Ohio’s Resource for Environmental Law
One place in Ohio is dedicated to securing healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home through legal advocacy, analysis, and education: the William W. Ellis Ohio Environmental Law Center (OELC).
Read a brief history of the William W. Ellis Ohio Environmental Law Center.
The OELC supports environmental advocacy and legal action, provides citizens with valuable tools and guidance through the legal system, and educates tomorrow’s environmental law professionals.
The OELC’S mission is three-fold:
The OELC is part of the Ohio Environmental Council and is located in their offices in Columbus, Ohio. The OELC is staffed by the OEC Director of Legal Affairs, as well as by staff attorneys, specialized and experienced outside counsel, and law student interns.
LAW CENTER STAFF
Trent A. Dougherty, Esq.
Director of Legal Affairs
Trent Dougherty is General Counsel and the chief legal analyst and advocate for OEC’s Agriculture & Clean Water; Clean Air & Energy; and Legislative Affairs policy programs. He represents the OEC and its members before the Environmental Review Appeals Commission, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Ohio General Assembly, and Congress, and sits on many governmental and private sector advisory committees.
He has published and presented on many environmental law issues including citizen environmental enforcement laws, State and Federal Water Quality Laws, and the Public Trust Doctrine.
Trent also directs the OEC’s William W. Ellis, Jr. Ohio Environmental Law Center, which provides legal education to tomorrow’s environmental attorneys through its intern/externship program, and provides legal education materials and legal services to OEC members and the public.
Trent holds a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University, and a J.D. from Capital University Law School with a Concentration in Environmental Law.
Cathryn N. Loucas, Esq.
As Staff Attorney, Cathryn Loucas is responsible for OEC’s clean water litigation, as well as related legislative and policy work. She will also focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy, including representing the OEC in cases before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Previously, Cathryn was Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy Director for Resource Conservation for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. In addition to serving as Chief Legal Counsel, she also served as the Department’s Wind Policy Coordinator, assisting in creating and implementing a plan to promote environmentally sound wind energy development in Ohio. Cathryn also has extensive experience in private practice with an emphasis in complex litigation.
Cathryn received her B.A. in International Studies from West Virginia University and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.
Grant Maki, J.D.
As Law Fellow, Grant Maki participates in the OEC’s litigation, policy development, and lobbying efforts. Particular areas of focus include litigation before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and directing the OEC’s legal response to water issues such as aquatic invasive species and nutrient overload.
Grant received his B.S. in Philosophy from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago law school, where he was a staff member on the Chicago Legal Forum.
Ohio Environmental Law Center
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