Kevin Patrick Law - April 2020

Lawyers Go to Bat for the Planet A Landmark Case That Helped Protect the Environment

Did you know that an entire subset of lawyers work exclusively in environmental law, fighting to protect our planet? It’s thanks in large part to these lawyers that our air, water, and forests are protected! With Earth Day coming up, we think it’s only fitting to applaud some of their best work. According to a survey of environmental law professors conducted by Duke Law, one case stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to environmental victories: Mass. v. EPA. MASS. V. EPA: A FIGHT TO REGULATE EMISSIONS This disagreement between the state of Massachusetts and its allies (including 11 other states and three cities) and the Environmental Protection Agency made it all the way to the Supreme Court in 2007! The case arose when environmental organizations petitioned the EPA to issue rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA refused, saying it didn't have the authority to do so and even if it did, it wouldn't set emissions standards for vehicles. It was a bitter fight, pitting environmental groups against representatives of the auto industry. In the end, the Supreme Court sided with Massachusetts and its green allies, forcing the EPA to recognize greenhouse gas emissions as pollutants and regulate auto emissions. This led to a great recognition of the climate crisis and renewed efforts to reverse it under the umbrella of the Clean Air Act. As a Duke Law report puts it, “The majority’s no-nonsense

acknowledgment of the science of climate change has put climate change on the legal map in no uncertain terms.” THE CONTINUED BATTLE FOR MOTHER EARTH Mass. v. EPA was far from the first environmental law case, and it certainly hasn’t been the last. Environmental organizations, eco-friendly companies, the EPA, and all of their lawyers are constantly going to bat for our environment. They fight to protect landmark legislation like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and more, as well as smaller but equally important things like the breeding grounds of sage grouse and the size of our national parks and forests. To learn more about the policies in place to help our environment and those who have fought to protect them, visit Regulations.

Easy Deviled Eggs


While the kids hunt for Easter eggs in the yard, whip up this easy deviled egg recipe for a hearty snack that’s sure to satisfy any craving.

Ingredients • 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 2 tbsp milk • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes • 1/2 tsp dill weed • 1/2 tsp fresh chives, minced • 1/2 tsp ground mustard

• Salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste • 12 large eggs, hard-boiled • Fresh parsley, minced, and paprika for garnish

Directions 1. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, parsley flakes, dill, chives, mustard, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well and set aside. 2. Cut eggs lengthwise and remove yolks carefully to preserve egg whites. 3. In a small bowl, mash yolks. 4. Mix mashed yolks with mayonnaise mixture. 5. Spoon or pipe the mixture back into the egg whites. 6. Garnish with fresh parsley and paprika. Refrigerate before serving.




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