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Jaclyn Shoshana Levine

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Education

Boston University School of Law, J.D. 1998

Boston University School of Public Health, M.P.H. 1998

Michigan State University, B.A. 1994

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan

Shoshie Levine specializes in environmental permitting, litigation, and land use issues, including complex problems involving overlapping federal and state jurisdiction. 

She has handled cases involving all environmental media, with substantial work in matters involving environmental cleanups, due diligence, wetlands and waters, and natural resource issues. Her work involves a variety of federal, state, and local regulatory agencies, including EPA, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Department of Agriculture, county Drain Commissioners, and county planning and zoning departments.

She regularly practices Native American law, having represented federally recognized Indian tribes in a variety of matters related to their internal governance, operations, and enterprises. She was appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan to handle an Indian tax case on behalf of the state, and has also advised individuals, businesses, and public entities with transactions and other concerns involving tribes and tribal members. Because of the important roles Native American tribes play in issues involving the environment and natural resources, her environmental and Native American law practices can overlap.

Her broader regulatory practice includes litigation and administrative work related to all lawful forms of gaming in Michigan (casino, lottery, and horse racing), liquor law, insurance regulation, and licensed health-care professionals. She also has substantial appellate experience.

Representative Matters

Reported and Published Decisions

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community v Rising, 569 F3d 589 (CA 6, 2009) – Successfully defended suit in federal court by tribe concerning federal immunities from state taxation in Indian country under federal law and treaties. Case also involved novel theories of recovery under former state-tribe tax compact and tribal standing in parens patriae capacity under section 1983.

Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc v Department of Environmental Quality, 285 Mich App 548; 771 NW2d 1 (2009) – Obtained appellate decision affirming trial court’s decision declaring that state administrative rule governing third party challenges to air emissions permits was invalid under statutory delegation of authority to state environmental agency.

Walters v Nadell, 481 Mich 377; 751 NW2d 431 (2008) – Obtained reversal of two erroneous lower court interpretations of the tolling provision in the United States Services Members Civil Relief Act in a case involving defendant’s enlistment in armed services that prevents timely service of process.

Midland Cogeneration Venture, Ltd v Department of Environmental Quality, unpublished per curiam opinion of the Court of Appeals (Docket No. 282716, July 8, 2008) – Obtained reversal of erroneous decision to grant writ of mandamus to participate in a national cap and trade air regulatory program that would have resulted in a windfall transfer of emissions credits to other program participant.

Michigan Chiropractic Council v Commissioner of Office of Financial and Ins Services, 475 Mich 363; 716 NW2d 561 (2006) – Decision involving no-fault automobile act created new state standard for associational standing.

Cowsert v Greektown Casino, unpublished per curiam opinion of the Court of Appeals (Docket No. 260496, July 12, 2005) – Obtained favorable decision concerning administrative remedies following challenge to invalid slot machine payout.

Attorney General v ALB Corp, unpublished order of the Court of Appeals (Docket No. 258774, November 5, 2004) – Obtained rare appellate order granting peremptory reversal of trial court’s order compelling immediate trial without discovery in multi-defendant landfill remediation case. Ultimately negotiated favorable settlement for client that required principal defendant that operated landfill to pay majority of costs.

County of Wayne v Hathcock, 471 Mich 445; 684 NW2d 765 (2004) – Represented amicus curiae in landmark eminent domain case regarding the public purpose requirements of the Michigan constitution.

Taxpayers of Michigan v State of Michigan, 471 Mich 306; 685 NW2d 221 (2004) – Represented amicus curiae tribe in case involving the proper process for approving state-tribal gaming compacts.

Kreiner v Fischer, 471 Mich 109; 683 NW2d 611 (2004) – Represented amicus curiae in significant automobile no-fault case that was recently reversed in favor of position taken in amicus brief.

Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting Public School Academy v Sault Ste. Mare Tribe of Chippewa Indians,unpublished decision of the Court of Appeals (Docket No. 252293, 2004) – Successfully defended suit in state court by former tribal school against tribe on sovereign immunity grounds. Case involved questions of waiver and scope of waiver of immunity and the disposition of tribal property.

Honors

Boston University School of Law, Paul J. Liacos Scholar; Certificate in Health Law

Michigan State University, with honors

Michigan Super Lawyers, Environmental, Rising Star 2008-present

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

State Bar of Michigan, Environmental Section

Ingham County Bar Association

Air and Waste Management Association, East and West Michigan Chapters

Inforum, Founding Member of Mid-Michigan Chapter

National Association of Women Lawyers, Member and Young Lawyer Mentor

Publications

"Condemnation as a Tool of Brownfield Redevelopment after Hathcock," (Coauthor Polly A. Synk), Michigan Bar Journal, November 2005

"Access to Chiropractic: Every Patient's Right, Part I," (Co-author Kevin J. Moody), Michigan Chiropractic Journal, July 2003

"The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: Can It Still Protect an Essential Technology?" 4 B.U.J. Sci.& Tech. L.9 (1998)

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