practice.
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Faculty Article: Climate Change at the EPA
By Lisa Heinzerling
Shortly before this issue went to press, President Barack Obama came to Georgetown to announce a broad and ambitious plan for tackling climate change. Professor Lisa Heinzerling was watching closely. Heinzerling served as associate administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Policy from 2009 to 2010, and she was the lead author of the winning brief in Massachusetts v. EPA, in which the Supreme Court held that the Clean Air Act gives EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gases.
Heinzerling was pleased that Obama’s new plan instructs EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants and also includes numerous other initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases, increase energy efficiency and adapt to a warming world. She wrote the article from which this is excerpted in 2011, shortly after returning to Georgetown Law from EPA.
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