On September 13, 2010 five North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law students and Dean Raymond C. Pierce met in Washington, D.C. with Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The students participated in the EPA Fellows Program during the summer at Vermont Law School.
Vermont Law School has the number one ranked Environmental Law Program in the nation and each year students from law schools all over the country enroll in the summer session of environmental law courses at the school in South Royalton, Vermont. The NCCU School of Law students’ travel, housing and enrollment at Vermont Law School was all funded by the EPA as part of that agency’s efforts to increase minority attorneys in the practice of environmental law.
The EPA is also supporting the development of an environmental law program at NCCU School of Law. The initiative is being directed by NCCU Law Professor Kevin C. Foy who teaches environmental law. Dean Pierce and the students met in Washington, D.C. at the offices of the EPA to personally thank Administrator Jackson for her support in the development of an environmental law program at NCCU School of Law.
Lisa Jackson was appointed by President Barack Obama and is the first African American to lead the EPA. This Federal government agency is charged with protecting human health and the environment, by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by the U.S. Congress.