News Types: Law Student Opportunities

Part-time Clerking Position at TXOGA this Spring 2015

The Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) is looking for a part-time law clerk for this spring to assist TXOGA in summarizing and analyzing bills, as well as to do case summaries and some legal research.

TXOGA is looking for a 20 or so hour commitment. It is a paid position.

TXOGA would like the person to start ASAP, but the first of the year would be acceptable.

For more information, please contact:

Cory Pomeroy
Vice President and General Counsel
Texas Oil & Gas Association

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Constituent Law School Student Attendance Program Supports Student Participation in RMMLF Institutes and Select Short Courses

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) Constituent Law School (CLS) Student Attendance Program supports the participation of deserving students in RMMLF institutes and select short courses. At present, RMMLF can make available up to $3,000 per calendar year for each of the Foundation’s 30 CLS for this program. Subject to space and funding availability, Foundation support under this program can include waved registration fees, course materials, and reimbursement of pre-approved expenses for transportation and accommodations.

Read more about the RMMLF CLS Student Attendance Program.

Visit the RMMLF website for information about upcoming institutes and select short courses.

Contact Mauricio Pajon, the Energy Center’s program coordinator, at for additional information.

Call for papers “European Environmental Sciences and Ecology Journal” (EES) 2014

The European Environmental Sciences and Ecology Journal (EES) is a peer reviewed journal that accepts high-quality research articles. It is biannual journal published each 5th June (the world environment day) and December.

EES is available to all researchers who are interested in publishing their scientific achievements. Having in mind that Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary academic field that integrates physical and biological sciences including atmospheric science, physics, geography, chemistry, biology, soil science, geology and so on in correlation with the research of environmental issues, we welcome submissions focusing on theories, methods, and applications in both articles and book reviews.

All articles must be in English.

Regular publications of the EES are uploaded on our website.

Moreover, the European Scientific Institute, the publisher of the EES, mails printed copies of the journal to the authors of the papers.

For any other information please send us an e-mail at:

Texas Recycling Data Initiative Internship

Title: TRDI Intern

Wage: Unpaid (?)

Job requirements: Strong written and verbal communication skills; detail-oriented, self-starter who is organized and able to meet deadlines; strong research skills; proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.

Must have a college degree or be currently enrolled in a university and working toward a degree; must be a US citizen; must be located in the Austin area and have reliable transportation; must be able to work a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Applications instructions: Please submit resumes or further questions to with the subject line “STAR Internship”.

Contact person: Sara Nichols

Texas Recycling Data Initiative (TRDI): A consortium of industry representatives, led by STAR, is seeking to better understand and quantify the amount of recycling occurring in Texas in order to examine the economic, environmental, and policy issues of interest to businesses, citizens, and governmental entities in Texas. This statewide survey is a game changer for recycling in Texas and should be completed by late 2014. Information on state recycling activities and material recovery volumes are limited in stature throughout the State of Texas even though there is some information collected at the regional level. The information collected is not uniform or consistent across the state. The Municipal Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Advisory Council passed a resolution on July 22, 2011 to allow the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to facilitate a set of stakeholder meetings to define what recycling data can be obtained, determine the best method for its collection, and recommend how this data could be used to study best practices and promote recycling in Texas. As a result, a Steering Committee was formed with broad based representation from trade and professional organizations, Councils of Governments (COG’s), industry, TCEQ, EPA Region 6, local governments, consulting firms and other interested parties to assist in conducting research and making recommendations for how the state should pursue capturing recycling recovery volume data.  One of the results of this Steering Committee was the development of the Texas Recycling Data Initiative (TRDI) and the solicitation for the completion of a voluntary survey for data collection, data analysis, and reporting of recycling activity in the State of Texas. As a part of the survey, data will be collected for two calendar years with a report available for the 2015 Texas Legislative Session.

Intern will be researching ordinances, compiling data, and other duties as assigned. Credit can be offered if desired. Please provide paperwork.

TCEQ Fall Internship for UT Law Grads Awaiting Bar Results

This fall, the TCEQ Office of Public Interest Counsel is once again participating in the Long Career Launch Program for UT law graduates who have taken the bar exam and are awaiting results.  The 400 hour internship must be completed between August 4th and November 21st, 2014.

