Environmental Justice Legal Fellowship Launched by Potomac Riverkeeper Network and Howard University

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Washington, D.C. – March 8  – Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) and Howard University Law School’s Environmental Justice Center are launching the PRKN Environmental Justice Legal Fellowship, thanks to a generous donation initiated by Dan Murrin, PRKN president Nancy Stoner announced today.  “We thank Dan for his support in making this possible,” she said. “We are excited to work with the Environmental Justice Center to help us with environmental justice work in areas locally which have historically been underserved,” she continued.

PRKN has selected Najah Louis to serve as its first Environmental Justice Legal Fellow.  She has shown both tremendous ability and commitment to environmental justice in her legal studies.  “We are thrilled to add some additional legal talent and fire power to our advocacy with Najah on our team,” added Stoner.

Najah  will engage in advocacy to prevent lowering of DC water quality standards and to ensure adequate infrastructure investments as part of PRKN’s Swimmable Potomac Campaign.  Najah will also assist PRKN to identify water pollution issues in the Potomac watershed part of Prince George’s County and Charles County, MD.  She will work directly with Phillip Musegaas, PRKN’s Vice President for Programs and Litigation.

“Howard Law is excited to enter this partnership with PRKN,” said Danielle Holley-Walker, Dean, Howard University School of Law. “Environmental justice is one of the most important civil rights issues of our time. The partnership between PRKN and Howard Law will help to train students to understand and advocate on behalf of communities fighting environmental justice issues,” she continued.

About Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Potomac Riverkeeper Network is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization with three regional Waterkeeper branches: Potomac Riverkeeper, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, and Shenandoah Riverkeeper. Our mission is to protect the public’s right to clean water in the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and their tributaries. We stop pollution to enhance the safety of our drinking water, protect healthy river habitats, and enhance public use and enjoyment. For more information, visit the PRKN website.

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu

If you are interested in contributing to this effort through additional financial support that would allow expansion of the fellowship opportunities for the Environmental Justice Center’s law students at PRKN or other environmental advocacy groups, please contact Nancy Stoner at nancy@prknetwork.org.

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