Mike Harris: “I am proud we can offer DU students these learning experiences in a clinical setting.”

Jenni Barnes, ’13, Environmental Law Clinic (ELC) student-lawyer (fourth from right, bottom row, below), represented WildEarth Guardians, a wildlife advocacy group, in arguments before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on September 20, 2012. The organization is suing the National Park Service, challenging its elk-control plan in Rocky Mountain National Park. Under that plan, sharpshooters manage the elk herd to reduce overgrazing that has damaged habitat for other species. Barnes argued the plan does not give enough consideration to using wolves to control the elk population, and that the National Park Service rejected that option without giving the public a chance to comment. ELC Director Mike Harris said, “Jenni did a wonderful job, garnering high praise from her client.  It is a unique opportunity for a student to get to argue a case in federal court period, and here she was before the Tenth Circuit.  I am proud we can offer DU students these learning experiences in a clinical setting.” -rw

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