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Environmental Policy Internship

Midwest Environmental Advocates offers a semester internship opportunity for UW-Madison undergraduate students who are interested in tracking and analyzing Wisconsin environmental policy.

To apply for this internship, please submit a resume and a separate attachment with responses to the questions provided in the linked flyer below to Ry Carpenter at rcarpenter@midwestadvocates.org. You may also submit materials via post to:

Midwest Environmental Advocates
612 West Main Street, Suite 302
Madison, WI 53703

Recruitment for this internship is currently closed. 

Madison College Paralegal Internship

Midwest Environmental Advocates offers Madison College Paralegal Students the opportunity to complete their internship requirements during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

This internship provides students with an in-depth look at all aspects of environmental law practice and nonprofit legal work, while strengthening the four pillars of the Paralegal Program: critical thinking, judgment, writing, and research.

To apply for a paralegal internship, send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (5 page max) via email to Ry Carpenter at rcarpenter@midwestadvocates.org.

You may also submit your materials by post to:

Midwest Environmental Advocates
612 W. Main St., Suite 302
Madison, WI 53703

More information can be found on THIS FLYER.

Clinical Law Clerks and Summer Advocates

Midwest Environmental Advocates runs two programs for law students, our Summer Advocate Program and our Semester Clinical Law Clerk Program. Law Clerks and Summer Advocates develop valuable skills in client interviewing, legal research and writing, and community organizing.

To apply for a law clerk position, send a cover letter, resume, and five-page writing sample (5 page max) via email to Ry Carpenter at rcarpenter@midwestadvocates.org. You may also submit your materials by post to:

Midwest Environmental Advocates
612 W. Main Street, Suite 302
Madison, WI 53703

Recruitment for fall clerkships is currently closed.

MEA also accepts a limited number of non-law students for volunteer positions. For more information email Lauren Rudersdorf at advocate@midwestadvocates.org.

Summer Advocate Program

Midwest Environmental Advocates accepts law students from across the country for in-depth work at our Madison, Wisconsin office from May until August. Summer Advocates work full time for 10-12 weeks. While we have funding available, students are encouraged to seek grants to supplement or enhance their funding.
Summer Advocates work closely with staff attorneys on case development and litigation. Students may draft pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents; conduct legal research and prepare memoranda; develop strategy and legal theories; gather evidence; and attend meetings with clients, conferences with opposing counsel, and any court proceedings. Summer Advocates will also have the opportunity to conduct intakes of potential clients, interact with other counsel and experts, and attend press conferences and government meetings.
Students from The University of Wisconsin Law School are encouraged to apply for the Semester Clinical Program. MEA will consider summer UW law clerks but may prioritize out-of-state applicants.
Recruitment is currently closed for Summer clerkships.

Semester Externship for UW-Madison Law Students

Midwest Environmental Advocates offers a unique experience for University of Wisconsin and Marquette University law students to get an in-depth look at all aspects of environmental law practice and nonprofit legal work.

Our externship provides the opportunity for students to gain a practical knowledge of the workings of environmental law and hone their skills on real issues and cases. Working as law clerks at Midwest Environmental Advocates, students are involved at all levels of environmental litigation from researching new topics in environmental protection to helping prepare briefs in ongoing litigation. We strive to provide students with the opportunity to see environmental law 'in action'.

Past activities have included delivering public comments at legislative hearings, meeting with community members to build grassroots coalitions, and documenting environmental violations ‘in the field.’

In the past, MEA has also been happy to offer seminars to provide students with a varied and in-depth look at all aspects of the practice of environmental law. Topics have included legal issues in citizen suits, using the Clean Water Act, the inner workings of the Department of Natural Resources, environmental justice, working effectively with citizens’ groups and lobbying. We hope to continue these seminars as interest and schedules allow.

Seminars are to be taught by a combination of Midwest Environmental Advocates staff and outside experts, including some non-lawyers, who provide unique perspectives on environmental law. Guest speakers have included local environmental attorneys in private practice, a former Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a former Public Intervenor, among others.

Taken in place of regular classes, students are awarded up to seven credits on a pass/fail basis for the semester externship. Students earn 1 credit per 3 hours worked per week. The minimum number of credits allowed is 3 credits or approximately 12 hours per week. MEA is willing to work with students who want to earn pro bono credits outside of the traditional externship program.

2019 Summer Paralegal Intern

Peter Albro

Peter is a student in the Madison College Paralegal Program. He was born and raised in the Racine, WI, area. After attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and receiving a B.S. with a Biological Aspects of Conservation major, Peter remained in the Madison area and worked in retail for a decade, culminating in a position as the Beer and Cheese Departments' Manager with Brennan's Market. Peter has spent the past two years raising two beautiful girls with his partner, Beth, while attending Madison College. In his spare time, Peter enjoys playing drums, collecting comics, fishkeeping, bird-watching, running table-top role-playing games, and vacationing at the old, family cabins on Crooked Lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

2019 Summer Law Clerks

Irene Au-Young

Irene is a rising third-year law student at Lewis & Clark Law School and is originally from Los Angeles, California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon. She hopes to gain a more robust understanding of environmental law while working at Midwest Environmental Advocates this summer. Specifically, she hopes to be able to utilize environmental law principles more effectively to improve living conditions for farmed animals on CAFOs and for communities disproportionately burdened by agriculture operation pollution.  

