News Types: Law Student Opportunities

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 info@recyclingstar.org 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: https://www.aipn.org/StudentComp.aspx.

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: https://www.aipn.org/ScholarshipProg.aspx.

Research Assistant Opportunity, Summer 2014

Research Assistant Opportunity

NEPA Litigation Project

Supervisor:
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.

 

2014-2015 Energy Law Scholarship Competition

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:

The University of Texas School of Law and the Texas Energy Law Association (“TELA”) are pleased to offer scholarships to rising 2L and 3L students at UT Law with a demonstrated interest in energy law. The number and dollar value of scholarships awarded by UT Law and TELA will vary from year to year based on funds available and the number of qualified applicants. UT Law and TELA cannot guarantee that scholarships will be awarded every year. Information on value of scholarships coming soon.

UT Law and TELA will award at least two scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. Scholarship recipients will be announced on April 2, 2014. Recipients will be recognized at the TJOGEL/TELA Spring Happy Hour on April 3, 2014 (visit the TJOGEL website for April 3rd Happy Hour time and location). Scholarships will be disbursed directly to UT Law and will be applied to the 2014-2015 school year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Rising 2L and 3L students in good standing at UT Law (dual degree students are eligible).
  • Students with a demonstrated interest in energy law.
  • Students are eligible to receive UT Law and TELA scholarships for more than 1 year, but they must reapply each year.
  • Students who are not selected as scholarship recipients for their 2L year are highly encouraged to reapply for their 3L year.

Instructions:

  • Submit the application via email to Mauricio Pajon or in person at the Energy Center in  TNH 3.119 by Friday, March 28th, at noon.
  • Typed applications are preferred.
  • Fill in all blanks and include all materials requested.
  • Email questions to Mauricio Pajon.

Energy Center to Sponsor Students at Harvard Environmental Justice Conference

The Energy Center will sponsor two UT Law students to attend this year’s National Association of Environmental Law Societies conference, being hosted by Harvard Law School’s Environmental Law Society on March 28-29.

Applying: The sponsorship is open to all UT Law students with a commitment to environmental law.  To apply, students should submit a resume and short letter (one page) explaining their interest in environmental justice to Jeremy Brown at jeremybrown@law.utexas.edu by Monday March 3 at 5 pm.

About the Sponsorship:  The Energy Center will cover travel expenses, hotel for up to three nights, and registration fees, if applicable.  The center’s administrative assistant will work with students to make travel bookings.

About the Conference: In recognition of the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s Executive Order on Environmental Justice, the theme will be “Environmental Justice: Where Are We Now?” The conference will focus on three themes: progress on the goals of environmental justice, social justice aspects of today’s national and international environmental movements, and strategies to ensure that environmental justice is a priority in future environmental work.  Conference highlights include:

  • A keynote address by Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Friday evening
  • A plenary address by the “father of environmental justice,” Dr. Robert Bullard
  • An interview with UT Law’s Gerald Torres, who, as counsel to the Attorney General, drafted the President’s groundbreaking Executive Order on Environmental Justice,
  • Presentations by Professor Michael Gerrard, Columbia University, and Professor James Grijalva, University of North Dakota School of Law
  • Panels with environmental justice community leaders from around the country, including, among others, Peggy Shepard, Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, based on West Harlem, NY, Pamela Bush, Lead Organizer of the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, in Dorchester, MA, Kalila Barnett, Executive Director of Alternatives for Community and Environment, and Caroline Farrell, Executive Director, Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, Delano and San Francisco, CA, and
  • An event honoring the life and career of Luke Cole, co-founder of the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment

TCEQ Accepting Applications for Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program

The environmental agency for the state of Texas is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program (MLEIP). Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in natural and physical science, environmental science/studies, engineering, public health, computer science, business, accounting, finance, pub-lic administration, and law are encouraged to apply. Interns have the opportunity for hands-on learning and professional development in protecting the environment. Employers value the experience, skills and knowledge students gain from completing an internship while at-tending college. Most MLEIP interns are assigned to TCEQ; however private companies, other state agencies, and non-profits also request interns from the program. All internship assign-ments are in Texas. Hundreds of students apply every year for this valuable opportunity.

Applications are due by March 14, 2014.  For additional information, please review the program flier.

AIPN Requests Submissions for Student Writing Competition

The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators has put out a call for papers for its annual Student Writing Competition and Student Scholarship Program.

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: https://www.aipn.org/StudentComp.aspx.

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: https://www.aipn.org/ScholarshipProg.aspx.

Nuclear Arms Control and Climate Change Negotiations: Shared Lessons and Possibilities

This conference will bring together a group of experts in nuclear arms control and environmental policy to examine the comparative history and contemporary lessons from global arms control and climate negotiations.  During the Cold War, nuclear arms control dominated global diplomatic efforts. No other issue brought so many countries together to negotiate agreements involving a complex mix of technical, political, and strategic issues. Nor did any other issue raise so much fear and hope. In the last two decades, ambitious multilateral efforts to negotiate a global climate treaty have taken up a similar role. These negotiations are also filled with fears of planetary destruction and hopes for global renewal. From the Rio Summit of 1992 through the Durban conference of 2011, national governments, the United Nations, and many other organizations have labored to reach a multilateral agreement on a comprehensive plan to combat climate change. The conference is premised on the belief that scholars of nuclear arms control and climate change negotiations can learn a great deal from each other, and that comparative analysis of this kind will enhance scholarship and policy development in each domain. This event is by invitation only but there is room for up to 5 students to attend. If you are a student and are interested in attending, please contact Gena Dawson at gdawson@law.utexas.edu.