The Matt & Luke Environmental Law Clerkship

Established by Bill Lynch & Barbara Manger

The Matt and Luke Environmental Law Clerkship was established by Bill Lynch and Barbara Manger in 2021. The desire to educate and empower future environmental leaders resonates deeply with Bill, a retired attorney, and his wife, Barbara, an accomplished artist. Together, they established the Matt and Luke Environmental Law Clerkship in memory of their sons. 

When asked about what motivated them to establish the clerkship, Bill said, “Barbara and I are grateful for the opportunity to build the next generation of lawyers devoted to securing a clean and healthy environment. Luke and Matt would be very happy to see law students preparing for careers in which they’ll use their talents to seek justice for those whose air, land and water are threatened.”

Clerkship Awards by Year

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.

Antonia Langowski, Lewis & Clark Law School

Antonia graduated from the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse with a degree in political science. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a student fellow with Wisconsin Conservation Voters and as an intern with the Sierra Club and with Wisconsin Representative Lakeshia Myers. As a rising second year law student at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, she serves on the Student Affairs Committee and the Ethics Committee of the Student Bar Association. She is also a member of Northwest Environmental Defense Center’s Environmental Justice Team, a position that has allowed her to work on a range of environmental issues, including the regulation of air emissions from large livestock facilities. Antonia says she is delighted to return to her home state of Wisconsin for the summer, where her clerkship with MEA will help her prepare for a career in environmental and human rights policy and advocacy.

Jacob Dalton, Marquette University Law School

Jacob graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in forestry and natural resources. After graduation, he worked as a police officer for six years. Changing his career trajectory in 2019 allowed him to return to his passion for environmental protection. As a law student at Marquette University Law School, he is a member of the Marquette University Law Review and the Environmental Law Society. Jacob says that his experience working in law enforcement will make him a better environmental attorney, having taught him how to interact respectfully with diverse populations, to pay meticulous attention to detail and to engage in critical thinking.

Philip Manning, University of Michigan Law School

Philip earned degrees in economics and psychology from Albion College where he wrote his senior thesis on policy tools for curbing climate change. At the University of Michigan Law School he served as Junior Editor of the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law and worked with the Green Gavels Project, a voter education effort led by the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

*Generous support for the 2021 clerkship was provided by Ryan Mallery and Margarete and David Harvey.

Antonia Langowski
2023 Matt & Luke Environmental Law Clerk