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Founded in 1994 in consultation with community leaders, the Clinic serves as a training ground for the next generation of social justice advocates and provides critical legal services to under-served communities throughout California and beyond. As one of the first law clinics in the United States to prioritize environmental justice, the Clinic has been widely recognized as a provider of high quality pro bono legal support to communities suffering the most from pollution.

In its third decade of service, the Clinic has focused particular attention on clean drinking water for low-income communities and clean energy for California, while continuing its celebrated work in air pollution reduction. Another area in which the Clinic has been active this past year is Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: working to ensure that protected groups are fairly treated is both exciting to our students and critical to our clients who have long made the connection between civil rights and environmental benefits and harms. In addition to delivering direct services in these core areas, we provided consulting services to numerous organizations fighting to create a better environment.