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About Kenneth T Kristl

Kenneth T. Kristl is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic on the Delaware campus. Professor Kristl received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from III/Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1984, where he was class Valedictorian and Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.

After graduation from law school, Professor Kristl clerked for the Honorable William C. Lee in the United States District Court for the Northern District oflndiana. Following his clerkship, Professor Kristl joined the Chicago law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, where he became a Partner in 1994. His practice focused on complex environmental and commercial litigation. He left Winston & Strawn in May 2004 to join the Widener faculty.

While Director of the Clinic at Widener, Professor Kristl has been involved in numerous proceedings that have set important legal precedents. These include:

- A first-in-the-nation federal court ruling enjoining The United States Department of the Interior and the US Fish and Wildlife Service from allowing farming in general and with genetically modified crops in particular on the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Sussex County, DE without first complying with the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Administrative Procedures Act.

- A DE state court ruling under Delaware's Coastal Zone Act overturning a Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board (CZICB) ruling allowing new oil lightering operations in the Delaware Bay.

- A PA Environmental Hearing Board ruling reversing and remanding an NPDES permit allowing discharge of stormwater into a High Quality, Cold Water Fishery stream because of a failure to comply with PA' s antidegradation Regulations.

- A DE Environmental Appeals Board ruling reversing and remanding a permit to dredge the Assawoman Canal under Delaware's Subaqueous Lands Act.
    Successful opposition to the Coastal Zone Act permit application for the Crown Landing LNG facility in New Jersey before the CZICB.

In addition to his Clinic work, Professor Kristl teaches Property I and II at the Law School. He is a Master in the Delaware Valley Environmental Inn of Court (the first Inn of Court to focus exclusively on environmental law) a member of the ABA's Section on Environment, Energy and Resources, and a member of the Delaware State Bar Association's Section on Environmental Law. He has also written extensively on environmental law issues.


Present Associate Professor of Law, Widener University Delaware Law School



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Widener University School of Law
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington DE 19803


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