Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy

About

The Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy is an organization that advances interdisciplinary scholarship in the field of environmental law. Under the leadership of student editors, the Journal publishes scholarship by academics, legal practitioners, and law students, and provides timely journalism on the state of environmental law in in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The Journal also publishes the University of Washington Arctic Law and Policy Institute’s yearly review of developments in Arctic law and policy.

Additionally, the Journal partners with the University of Washington Environmental Law Program to host the Annual University of Washington Environmental Law Symposium. The Symposium brings together influential scholars, attorneys, policy makers, and others to discuss and develop solutions to an important recent concern in environmental law. We advance the symposium’s impact by publishing a special issue on the same important subject each year. Our next symposium is tentatively scheduled for January 18, 2017. The symposium will examine the growing need for law and policy addressing earthquake preparedness and response at various scales, in addition to other pressing matters related to earthquakes.

The Journal has an excellent reputation for successfully gathering the relevant intellectuals and decision-makers around important environmental concerns facing our world. In 2014, the Journal hosted the Arctic Encounter Symposium, which the ABA subsequently named the 2014–15 Law Student Program of the Year. This past year, the Journal hosted an Environmental Symposium on Ocean Acidification. The Symposium brought together influential scholars, attorneys, policy makers, and others to discuss and develop solutions to this pressing issue.

Mission Statement & Guiding Principles

The Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy is a student-run organization that advances legal and interdisciplinary scholarship in the field of environmental law. Through the production of our publications, student editors develop broadly applicable editing, writing, and leadership skills. The Journal provides a forum for students, scholars, and practitioners to examine interdisciplinary environmental issues facing the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

To advance our mission, we:

  • Publish legal scholarship with the greatest utility to legal practitioners working within the field of environmental, land use, and natural resources law.
  • Develop our editors’ legal writing and research skills through regular trainings and projects.
  • Conduct ourselves in a collaborative and professional manner.
  • Cultivate sustainability through all facets of journal operation and policy by focusing on long-term growth and stability.

All Journal Diversity Statement

The Washington Law Review, Washington International Law Journal, Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts and Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy each embrace diversity as part of our commitment to furthering an inclusive community and excellence in scholarship. We appreciate the varied perspectives diversity provides to our publications, leadership, and culture. We believe a diverse community encourages us to learn from one another, collaborate more effectively, and appreciate our differences. We are also committed to supporting, participating and partnering with others in efforts to make the legal profession diverse and inclusive.

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