Albany Law School, in conjunction with the Rensselaerville Institute’s "Minds On" Program, will host students from area high schools for a daylong program, "Earth Advocacy," on Thursday February 26, 2004, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Albany Law School Professor Joan Leary Matthews, Helene G. Goldberger, administrative law judge, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and E. Gail Suchman, attorney, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest will instruct high-school students from Fort Plain, Voorheesville, and Coxsacke-Athens schools who participate in this program.
During this innovative program, students spend the day immersed in environmental law, learning how to analyze concepts and advocate positions based on a hypothetical case. After receiving information about the location of a recycling plant in a fictitious community, the environmental issues involved, and the various constituents who affected by the recycling plant, the students work out a position on the case in small groups. The day culminates in a mock public hearing at which the students present the position of their respective parties.