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Law Clerks

Law students who participate in MEA’s clerk program get an in-depth look at many different aspects of environmental law practice and nonprofit legal work, including:

  • Working with staff attorneys on case development and litigation
  • Drafting pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents
  • Conducting legal research and preparing memoranda
  • Developing strategy and legal theories
  • Attending client meetings and court proceedings
  • Conducting client intakes

Summer Law Clerk Program

Midwest Environmental Advocates accepts law students from across the country for in-depth work from May until August. Summer clerks work full time for 10-12 weeks. While we have funding available, students are encouraged to seek grants to supplement or enhance their funding. Students from The University of Wisconsin and Marquette law schools are encouraged to apply for the Semester Clinical Program. MEA will consider summer UW law clerks but may prioritize out-of-state applicants.

Semester Law Clerk Program

Our semester program is designed for students attending law schools in Midwestern states, particularly Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Taken in place of regular classes, students are awarded up to seven credits on a pass/fail basis. 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. We are willing to consider students who want to earn pro bono credits outside of the traditional clerkship program.

2024 Summer Law Clerks

THE TESCHENDORF-DERHEIMER ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CLERKSHIP
established by Glenn Teschendorf and Mary Anne Derheimer

Libby Antonneau, University of Michigan Law School

Libby has a strong background in environmental and energy policy research. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Management in Legal and Environmental Studies from Tulane University, she enrolled at the University of Michigan Law School. Growing up along the shore of Lake Michigan, Libby lived not far from one of Wisconsin’s largest coal generation stations. As an undergraduate, she lived in New Orleans, just down the Mississippi River from more than a quarter of the country’s petrochemical production. Although the industry provided jobs to the community, Libby saw how devastating it was for the health of local residents. These experiences contributed to her desire to pursue a career protecting the environment and the health of her community.

Generous support for Libby’s clerkship has also been provided the University of Michigan Law School.

Elise Ashby, University of Minnesota Law School

Elise’s interest in environmental law was sparked by an environmental policy class during her freshman year at Arizona State University. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Elise worked for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and for a nonprofit legal services organization before enrolling in law school at the University of Minnesota. Having grown up in the Badger State, Elise is passionate about environmental issues that affect Wisconsinites and the western Great Lakes region.

Generous support for Elise’s clerkship has also been provided the University of Minnesota Law School.

THE MATT AND LUKE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CLERKSHIP
established by Bill Lynch and Barbara Manger

Maureen Parks, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Maureen’s concern for the environment was born in the forests, wetlands, and prairies of southeastern Wisconsin where she grew up. During her time as an undergraduate at Gonzaga University, she had the opportunity to take a seminar on environmental law. That experience led to her interest in a pursuing a career in environmental law. After graduating from Gonzaga with degrees in History and Environmental Studies, Maureen spent a year volunteering with Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Nashville, where she worked with people recently released from incarceration.

THE DON AND BARBARA FRANK ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CLERKSHIP
established by Barbara Frank

Grady Rosin, Marquette University Law School

Grady graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a degree in Sociology. During his time as an undergraduate, he also worked as a paralegal for a La-Crosse area law firm, where he assisted clients involved in a major water contamination lawsuit. Grady says he is proud of the role he played in helping French Island residents understand their water-test results and access clean water through DNR programs. As a law student, he continues to provide assistance to people in need through his work with the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic.

Interested in establishing a named clerkship or contributing to an existing clerkship?