Marjorie Mulhall was helping to shape environmental law in North Carolina even before she started law school. As coordinator of a campaign jointly launched by Environmental Defense and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Mulhall spent 16-months working to pass the North Carolina Global Warming Act, helping that bill take shape and rallying stakeholder and legislative support. Ratified by the General Assembly in August 2005 – as Mulhall was settling in to her first semester at Duke – and subsequently signed into law by Governor Mike Easley, the Act was the first major step by any Southeastern state to address the issue of global warming.
Mulhall traces her desire to pursue a career in environmental law to third grade, when she first heard of someone going into the field. She has been focused ever since, majoring in biology at Bucknell University on the advice of environmental practitioners she sought out while still in high school, and taking a year to work as an environmental educator in Costa Rica with the World Teach program. She says she has always been interested in “working on the ground” to help draft and pass environmental legislation, and that her work on the campaign to pass the N.C. Global Warming Act, and her summer internship with the Natural Resources Defense Council after her first year at Duke, only cemented her goals.
“I feel like the campaign helped launch my career, and the JD will help me get to the next stage,” said Mulhall, who co-chairs the the Duke Environmental Law Society. “I definitely have found the area of law I’m most passionate about.”
Prof. Sam Buell discusses his new book on the rise of criminal behavior in corporations and why it’s so difficult to prosecute.
The Duke way
» Public service is a core value of the legal profession and central to the Duke Law experience.
Emerging tools for more equitable policy
» Professor Matthew Adler co-edited the new Oxford Handbook of Well-Being and Public Policy.
Marjorie Mulhall '08
Jonathan Wiener addresses climate, catastrophes, retrospective review, TTIP, and China’s environmental risk regulation
Over the past year Professor Jonathan Wiener has deployed his expertise on U.S., European, and international environmental law and risk regulation in projects that address a range of global challenges.
Eco-environmental risk management in China
Aronie '93: Combat professional atrophy by doing something "new, different, and even scary"
The Federal Lawyer
- de Figueiredo co-edits book on non-market business strategy
- Buell: Wells Fargo scandal demands "a fundamental rethinking" of the scale of large U.S. businesses and the legal responsibilities of corporate managers Slate
- Environmental Law and Policy Clinic represents 14-year-old activist in call for greenhouse gas reductions
- Civil Justice Clinic secures significant trial judgment for client in landlord-tenant case
- Duke Law faculty engage in conversation, art exhibit, on race, justice, and empathy at Nasher Museum