West Coast Environmental Law Association (WCELA)
Organization profile published 1976

Publisher:  West Coast Environmental Law Association, Vancouver, Canada
Year Published:  1976
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX97

An "environmental law center" providing legal advice, public education, and the promotion of legal reforms dealing with environmental issues.

The W.C.E.L.A. operates an "environmental law center" in Vancouver with three primary roles.
1) to provide a legal advisory service in environmental affairs, emphasizing negotiation between the parties and the government agency involved with resort to litigation if necessary.
2) to encourage and support public education to make citizens aware of environmental laws that exist and how they can be applied.
3) to promote reform of laws dealing with the environment through submission of briefs to appropriate agencies and commissions.

Environmental law cases are referred to the Association by individuals, conservation and citizen groups. Work on cases is conducted by a staff lawyer and students from the Faculty of Law. In addition, there are lawyers who volunteer their services. The Association does not change for services and relies on grants, donations and directed research allowances.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1976.

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