The New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section and the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources are once again offering minority fellowships for the summer of 2012.
Since 1992, minority environmental fellowships have been awarded each year for summer employment with governmental environmental agencies and private not-for-profit environmental organizations. The primary objective is to encourage and assist promising minority students to enter the field of environmental law, thereby enhancing diversity in the environmental legal community.
Minority law students are eligible for fellowship consideration if they are enrolled in a law school in New York State, or are permanent New York State residents enrolled in a law school in any other state. For purposes of the fellowship, minority is defined to include: African-American, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Alaskan native, and Native American.
The successful applicant will receive a $6,000 stipend for ten weeks of employment in the summer. Placements are the responsibility of the fellowship winner. In the past, placements have been made with such agencies and organizations as Region II of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (New York City), the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Department of Law (New York City), the Natural Resources Defense Council (New York City), Environmental Defense (New York City), and West Side Environmental Defense (Buffalo).
Each of the fellowship recipients is assigned mentors from the environmental bar, who provide guidance and encouragement throughout the term of the Fellowship. The mentors provide a valuable contact for the recipients during and after their law school studies. Additionally, the fellowship recipients are invited to attend a number of bar association meetings and events.
Please refer to the Association’s website, www.nysba.org for applications. If you have any questions about the fellowship program, please feel free to contact fellowship coordinator Lisa Bataille at lbataille at nysba.org or 518-487-5681.