President Reagan once said, “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” While policy and investigative research can help prevent enactment of a great deal of burdensome regulation, neither can undo the damage of pernicious laws already in effect. Only lawyers and the law can do that. The Free Market Environmental Law Clinic’s purpose is to make lawyers and make (case) law. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable institution working alongside the George Mason University School of Law and other law schools.

The Clinic prosecutes cases that hold governments accountable when they violate their own rules, whether administrative or Constitutional. Central to our strategy is a petition-litigation practice that requires courts to reevaluate prior decisions, hold agencies and government employees to account, and put false science on trial.

In addition to coordinating with legal experts to identify strong plaintiffs, we serve as a clearing-house for expert witnesses, research, amicus briefs, and consultations to like-minded litigators nationwide.

FME Law seeks to provide a counter-weight to the litigious environmental movement that fosters an economically destructive regulatory regime in the United States. The environmental movement’s litigation strategy is particularly troublesome. Since the beginning of the movement in the 1970s, eight major litigating environmental organizations have filed more than 3,250 cases and EarthJustice alone has nearly 150 cases pending. Radical environmentalism has also taken over the classroom. The number of activist environmental law clinics – over 30. The number of free-market environmental law clinics – one, ours.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and our existence depends on the generosity of our friends.

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