UF Law grad’s Conservation Clinic experience makes impact

Published: October 18th, 2010

Category: News

Andrew Beckington, JD 08, drafted a petition to re-designate Everglades National Park as a “World Heritage Site in Danger due to Climate Change” as his Conservation Clinic project. The Clinic worked with former U.S. Senator Bob Graham’s Office on the project, which resulted in the Obama administration agreeing to ask the World Heritage Committee to put Everglades National Park back on the list.

In June, the Committee re-listed the Everglades as one of the 911 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage the Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. The Clinic has previously worked with nongovernmental organizations globally to list four World Heritage Sites as endangered.

Beckington, now at American University pursuing an LL.M., enjoyed applying what he learned in the classroom to a current environmental issue. “Because of the Clinic and this petition, I learned a tremendous amount about how to write a substantial legal document and how to interact with those on behalf of whom I was working on the petition,” he said. “The Clinic provided me with the opportunity to link the ‘legal skills and people skills’ necessary to try to re-list Everglades National Park.”

The Levin College of Law faculty-supervised advice or representation clinics integrate the college’s nationally-ranked scholarship with applied lawyering and problem-solving skills developed through simulation courses and by legal services provided in a fully-operational legal aid clinic. As a proven method of teaching law, clinical scholarship places case book theory within the context of counseling and representing real clients working towards resolution of real legal problems. Moreover, clinical interns contribute to a societal need by representing indigent clients within the local community.

For more information on the Levin College of Law Clinics, please visit http://www.law.ufl.edu/centers/clinics.shtml.