2018 Fall Forum: Health and the Environment in North Carolina

Duke University Environmental Health Scholars Program

Ryke Longest

Clinical Professor of Law Director,
Environmental Law and Policy Clinic Clinical Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy
Duke University School of Law

Ryke Longest is founding director of the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and is a clinical professor of law at the Duke University School of Law. The Environmental Law and Policy Clinic teaches students from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke School of Law how to represent nonprofit environmental organizations as part of a public interest law firm.

Prior to coming to Duke Longest was special deputy attorney general at the North Carolina Department of Justice where he represented state agencies charged with protecting North Carolina’s environment. While there he negotiated and led the state’s implementation of two multimillion dollar settlement agreements aimed at reducing the adverse impacts from swine farming in North Carolina.

Ryke’s practice has included client counseling, trial representation and appellate work at all levels. His research interests and specialties include water resources, water quality, air quality, fisheries, oil and gas law, administrative procedure, criminal law and environmental justice.

He received a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.