Jules Lobel and His Students Win a Victory in Court
Professor Jules Lobel argued and won a case representing community activists who had gathered sufficient signatures to place a referendum on Peters Township's november ballot seeking to ban drilling in Marcellus Shale deposits. The Peters Township Council petitioned the Washington County Court of Common Pleas to remove the referendum from the ballot on the grounds that, if the ban was enacted by the voters, it would be unlawful. On Monday, Oct 3, the Court rejected the Township's arguments and let the referendum proceed. Two students from Professor Lobel's Litigation and Social Change seminar wrote a draft reply brief in the case, attended oral argument in Washington County, and met with the community activists after the case to discuss their views of the role the case played in their activist efforts.