Board Of Directors
Noah D. Hall, Founder & scholarship director
Noah Hall is a law professor at Wayne State University Law School specializing in environmental and water law. He has co-authored two of the leading casebooks in these fields, “Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society” (Aspen Publishers) and “Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public Rights, and Environmental Protection” (Foundation Press). Professor Hall graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, concentrating in environmental policy. He worked in private practice as an environmental litigator then transitioned to the nonprofit sector, directing state organizations and national programs focused on water, air, and environmental justice. He was the founding Executive Director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and worked with Professor Nick Schroeck to create the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic at Wayne Law. He continues to serve GLELC as Scholarship Director and authors the Great Lakes Law blog (www.greatlakeslaw.org). Most recently, formerly served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan for the Flint water crisis from 2016 to 2019. Noah often lives on a boat in the Detroit River and continues his childhood fascination with Great Lakes islands.
Brian Foley, President
Brian is a real estate attorney at Dickinson Wright specializing in commercial mortgage finance and related matters. He is an alumnus of Kalamazoo College (BA), Michigan State University (MS) and Wayne State University (JD). Outside of work, he is interested in environmental policy and law. He also enjoys tennis, walks in the woods with his family and craft beer.
Bob Johns, Secretary
Robert Johns holds a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue. While at Wayne Law, Robert was president of the Environmental Law Society and won a best brief award at the Pace Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. Robert has interned with the Michigan Attorney General's Environmental and Natural Resources division and the MDEQ. While Robert's law practice focuses on patents and intellectual property, his background of science and engineering gives him unique insight into environmental issues.
Nathan Dupes, Treasurer
Nathan Dupes is a member of Bodman PLC, working in the firm’s Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Environmental practice groups. He has experience handling complex commercial and environmental litigation and arbitration at local, national, and international levels. He also devotes his practice to counseling clients outside of litigation on a variety of environmental statutes and regulations. He currently serves as Executive Board Member of the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Liz Arnkoff 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 Law School, 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.
For 10 years Liz has worked for LexisNexis in the Law Schools. She is a licensed member of the Michigan Bar and certified by the state of Michigan in Truancy and Civil Litigation Mediation. She currently sits on the board and is a two term past president for the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. When Liz is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, extended family, and friends.
Francis is an urban policy consultant, writer, and parade maker. A graduate of Wayne State Law School, in previous lives he was a member of the Environmental Law Clinic, director of Detroit's architectural preservation organization, a retailer, documentary filmmaker, and an urban planner in New York City. Francis believes that cities are society's best hope for figuring out society's problems, and that by creating sustainable environmental solutions in Detroit, we can set national precedent for how to best live together in the age of climate change.
GLELC's newest board member, Benjamin Houston is a graduate of University of Michigan Law School and has been a solo practitioner in Detroit for the past five years. During that time he has also functioned as of counsel to the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and worked with GLELC on various matters ranging from oil and gas litigation to Detroit environmental justice issues. Currently, he is pursuing a degree in law librarianship at the University of Michigan School of Information.
Jim is an avid lover of the outdoors and environmental protection, and spends as much time as he can outside. Jim received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, class of 2005, and law degree from the Wayne State University Law School, class of 2009, where he took virtually every environmental law course offered and served as President of the Environmental Law Society. He actively practiced law regarding federal energy matters for a major electric and gas utility company for many years before working as an environmental professional focusing on environmental regulation and strategy. He resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and daughter. When not with his wife and daughter, Jim enjoys riding his bicycle, martial arts, cooking, and a good glass of wine, beer, or whisky.
Oday Salim is Staff Attorney at the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center as well as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Law School where he directs the Environmental Law & Sustainability Clinic. His practice areas have included stormwater management, water quality, water rights, environmental justice, renewable energy, land use & zoning, and mineral rights. As an adjunct professor he has taught Energy Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Wayne State University Law School, and Oil & Gas Law at Lewis & Clark Law School. For the last six years, he has authored the competition problem for the Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition. From 2016 to 2018, he was Senior Attorney and then Executive for the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.
Nick Schroeck is Director of Clinical Programs and Associate Professor of Law at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He is an environmental law expert whose work focuses on air pollution, water pollution, environmental justice, transportation, and citizen suit enforcement. Prior to joining Detroit Mercy Law, he directed the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic and taught Environmental Law at Wayne State University Law School. Schroeck also previously served as Executive Director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center from 2010-2017.
Schroeck has litigated cases for several prominent environmental advocacy organizations, including Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Michigan Environmental Council, National Wildlife Federation, and Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice. Given the depth of his expertise, Professor Schroeck is regularly sought after by National Public Radio, WDET-FM, and other national and local media to provide analysis on current environmental issues.