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Brian Kenyon, Law Student Division Liaison

Updated: 12/14/2010

2011 ABA Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Law - Program Deadlines

Applications are being accepted for the ABA Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Law program in California; Florida; North Carolina; and Rhode Island. This program is designed to encourage disadvantaged or traditionally underrepresented law students to study and pursue careers in environmental law.

The Fellowship program is available to first and second year law students or third year night students from underrepresented or underserved groups, including for example, minority or low-income populations.…(more).

Deadlines:

Updated: December 14, 2010

Spring 2011 Environmental Justice Symposium - Law Student Writing Competition

The Section and the University of Mississippi School of Law are co-hosting a national Environmental Justice Symposium at the Ole Miss Law School in Oxford, Mississippi on April 1, 2011. In conjunction with this Symposium, ABA-SEER announces its Environmental Justice Student Writing Competition and invites law students to submit papers exploring current issues in environmental justice. Entries will be due by February 15, 2011. (more)

Law Student Scholarship Opportunities

29th Annual Water Law Conference - Water Law Conflicts in Practice
February 23-25, 2011
Westin San Diego
San Diego, CA

A limited number of scholarships are available to law students interested in attending the entire meeting. To be considered as a law student volunteer you must be a member of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. You must also submit a 2-3 paragraph letter indicating your interest in environmental, energy, or resources law and why you wish to attend the meeting by Friday, January 22, 2010. The letters will be reviewed and volunteers will be selected and notified no later than Monday, February 1, 2010. Send all letters to Yumeka Brown, Program and Membership Coordinator, via e-mail at BrownY@staff.abanet.org, or by fax to (312) 988-5572, or by mail to American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Attn: Yumeka Brown, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.


40th Annual Conference on Environmental Law
March 17-19, 2011
The Grand America
Salt Lake City, UT

A limited number of scholarship opportunities are available to law students interested in attending the entire meeting. To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, you must be a member of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. You must also submit a 2-3 paragraph letter indicating your interest in environmental, energy, or resources law and why you wish to attend the meeting by Tuesday, February 8, 2011. The letters will be reviewed and scholars will be selected and notified no later than Tuesday, February 15, 2011. Send all letters to Yumeka Brown, Program and Membership Coordinator, via e-mail at BrownY@staff.abanet.org, or by fax to (312) 988-5572.

Fifth Annual “Endangered Environmental Laws”
Student Writing Competition (2009-10) Winner Announced

Co-sponsored by:
The Environmental Law Institute
The American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
The National Association of Environmental Law Societies

ELI Announces Winner of Fifth Annual “Endangered Environmental Laws” Student Writing Competition

Nathan Howe, a second-year student at Washington and Lee University School of Law, was named the winner of the annual ELI-ABA-NAELS “Endangered Environmental Laws” Student Writing Competition. Mr. Howe will receive a $2000 cash award and publication in the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR), ELI’s flagship journal and the most often cited law review covering environmental and natural resource issues.

Law Students Climate Challenge

The ABA and EPA are sponsoring the Law Office Climate Challenge. This program is designed to encourage law offices to take steps to conserve energy and resources, as well as reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. The Law Office Climate Challenge is now applicable to law schools.

Participating law schools will receive recognition from the ABA and those that join the EPA programs will receive recognition from EPA, in accordance with each programs' requirements. Specifically, a law school that adopts best practices for office paper management, or that meets the minimum requirements for participation in at least one of the EPA programs, qualifies for recognition as a Law Office Climate Challenge Partner. A law school that achieves a higher level of participation in at least one of the EPA programs qualifies as a Law Office Climate Challenge Leader. All qualifying law schools will be recognized. For those schools that participate in EPA programs, the amounts of greenhouse gas emissions avoided by their actions will be posted on the ABA's Law Office Climate Challenge Website.

This is a great program for your school’s environmental law society to promote to your school administrators. Specifically, a school stands to gain public recognition of its green achievement, at the same time that it can promote its accomplishment in its marketing materials.

More details, including enrollment forms and rules, are available here: http://www.abanet.org/environ/climatechallenge/overview.shtml

Environmental Career Paths for Young Lawyers and Law Students

Careers in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law

A free podcast download is available of the Careers in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law teleconference which was held January 27, 2010. Interest in environmental, energy and resources law has increased dramatically over the past couple of years, due in part to an increasing focus on climate change and a general awareness of related issues. In this quick teleconference, four lawyers with varied backgrounds in the fields of environmental, energy and natural resources law provided practical guidance on various career options, advice for achieving certain career goals, and overviews of their day-to-day practices.

Careers in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law


Additional Career Resources:

Career Series Teleconference Program
Thursday, January 10, 2008 (Part 1)
Free Podcast/MP3 Download (1:09:34 | 96 kbs | 47.7 MB)
Thursday, January 17, 2008 (Part 2)
Free Podcast/MP3 Download (1:09:12 | 96 kbs | 47.5 MB)

Two free downloadable podcasts are available that provide insight on career paths from a variety of leaders in environmental, energy and natural resources law. Lawyers from private practice, state regulatory agencies, government agencies, corporations, and associations provide practical guidance on various career options and achieving your career goals. (more).

Student Loans and LRAP

Please share with us your personal story of how your law school debt is currently impacting your life and how it affects your future career choices. Are you interested in working in public interest or the public sector? And if so, do your loans affect the possibility of you working in these industries? Your story will aid in our efforts to advocate on behalf of both federal and state LRAP's in order to enable law school graduates to enter into public service careers. Your story may be shared with the appropriate members of Congress. Complete Our Questionnaire

Law Student Volunteer Opportunities

There are several ways that law students can work as volunteers at the Section programs. In exchange, the Section offers opportunities for students to participate free of charge in education programs taking place at the meeting. For additional information, please call (312) 988-5577.

Law Student Programs Writing Competition

The Law Student Program Division of the ABA's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources is pleased to announce that the following schools/classes have been selected as winners of the 2008 Law Student Programs Writing Competition:

Thomas Jefferson School of Law -- Environmental Law Writing Seminar
University Michigan School of Law -- Environmental Justice
William Mitchell School of Law
-- Environmental Regulation - Policy Issues

Each class' professor will submit the five best class papers to the Committee, which will then publish up to nine of the papers on this web page. The winners are posted below:

2008 Law Student Writing Competition

Papers from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Papers from the University of Michigan School of Law

Papers from the William Mitchell School of Law


2007 Law Student Writing Competition

Papers on wind energy, sovereignty in the Northwest Passage, and beach replenishment

Papers on invasive species in the Great Lakes, transboundary trash trade, and the North American Free Trade Agreement

Papers on urban coastal wetlands, offshore wind energy, and fisheries conservation


2006 Law Student Writing Competition

Papers on the Commission on Environmental Cooperation, risks from mercury emissions, and incentives for Brownfields redevelopment

Papers on the use of waves for energy production, efforts to save the Everglades, and salvage of marine animals

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Studyin’: Don’t Waste Effort; Goof Off Before Your Bar Exam
ABA Journal - May 19, 2006

Fellowship Interns

2009 Fellowship Interns
Twenty-three law students from nine different states were selected to participate in the 2009 Fellowships in Environmental Law Program. [more]

2008 Fellowship Interns
Twenty-five law students from eight different states were selected to participate in the 2008 Fellowships in Environmental Law Program. [more]

2007 Minority Fellowship Interns
Twenty-four law students from eight different states were selected to participate in the 2007 Fellowships in Environmental Law Program. [more]

2006 Minority Fellowship Interns
Twenty-five law students from eight different states were selected to participate in the 2006 Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law Program. [more]

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