Nick Schroeck, GLELC Executive Director – Nick is the Executive Director of the GLELC. Nick is also an assistant clinical professor at Wayne State University Law School where he is the Director of the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic. Previously, Nick worked for the National Wildlife Federation, America's largest conservation organization, out of their Great Lakes Natural Resources Center in Ann Arbor, MI. Prior to joining NWF, Nick was a Sea Grant Fellow with the Great Lakes Commission. Nick is admitted to practice law in Michigan and a graduate of Wayne State University Law School. He also holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and Political Science from Elmhurst College in Illinois. Nick has represented clients in a variety of water and air quality litigation in state and federal courts. Nick currently serves on the board of the East Michigan Environmental Action Council and Saving Birds Thru Habitat.
Stephanie Karisny, GLELC Staff Attorney - Prior to joining the GLELC Stephanie was in private practice at a law firm in Troy, Michigan. Stephanie is graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University Law School where she participated in the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic and the Wayne Law Review. During law school Stephanie also enjoyed a summer legal internship with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in the organization's Chicago office. Stephanie is especially passionate about regional water issues and has been published by the Wayne Law Review, Michigan Environmental Law Journal, and Case Western Reserve Law Review, for articles related to hydraulic fracturing in Michigan. Stephanie is also an active member of the Birmingham Concert Band where she serves on the board of directors and plays in the clarinet section.
Nicholas Leonard, GLELC Equal Justice Works Fellow (2014-2016) - Since working for the Greening of Detroit as an urban agriculture intern in the summer of 2008, Nick has been infatuated with urban farming as a tool for neighborhood revitalization in Detroit. Inspired by the experience, Nick decided to attend law school to learn how legal systems could be utilized to empower Detroiters to revitalize their own communities. After spending his first year of law school at Wayne State University, Nick transferred to the University of Michigan. During his time at Michigan, Nick has been a student-attorney with the Community and Economic Development Clinic, where he has worked with numerous non-profit clients in Detroit, and his article titled, Utilizing Michigan Brownfield Policies to Incentivize Community-Based Urban Agriculture in Detroit, will be published in the upcoming issue of the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law. Aside from urban farming, Nick loves Detroit Tigers baseball, University of Michigan basketball, as well as hiking and reading Southern Gothic literature.
Leor Barak, GLELC board of directors – a proud resident of the City of Detroit, has ten years of legal, public interest, policy and community experience, most of which has involved Detroit. Leor is President of Detroit Solutions, L3C. After experiences in the corporate legal environment, private practice, and the public sector, Leor litigated on behalf of low-income clients in family law matters. Subsequently, Leor served for five years as the Legal & Policy Program Manager at Michigan Community Resources, where he used his legal and organizational expertise to assist nonprofits across Michigan and tackle special legal/policy projects to improve the quality of life in Detroit. Leor received the Spirit of Detroit Award from the Detroit City Council in 2010 recognizing some of this work. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan, a JD from Wayne State University Law School, and is currently working towards a graduate degree in Business Administration from Kettering University. His leadership activities include serving as Board President of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, Vice-President of the West Village Association and Community Development Corporation, as a Trustee of JVS, and Director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.
Liz Beresh Arnkoff, GLELC board of directors president- Liz was born in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her undergraduate education at Michigan State University where she double majored in Human Resources and Political Science; graduating with honors. Liz subsequently attended Wayne State University, where she received her Juris Doctor degree. She was Chancellor of WSU Moot Court, and an Assistant Editor of the WSU Law Review. During her third year of studies at Wayne State she enjoyed a judicial internship with Federal Chief Judge Bernard Friedman. Most recently, Liz has worked with LexisNexis teaching at the University of Michigan’s Law School and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is a licensed member of the Michigan Bar and certified by the state of Michigan in Truancy and Civil Litigation Mediation. When Liz is not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with friends and family over a good meal or at a sporting event.
Brian Foley, GLELC board of directors - Brian is an attorney with Miller Canfield, focusing on commercial real estate workouts and foreclosure litigation throughout the Midwest. Brian graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2007 (Order of the Coif), served as the Senior Articles Editor on Wayne Law Review, and was active in the Environmental Law Society. Before law school, Brian completed a M.S. in environmental economics at Michigan State University with a thesis on “The Effects of Residential Minimum Lot Size Zoning on Land Development: The Case of Oakland County, Michigan.” He is a graduate of Kalamazoo College where he also competed in men’s tennis.
Noah Hall, GLELC founder and board of directors treasurer – Noah is a professor at Wayne State University Law School and a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School. Click here for more information on Noah’s work and publications. To read Noah's Great Lakes Law blog click here.
Oday Salim, GLELC board of directors - Oday is a staff attorney with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic. Oday recently obtained an LL.M. degree in environmental and natural resources law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, with a thesis on watershed‐based stormwater permitting. While there, he served as a law clerk for the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center focusing on hazardous waste and urban water pollution and worked with the Northwest Environmental Defense Center in Portland, Oregon on coastal development issues and state regulation of hazardous air pollution. He obtained his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School where he participated in the Pace Environmental Law and Jessup International Law moot court competitions and served on the board of the Journal of Law in Society. His main interests are water rights, stormwater pollution, renewable energy and forest management.
Katherine Razdolsky Rothstein, GLELC board of directors – Katherine is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School, where she completed several courses in environmental law. The American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources published her international environmental law paper, Transboundary Trash Trade & The Environment, on their website. In law school, Katherine served on the Moot Court Board as Director of Oral Advocacy and as President of the of the American Constitution Society chapter. She interned for U.S. District Court Judge Julian A. Cook and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly. She also worked as a student attorney in Law School’s Small Business Enterprises and Nonprofit Corporations Clinic. Katherine is an attorney at Bodman PLC where she represents business clients in the drafting and negotiation of a broad range of commercial contracts, including supply arrangements and vendor service agreements. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga and travel.
Bret Stuntz, GLELC board of directors – Bret is an attorney and geologist, and his work combines his knowledge in both fields. He recently co-authored a report for the National Wildlife Federation on Climate Change and Great Lakes Water Resources and has published other work on climate change and water resource policy. Before becoming an attorney, Bret was a project manager and environmental consultant for AKT Peerless Environmental Services. He is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and the University of Pennsylvania.
Jim Roush, GLELC board of directors - Jim is an attorney with Consumers Energy Company, focusing his practice on federal regulatory matters. Jim graduated from Wayne State University Law School where he served on the Wayne Law Review and as President of the Environmental Law Society. He received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan. His main environmental interests are in climate change and water law. Outside of his professional life, he enjoys martial arts, bicycling, cooking, bread baking, and spending time with his wife, family, and friends.
Nathan Dupes, GLELC board of directors - Nathan is an attorney at Bodman PLC practicing in the litigation and environmental fields. He graduated from the University of Michigan, with a dual degree in English and Spanish, and Wayne State University Law School. While at Wayne State, he was on moot court and law review and served as president of the school's environmental law society. He is currently a Citizen Forester with the Greening of Detroit, an organization dedicated to the reforestation of Detroit. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar, cooking, and cheering on the Red Wings.