Midwest Environmental Advocates

Midwest Environmental Advocates is a non-profit environmental law center that works for healthy water, air, land and government for this generation and the next. We believe that every citizen has the potential to make a difference.

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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. Download the clerkship information flier.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and five page writing sample via email to Jimmy Parra at jparra@midwestadvocates.org or by post to:

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

Please submit applications for Fall 2014 clerkships by March 28, 2014 - deadline extended.

MEA also accepts a limited number of non-law students for volunteer positions. For more information email Stacy Harbaugh at sharbaugh@midwestadvocates.org


Summer Advocate Program

Midwest Environmental Advocates accepts up to four 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 not normally eligible to participate in the Summer Advocate Program.  Instead, they are encouraged to apply for the Semester Clinical Program.

Semester Clinical Program for UW-Madison Law Students

Midwest Environmental Advocates offers a unique experience for Wisconsin law students to get an in-depth look at all aspects of environmental law practice and nonprofit legal work. Our clinical program includes two parts, the seminar and the externship.

Our weekly seminars are intended 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. Seminars are 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.

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 in Midwest Environmental Advocates in our Madison office, 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.’

Taken in place of regular classes, students are awarded seven credits on a pass/fail basis for the semester. Based on the standard university requirement for internship hours, students work 315 hours in the semester, including the seminars. Weekly seminars are analogous to law school seminars and usually include readings.


2014 Summer Law Clerks

Jared Gamm

Jared is from Appleton, Wisconsin, and studies law at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. He has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a Summer Advocate for MEA, Jared assists staff with legal research and document drafting for litigation involving a variety of environmental issues, including air quality regulation near frack sand mines.

Dana Harbaugh

Dana is originally from Houston, Texas, but now calls Chicago home. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently a 3L at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. At CU, she is focusing on environmental law, specifically Clean Air Act issues and international environmental law. At MEA, she hopes to further her understanding of environmental issues through work with the Clean Water Act, wetlands, and CAFO permitting.

Peter McNulty

Peter is from St. Louis, Missouri and received an Honors B.A. in International Affairs with a focus in International Economic Relations​​ from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is clerking for MEA prior to beginning his 3L year at Marquette University Law School, where he studies water technology and policy, clean energy development, and real estate. Peter’s focus at MEA has been on water quality and permitting issues and the related interaction between federal and state law.

Olivia Moe

Olivia Moe is from Stoughton, Wisconsin, and studies law at the University of Minnesota Law School. She received a B.A. in environmental studies and English from UW-Madison. In her MEA law clerkship, Olivia is working on issues related to frac sand mining and she hopes to use this experience at the intersection of law, science, and policy in a future career in environmental law.

 

2013 Fall Law Clerks

David McColloch

David McColloch is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received his B.A. in Political Science from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.  He is working for MEA in his third year at the UW-Madison Law School, assisting with a range of issues involving water quality and local government.  He is interested in environmental law, land use and planning, and government relations.  He is looking forward to a career in public interest law.

Kellan Mclemore

Kellan Mclemore is from Denver, Colorado and received his B.A. in Biology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He is serving his clerkship at MEA in his second year at the UW-Madison Law School. Through his legal research and support for litigation on water quality regulation near CAFO farms in Wisconsin, he hopes his time at MEA will further his interest in public interest law, particularly environmental law. His goal is to start a private practice in environmental law. Kellan clerked for MEA for both the fall 2013 semester and the spring 2014 semester.

Maddy Ziegler

Maddy Ziegler is from Janesville, Wisconsin, and studies law at the UW-Madison Law School.  She has undergraduate degrees in English and Political Science from the UW–La Crosse. She has a longstanding interest in the environment and is happy to be putting that interest to work at MEA  researching a wide range of environmental issues.

 

2013 Summer Law Clerks

Cassie McCrae

Cassie McCrae is from Lake Helen, Florida, and studies law at The University of Texas School of Law. She has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago. As a law clerk for Midwest Environmental Advocates, McCrae worked on local land use issues and researched citizens’ rights related to frac sand mining and processing in Wisconsin. For the academic year 2013-14 Cassie is 3L at The University of Texas School of Law and will be a clerk for Judge Robert C. Chambers, Southern District of West Virginia, in Huntington, WV from August 2015-16.

David Conrad

David Conrad is from Stanley, NC and studies law at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. He has an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from the University of North Carolina. As a law clerk for Midwest Environmental Advocates, David worked on comments on permits for CAFOs and researched citizens’ rights in reference to various water quality issues.

 

2013 Spring Semester Law Clerks

Erin Clark

Erin is originally from Denver, CO, but has also lived and worked in New England and Southern California. As a law student at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Clark focused on real estate, land use, and environmental law. Having worked as an urban planner for the City of Pasadena, CA before entering law school, she hopes to combine her interest and expertise in municipal government and land use planning with the law. Her work with MEA included reviewing and commenting on proposed rule changes by Wisconsin administrative agencies that could impact environmental protection and enforcement.

Laura Campbell

Laura is from Deerfield, Wisconsin and studied law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Her undergraduate studies in social and environmental justice lead to her interest in environmental law. Her experience as a clerk at Midwest Environmental Advocates served to cement this passion.

Pamela M. Ritger

Originally from Milwaukee, Pam has worked on environmental issues in Washington D.C. and Ecuador.  She completed a J.D., a Masters in International Public Affairs, and a certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2013. She hopes to combine her background in environmental law and policy, and energy analysis, to ensure environmentally responsible, sustainable growth.  Her work with MEA this semester included advancing protections for clean water and improved public transit options.