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Hanley Sustainability Collaborative

Studies In Sustainability

Sunrise over a fieldThrough Dayton Law's partnership with the Hanley Sustainability Institute (HSI), students gain an understanding of the legal issues surrounding climate change and sustainability, while putting that knowledge into real-life practice.

Students in the Dayton Law-HSI Collaborative pursue a concentration in Law and Sustainability by combining law courses in subjects such as administrative and environmental law with HSI classes in sustainability studies. Applying their classroom knowledge, students advance to solving problems presented in externship and summer environmental law fellowships.

Along with opportunities for law students to gain hands-on experience, the Collaborative affords them the opportunity to participate in lectures, symposia, and other events that deepen the campus conversation around law and sustainability.

Planning Your Path
Sustainability Concentration

Deepen your understanding of environmental law by completing a Sustainability Concentration through the School of Law.

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Certificate In Sustainability

Enhance your employability in the field of sustainability by gaining a Certificate In Sustainability through the Hanley Sustainability Institute.

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Sustainability Fellowship

Work on selected research projects and support the Hanley Sustainability Institute's wider sustainability programming by doing a Sustainability Fellowship.

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Independent Study Or Directed Reading

Chart your own sustainability path by writing an article for the Law Review, participating in an environmental moot court competition, finding an externship related to the field or completing another sustainability related project under the supervision of a faculty member.

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Environmental Law Society

Join the Environmental Law Society student group to talk with other students interested in sustainability and hear from speakers on topics related to the environment.

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Partnering For The Planet

Origins of the Hanley Sustainability Institute

The University of Dayton established the Hanley Sustainability Institute in 2014 with a $12.5 million gift from the foundation of George Hanley '77 and Amanda Hanley. With the gift, the single-largest in University history, the Hanleys challenged the University to become a national leader for innovation in sustainability.

Birth of the Collaborative

The Collaborative was launched at a summit between the Dayton Law and HSI leadership in March 2019. The Collaborative’s purpose is to leverage the Law School’s legal expertise with Hanley’s strength in science and policy to promote environmental research and activism and help students become successful stewards of our planet.


A Path To Sustainability

See how 3L Chelcie Barnett’s interests in science and the law led her to the School of Law’s Hanley Sustainability Collaborative.

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Our Distinguished Faculty

Adjunct Professor of Law; Hanley Sustainability Scholar

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Assistant Professor of Sustainability

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Associate Professor; HSI Director Engaging Communities Beyond Campus

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Professor of Law

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Principal Lecturer

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Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Director of Facilitating Impactful Research at Hanley Sustainability Institute; Director of Rivers Institute

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Dean and Professor of Law, School of Law

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Professor of Lawyering Skills; Coordinator of Human Rights

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Professor of Law; Samuel A. McCray Chair

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2760