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Scrutinizing Environmental Enforcement: A Comment on a Recent Discussion at the AALS

August 2000

Citation: ELR 10639

Author: Joel A. Mintz

For much of the last century, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) has had a quiet yet significant role in the development of American law. Founded in 1900, the Association is composed of 162 U.S. law schools, each of whose faculty members are AALS members. The Association sponsors a number of events annually, the most significant of which is its annual meeting, at the beginning of January, which typically attracts between 3,500 and 4,000 participants.1

Over a span of four days, this meeting features exhibits, breakfasts, luncheons, receptions sponsored by various law schools and organizations, field trips, half- or full-day "workshops" on particular topics, a plenary session (regarding a broad topic or theme), and numerous sessions sponsored by one or more of the AALS's sections (i.e. groups focused on particular fields of law or topic areas).2

Mr. Mintz is a Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From 1975 to 1980, he was an enforcement attorney and a chief attorney in EPA's Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices. He received EPA's Bronze Medal for Commendable Service, as well as another Agency award, during that time. The author thanks Victor Flatt, Robert Kuehn, Clifford Rechtschaffen, and Rena Steinzor for their helpful comments on an earlier draft.

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