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Clerkship Sponsors are Investing in Future Environmental Leaders

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At Midwest Environmental Advocates, we prioritize educating and empowering the next generation of environmental attorneys. Our summer clerkship program draws law students from top law schools across the country and creates real-world training for tomorrow’s environmental leaders.

This summer, we are thrilled to welcome four outstanding law students—Libby Antonneau, Elise Ashby, Maureen Parks and Grady Rosin. Under the supervision of our staff attorneys, all four clerks are getting an in-depth look at many different aspects of environmental law practice and nonprofit legal work.  A typical day in the office might include conducting research, drafting legal documents, attending a court proceeding or staffing our environmental helpline.

None of this would be possible, however, without the sponsorship of generous MEA donors. Attending law school requires a serious investment of time and money, and for many law students, an unpaid clerkship is out of the question. Thanks to our clerkship sponsors, however, MEA summer law clerks receive a stipend that allows them to keep up with their bills while gaining valuable experience in the field of environmental law. 

We are grateful to this year’s clerkship sponsors, Glenn Teschendorf, Mary Anne Derheimer, Barbara Frank, Bill Lynch and Barbara Manger

These generous individuals are creating an extraordinary impact—not only by supporting clerks’ contributions to defending clean water, land, air and government while at MEA—but also by investing in public interest law careers that will continue for years into the future.

THE DON AND BARBARA FRANK ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CLERKSHIP

Grady Rosin is a law student at Marquette University Law School. During his time as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Grady worked as a paralegal for a La-Crosse-area law firm, where he assisted French Island residents involved in a major water contamination lawsuit.

THE MATT AND LUKE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CLERKSHIP

Maureen Parks is a law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. After graduating from Gonzaga University 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 TESCHENDORF-DERHEIMER ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CLERKSHIP

Libby Antonneau is a law student at the University of Michigan Law School. As an undergraduate at Tulane University, Libby lived in New Orleans, where she witnessed the harmful impact of the petrochemical industry on the health of local residents. Those experiences contributed to her desire to pursue a career in environmental law.

Elise Ashby is a law student at the University of Minnesota Law School. 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.

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