The Neil Thomas Proto/Scrap Papers
Neil Thomas Proto (M.A. ’69, J.D. ’72) donated the source materials for his 2006 book, To A High Court: The Tumult and Choices That Led To United States of America v. SCRAP. These papers document the early 1970s law school project that led to a lawsuit and eventually to the U.S. Supreme Court. The student group SCRAP (“Students Challenging Regulatory Agency Procedures”) prepared the lawsuit under the guidance of GW law professors. It challenged the Interstate Commerce Commission’s failure to prepare an environmental impact statement before approving a railroad surcharge discriminatory against shippers of recyclable scrap. The litigation yielded an important legal precedent on standing which still is cited today.