The internship opportunity is posting #14971.  The posting closes June 6th.

AIPN Student Writing Competition & Scholarship Program

The deadlines for the AIPN Student Writing Competition and Student Scholarship Program are approaching.

The prize for the winners of the Student Writing Competition includes registration, travel and accommodations for our International Conference, which will be held this year in Budapest, from October 5-8, 2014.  Please note that for the Student Writing Competition, students enrolled at schools with a member of the AIPN Education Advisory Board must submit their papers to that professor, who will then submit the top four (4) papers from that school.  Applicants must apply by April 14, 2014.  More details can be found at the following link:

For the Scholarship Program, AIPN will be underwriting up to 13 scholarships in the amount of US $5,000 each, which will be awarded for the academic semester beginning Fall 2014.  Applicants must apply by May 9, 2014.  The scholarships will be disbursed over the Fall semester 2014 and Spring semester 2015 ($2,500 each semester).  The funds will be paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to offset tuition.  Previous AIPN Scholarship winners are not eligible to participate again.  More details can be found at the following link:

Research Assistant Opportunity, Summer 2014

Research Assistant Opportunity

NEPA Litigation Project

David E. Adelman
Harry Reasoner Regents chair in Law
The University of Texas School of Law

Recruiting for Summer 2013

Contact: David Adelman

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is often referred to as the “Magna Carta” of U.S. environmental law.  It marked a dramatic change in U.S. environmental policy and represented the first in a series of transformative environmental laws passed by Congress in the 1970s.  NEPA is distinctive in that it imposes only procedural requirements—as opposed to substantive standards—and broadly encompasses federal actions that “significantly impact” the environment, which can range from timber sales, to funding new highways, to implementing trade agreements, to military actions.  The intuition behind the law is simple—if federal agencies are required to identify the
environmental impacts of their projects and to examine options for mitigating them, they will be more likely to avoid environmentally destructive actions.  Information generated through the NEPA process also facilitates
public oversight of federal actions.  NEPA’s influence has been global because its framework for environmental reviews, exemplified by detailed “environmental impact statements,” has become a model for environmental
policies in more than 150 countries.

Over the past decade or so, legal scholarship has been greatly influenced by economic research methods and has increasingly incorporated sophisticated empirical methods.  However, the adoption of these methods has been uneven, with a disproportionate share of empirical studies occurring in certain fields of legal scholarship (e.g., intellectual property, corporations, torts).  While environmental law has been deeply influenced by scholarship at the intersection of law and economics, this work has not extended to empirical studies of litigation and has only recently included empirical work on rulemaking by federal agencies (i.e., issuance of regulations).  The proposed project would be among the first empirical studies of environmental litigation to utilize methods beyond descriptive statistics, and the first comprehensive study of litigation under NEPA.  This kind of work is long overdue, but one benefit to the lag in
empirical environmental scholarship is that the study design will benefit from work in other fields of law.  Recent studies of patent litigation, in particular, will provide valuable models for the study proposed here.

Legal scholarship tends to focus heavily on cases issued by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals.  In any given year, the Courts of Appeals collectively rule on about 20 cases that address issues under NEPA; the Supreme Court has issued just 17 opinions on NEPA claims since 1970.  Even granting the lesser precedential value of their opinions, the great majority of NEPA litigation occurs in the U.S. District Courts.  This project will collect comprehensive data on NEPA litigation in each of the three levels of the U.S. courts.  The data we plan to collect will encompass information on litigants and judges/circuits, the duration of litigation, the issues litigated (including success and failure rates), and the types of remedies and outcomes.  These data will enable us to examine patterns of litigation over time, to assess conventional wisdom about the importance of specific NEPA procedures, to evaluate differences in NEPA compliance across federal agencies, and to analyze litigation strategies and impacts.  Given the tractable number of cases filed, roughly 100-150 annually, constructing the data base is a readily achievable objective.  This work will be of broad significance to scholars working on environmental law and policy, officials in federal agencies, and policymakers, as well as lawyers in non-governmental organizations and private practice.