The South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) has opened an office in Greenville, the first time in 30 years that SCELP has expanded beyond its home office in Georgetown.
SCELP is a nonprofit law firm that provides legal advice and representation to groups and individuals opposing environmental harm. Since its inception in 1987, SCELP has participated in major environmental issues throughout the state. These include high profile environmental battles, such as efforts to protect Charleston County’s Angel Oak tree and to stop construction of mega-landfills for out-of-state waste. The organization also works to shield bears and their habitat from the impacts of a new highway.
“When quality of life is threatened as a result of environmental degradation, no issue is ‘too small’ for our involvement,” says SCELP Director Amy Armstrong.
SCELP’s Greenville office will be led by Upstate native and resident Michael Corley who has been hired as Upstate coordinator and staff attorney. Corley returns to SCELP after working at the Georgetown SCELP office from 2010-2014.
During his two-year hiatus, Corley practiced at a law firm in Greenville.
“This is nothing short of a dream realized for me,” said Corley. “I developed a passion for the outdoors growing up in Laurens County, and that passion has shaped me personally and professionally. I couldn’t imagine a more gratifying opportunity than the one I have now to help protect the landscape where this all started for me.”
SCELP’s Upstate office can be reached at 864-412-7921 or PO Box 5761, Greenville 29606.