Ameya Gehi

Ameya is a rising second-year law student at the University of Michigan. She received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish at the University of Michigan. Ameya knew that she wanted to pursue a career that entails protecting the environment since she was young as she spent most of her childhood outdoors. She loves to hike and visit national parks. Ameya seeks to help MEA ensure that the future generation grows up with the lively planet that she did, and we all respect the source that gives us life.  

Megan Kiplinger

Megan is a rising third-year law student at Marquette University Law School. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in western Michigan where she double majored in sociology and psychology. After graduation, Megan worked as a camp counselor and backpacking trip leader at a summer camp in Colorado. These summers spent teaching teenagers how to enjoy nature while minimizing their impact on the land ignited her interest in environmental advocacy. Megan is excited to spend her summer at MEA learning how the public can use the law to protect the environment.

Hannah Richerson

Hannah is enrolled in a dual degree program pursuing a PhD in Environmental Sciences and a JD with an emphasis in Environmental and Animal Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Law School. Prior to graduate school she primarily worked in the government sector as a biology instructor, park ranger, soil conservationist, and conservation program coordinator. Her research interests focus on the environmental injustices of correctional institution siting—specifically, the social and toxicological implications of prison placement on incarcerated individuals, the immediate communities, and the natural environment. She hopes to continue to build relationships within the community and advocate for environmental justice throughout her clerkship with MEA. When she’s not working, Hannah enjoys spending time with her family, taking care of their rescue animals, and keeping active outdoors.

Alicia Stoklosa

Alicia is a rising second-year law student Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law in New York. She received her B.A. in Intelligence Analysis from Mercyhurst University and had a career in corporate due diligence prior to law school.  Alicia is particularly interested in learning about MEA’s client intake process and encouraging citizens to advocate for their communities. In her spare time you can find Alicia running the nearest trail or picking heavy things up and putting them down at her local CrossFit gym.

2019 Spring Paralegal Intern

Lynda McAfee-Leonardi

Lynda is a student in the paralegal program at Madison Area Technical College. She received her BA in Film Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, before moving to New York City to attend NYU’s graduate program in Cinema Studies. Lynda was the New York Public Library’s Film Historian for six years. While in New York, she also earned an MS in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute. Since moving to Madison, Lynda has worked as a copyeditor and fact-checker. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to live music and playing drums, bass, and ukulele. Lynda hopes to gain experience in public-interest law and environmental advocacy through her internship at MEA.

2019 Spring Law Clerks

Brian Rolf

Brian is a second-year law student at Marquette University Law School hailing from Appleton Wisconsin. He attended UW Green Bay for his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science prior to attending Law School. Having been born on Earth day Brian has always had a passion for the environment going back as far as he can remember, having contributed a small portion of a mural adorning the halls of his Elementary School relating to pollution. Brian enjoys hanging out with friends, going hiking, camping, kayaking, playing board games and many other activities.

Laina Stuebner

Laina is a second-year law student at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She received a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to attending law school, Laina spent time travelling in Asia before working for the City of Madison Parks Division. Laina’s experience at the Parks Division, combined with a love of everything outdoors, lead to her interest in public interest and environmental law. While clerking at MEA, Laina hopes to further her understanding of environmental law generally, in addition to environmental issues specific to Wisconsin. In her free time, Laina loves to backpack, hike, camp, and sail. 

Adam Vanderheyden

Adam Vanderheyden is a second year law student at Marquette University Law School. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin Parkside. Adam was born and raised in Southeast Wisconsin, where he still lives with his pup, Loon, named after his favorite bird. Growing up in Wisconsin has offered Adam a wide variety of outdoor activities that ultimately led to a deep respect for the environment and its majestic cohesiveness. He hopes to expand his knowledge of environmental issues and responsible environmental advocacy during his MEA externship.  

2018 Fall Law Clerks

Timothy Gebhardt

Tim is a third-year law student at Marquette University Law School. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and had a 17-year career in the insurance industry prior to law school. Tim is interested in public interest law and protecting our natural resources. Tim and his family reside in Madison, WI where they often can be found enjoying the lakes. Tim is an avid trail runner and enjoys spending time with his family.

2018 Summer Law Clerks

Maggie Brown

Maggie is a rising third-year law student at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, MO and is from Baltimore, Maryland. She challenged the state of Missouri’s compliance with the Clean Water Act in her capacity as a student attorney in Wash U’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic. Maggie earned a B.A. in political science from Yale University, spent several years working and traveling in Asia before going to law school, and is an avid hiker and scuba diver. She’s excited for the opportunity to research local water issues and advocate for concrete solutions with MEA this summer.

Rob Lundberg

Robert Lundberg is pursuing both a JD and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, he’s a graduate fellow of UW's Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, and an associate of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment. Rob is particularly interested in using the law to protect water as a clean and accessible resource and right for all. Additionally, he is a musician and artist whose work often explores the complexities of environmental themes. In addition to his summer clerkship, Rob continued his work during the fall 2018 semester.