As part of the state budget that passed the Maryland Senate, the University of Maryland’s environmental law clinic would be required to submit a report on every lawsuit it has filed in the past two years before the law school receives its $250,000 earmark, according to the Maryland Reporter. The budget must now be considered by the state’s House of Delegates.
The impetus for the requirement is the law clinic’s involvement in environmental lawsuits against chicken producers. Senators representing areas of the state where the poultry industry is concentrated said that the law clinic is singling out poultry producers. The law clinic is composed mostly of students who provide pro bono legal services.