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Our Team


“ Protecting the world's greatest freshwater resource and the communities that depend upon it ”

Board and Staff

Our Board

Brian Foley, President - Brian is a commercial real estate attorney with Miller Canfield. 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. He is a graduate of Kalamazoo College where he also competed in men’s tennis.

Nathan Dupes, VIce President and treasurer - 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 RedWings.

Robert Johns, Secretary - Robert Johns is a 2013 graduate of Wayne State University Law School. He holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. While at Wayne State Law, Robert was the president of the Environmental Law Society and participated in the Pace environmental law moot Court competition for his 2L and 3L years, serving as its captain for one year and leading the team to the quarterfinals and an award for best brief. As a law student,  Robert interned with the MDEQ and also with the Michigan Attorney General's office in their Environmental and Natural Resources division. While Robert's law practice currently focuses on patents and intellectual property, his understanding of science and engineering gives him unique insight into environmental issues.  Robert is also a resident of Detroit and is committed to environmental justice and making his home a better place for all.

Noah Hall, Founder - Noah is a professor at Wayne Law and currently serves as Associate Dean for Student Affairs. His expertise is in environmental and water law, and his research focuses on issues of environmental governance, federalism, and transboundary pollution and resource management. Noah previously taught at the University of Michigan Law School and was an attorney with the National Wildlife Federation, where he managed the Great Lakes Water Resources Program for the nation's largest conservation organization. Noah also worked in private practice for several years, representing a variety of business and public-interest clients in litigated and regulatory matters. He has extensive litigation experience and numerous published decisions in state and federal courts. He continues to represent a variety of clients in significant environmental policy disputes. Noah graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, concentrating in environmental policy. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Kathleen A. Blatz, chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Liz Beresh Arnkoff - 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.

Katherine Razdolsky Rothstein - 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.

Francis Grunow - Francis is a recent graduate of Wayne State Law School and participated in the Environmental Law Clinic. He is currently a public policy consultant with New Solutions Group, LLC. Before that he worked as a senior policy analyst with Community Legal Resources and the Detroit Vacant Property Campaign. He has previous experience as the executive director of Preservation Wayne, Detroit's architectural preservation organization, as well as work in a leadership capacity with several other Detroit non-profits, including Transportation Riders United, Detroit Synergy, and as a drafter of the Detroit Declaration. Before moving home to Detroit, Francis worked as an urban planner with the New York City Department of City Planning and received his B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University.

Jim Roush - 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.

Leor Barak - A proud resident of the City of Detroit, Leor 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.

Kenneth R. Cox - Ken spent several years in information technologies and sales before returning to Wayne State University Law School to earn his J.D. in 2014.  Before joining the board, he worked with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center for two years focusing on fundraising and legal work.  Ken is currently employed with the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, MD.

Samantha Orvis - Prior to graduating from law school, Samantha participated in the Environmental Law Clinic and also interned with the Great Lakes Region of the Sierra Club. She is most passionate about environmental justice issues. Additionally, Samantha serves as an Executive Council member representing Oakland County in the State Bar of Michigan’s Young Lawyers Section and serves on the Representative Assembly for the 6th Circuit.  Her service continues through her role as the WLAM Representative of the Women's Bar Association - Oakland County region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for New Gateways, Inc., a community activity program which serves to enrich the lives of adults with mild to severe multiple intellectual and developmental disabilities. Samantha earned a law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 2011, where she served as a member of the school’s Student Board of Governors as well as on the Student Trial Advocacy team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan – Flint in 2008.   Samantha is employed with Collins, Einhorn, Farrell as an attorney in its general and automotive liability practice group.

Our Staff

Nick Schroeck, Executive Director - Besides being 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.

Oday Salim, Senior Attorney - Oday was previously with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic as a staff attorney. 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.

Nicholas Leonard, Staff Attorney - 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.

Benjamin Houston - Of Counsel. Benjamin Houston began work with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center as a student intern in the summer of 2009 while attending the University of Michigan Law School. Since that time, Ben has remained active with GLELC, working on a variety of projects and cases ranging from air quality to oil and gas. He has also published two articles on water governance and climate change with GLELC founder, Noah D. Hall. In 2011, Ben attended Lewis & Clark Law School's Environmental and Natural Resources Law LL.M. program in Portland, Oregon, where he worked as a clinical student in the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center (now Earthrise law Center) and completed extensive research on temperature and water quality trading in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, Ben returned to Michigan, entering into private practice and rejoining GLELC as Of Counsel, where he continues to assist the Law Center with litigation, advocacy work, and co-teaching in the Wayne State Law School environmental clinic. Ben currently lives in Lafayette Park and is a liability to the neighborhood’s recreational soccer team.



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