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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Summer Advocate 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. Before that she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a concentration in Latin American Studies from Carleton College. Since school, she began working with Clean Wisconsin as Grants Manager in September 2013 and became Staff Attorney and Climate Resilience Project Manager in March 2014. She works with Clean Wisconsin's Legal Department to strengthen and enforce regulations to protect our air and water, and to facilitate greater usage and development of clean, efficient energy in Wisconsin. Pam also works with Clean Wisconsin's Water Program, raising awareness and encouraging installation of green infrastructure practices in Milwaukee neighborhoods surrounding the 30th Street Industrial Corridor.