Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Law Student Opportunities

Trending Topic: ABA Career Center Environmental Law Webinar - February 22

Register for this free webinar, which will feature two SEER leaders who work in environmental law (Marisa Blackshire, of BNSF Railway Company, and Michelle Diffenderfer, of Lewis Longman & Walker PA).

Join Us!

Are you a law student who is interested in environment, energy, and resources law? If so, you've come to the right place! The latest opportunities for you to get involved with the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) are listed below. If you are not already a member of the ABA and/or SEER, law students can join for free!

Scholarships

Are you interested in hearing the latest about polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the Clean Water Act, brownfields, air quality, and many other topics related to environment, energy, and resources? 

Apply for a scholarship to attend the upcoming 37th Water Law Conference (March 25-27, 2019 - Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, CO) and 48th Spring Conference (March 27-29, 2019 - Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, CO).

Scholars will have the opportunity to network with conference attendees and attend CLE sessions. This scholarship covers the conference registration fee, but does not include lodging or transportation. Selected scholars will be asked to assist SEER staff with collecting session evaluations, CLE sign-ins, and monitoring sessions during the conference. Applications are being accepted from students who meet the following requirements:

Please contact Kevin Gordon at Kevin.Gordon@americanbar.org or 312-988-6256 with any questions.

Writing Competitions

The Section is sponsoring four writing competitions in 2019. Winners will receive cash prizes! Topics and further details are described below. 2018 competition winners are listed here.

Endangered Species Law: Entries for the Competition should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance on any issue related to the Endangered Species Act, wildlife law, and natural resources. The entry deadline is May 16, 2019. Please review the official rules for more information.

Energy Law: Entries for this Competition should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance on any issue related to energy law. The entry deadline is May 17, 2019. Please review the official rules for more information.

Public Land and Resources: Entries for the Competition should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance relating to the topic of public land and resources law. The entry deadline for this competition is May 31, 2019. Please review the official rules for more information.

Water Resources Law: Entries for the Competition should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance on any issue related to water resources law. This would include, but not be limited to, issues under the federal Clean Water Act, state water laws, or any relevant case law relating to either federal or state water law issues. The entry deadline for this competition is May 31, 2019. Please review the official rules for more information.

Special Committee for Law Students

The Section's Special Committee for Law Students encourages law student members to use the committee as a way to network with other SEER members, become more involved in the Section, and learn about environmental, energy and natural resources law.

Membership in the committee will allow you to add to your skill set, broaden your knowledge in the areas of environment, energy, and resources law, and give you valuable information in making career choices. If you are not already a member, you can join on SEER Connect and get involved in the conversation!

If you have questions about the committee, please reach out to one of our leaders, listed below.

Special Committee on Law Students Chair:
Emilee Scott

Law Student Liaison from the ABA Law Student Division:
MaCall Morgan

Staff Liaison: 
Kevin Gordon

Career-Focused Webinars

The ABA Career Center organizes frequent webinars designed to provide information about a wide range of practice areas. Access to these webinars, and an archive of past programs, is an ABA member benefit. 

In November 2018, SEER Co-Sponsored a webinar on energy law careers and two SEER leaders were panelists (Jeff Dennis, Section Membership and Diversity Officer and Sheila Slocum Hollis, Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates). You can access the webinar recording here.

SEER will Co-Sponsor a webinar focusing on careers in environmental law on February 22, 2019, featuring two SEER leaders working in this practice area (Marisa Blackshire, Section Council Member and Michelle Diffenderfer, Section Budget Officer). You may register in advance here or view the webinar after it occurs on this page.

Resources

If you are not already a member of the ABA Law Student Division, find out more about membership on this page.

Looking for a law school with an environmental law program?  See who U.S. News ranks as the top environmental law programs in the country here

The committee has put together a database of Environmental Law Societies at law schools throughout the country.  This database will help the Section reach out to these organizations when there is a local conference or event.  To ensure that your Environmental Law Society (ELS) is included, please send an email to Kevin Gordon.  Please include your contact information and school affiliation.