Lean In: Public Commenting in Practice (Wendy Jacobs)

This is part of a 2-part series hosted by Harvard's Council of Student Sustainability Leaders entitled, “Lean In: Advocacy through Regulatory Commenting."

On Wednesday, May 1, Professor Wendy Jacobs will guide us through part two of the series, in which we apply the advice and lessons learned to practice the public comment process and analyze an example set of comments recently submitted by Harvard’s Environmental Law Clinic.


  • Professor Jacobs will walk through an example on commenting for rules that would prohibit EPA to consider studies based on confidential human health data. Filing a public comment is a key way to exercise your voice and provide guidance before rules are finalized; this workshop will reveal the steps required to prepare and submit thoughtful, impactful comments (non-lawyers welcome!).
  • Wendy B. Jacobs, Esq. is the Emmett Clinical Professor of Environmental Law and Director of the Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic. She is on the Faculty of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Center for Health and the Global Environment, is a Special Advisor to the HLS Dean on Learning and Practice, is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and is on the board of the Clean Air Task Force. Professor Jacobs first worked as an appellate lawyer and special litigator for the U.S. Department of Justice in its Environment Division in Washington, D.C., and worked for nearly 18 years as a partner in the Boston law firm Foley Hoag LLP. Her work has covered the gamut of compliance counseling, preparation of comments on federal and state rulemakings, drafting of legislation, regulations and ordinances, administrative trials and appeals, environmental due diligence and audits, and development of environmental protection policies.