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Delaware Law School's Environmental and Natural Resource Law Clinic receives Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Service Award


The Delaware State office of Volunteerism recognized Delaware Law School’s Environmental and Natural Resource Law Clinic with a Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service award during a ceremony at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.

The award recognized the clinic's dedication to providing outstanding environmental legal assistance to underserved communities and nonprofit organizations. The clinic’s faculty and student interns represent numerous Delawareans in legal and regulatory matters. Their important work addresses environmental issues, ensures compliance with the law and promotes sustainable practices.

In addition to advocating for legislative changes on environmental issues like air and water quality, wildlife preservation, and land use planning, the clinic provides educational resources such as the Citizen's Guide to Environmental Advocacy.

"It is an incredible honor to have the hard work of the students in the Environmental Clinic recognized and awarded," clinic Director Ken Kristl said. "As the clinic enters its 35th year of providing public interest representation on environmental matters, this award provides a strong base for the next 35 years."

In 2023, the clinic provided 557 hours of free legal representation in environmental matters vital to Delaware. Throughout its history, with more than 300 students contributing over 25,000 hours, the clinic serves as a cornerstone of environmental legal representation, education, and advocacy in Delaware.

“I was deeply honored to accept this award on behalf of our dedicated students. This recognition underscores our commitment to providing outstanding environmental legal assistance and promoting sustainability within our communities," said Sarah Everhart, currently an assistant professor of law at Widener University Commonwealth Law School, who will begin leading the clinic as director in July.