The Environmental Dispute Resolution Seminar explores the characteristics of environmental disputes and, through various simulations, serves to sharpen students’ skills in negotiation, litigation, client communication, persuasive writing, and oral advocacy. The Seminar will center around simulations based on a complex civil environmental law dispute that initiates as a negotiation, proceeds to litigation, and culminates in a court-ordered mediation with a third-party neutral. The course examines the roles lawyers play in each approach, as students assume the role of attorneys from a governmental agency, public interest organization, and outside counsel for a corporate defendant. Through the environmental law simulations, students will evaluate the utility and limitations of the negotiation, mediation, and litigation approaches to resolution. The Seminar will focus on developing each student’s understanding of the strategic decisions an attorney must make during various phases of dispute progression and resolution, including pre-enforcement determinations regarding compliance counseling. Students will also write a major motion that will fulfill the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement, submitting a draft for review and comment before the final product. Environmental Law is a prerequisite for this course.