News Types: Law Student Opportunities

2014-2015 Energy Law Scholarship Competition


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.


  • 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 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:

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:

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

UT Energy Forum Competition

The UT Energy Forum is soliciting abstracts from undergraduate and graduate students conducting energy-related research for the opportunity to compete in the UT Energy Forum research poster competition on February 19-20, 2014, which will award nearly $10,000 in prizes. Abstracts are due by December 20, 2013. The UT Energy Forum will be held in the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center at the University of Texas at Austin on February 19-20, 2014. For detailed information about the research competition, please see the official Call for Abstracts.

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Conference

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation offers free admission and financial support for travel to students interested in attending one of its conferences.  This fall, there are two opportunities available: a conference on International Energy and Minerals Arbitration  and Renewable Electric Energy Law and Development  If you are interested in attending one of these conferences, you must obtain a recommendation from Professor Smith, Professor John Dzienkowski, or Professor Melinda Taylor.