In 2019, CWRU School of Law received a $10 million gift to launch the Burke Center for Environmental Law. The size of this transformative gift instantly put CWRU on the map in the environmental law field, as recognized by the Spring 2020 issue of PreLaw magazine, which gave CWRU’s Environmental Law program an “A” ranking.
Our location in Cleveland, on the shores of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River, in a region confronting the full range of contemporary environmental challenges and opportunities, renders the Burke Center an especially important new player in this area.
CWRU appointed Professor Jonathan H. Adler, one of the most cited authorities in Administrative and Environmental Law, to head the new Burke Center. With the income from the endowment, the law school is expanding its environmental law offerings, adding new externships, organizing impactful conferences and recruiting the next generation of environmental law leaders with our newly introduced Coleman Burke Environmental Law scholarships.