Environmental Law & Land Use Society News

Conservation Law Center Seeking Graduate Fellow Attorney

Okay folks, here is yet another job opportunity in environmental and natural resources law—and this one is just up the road! Please read the job description from Bill Weeks of the Conservation Law Center to learn more:


Conservation Law Center

Position Description: Graduate Fellow Attorney, Full Time

Office Location: 116 South Indiana, Suite 4, Bloomington, IN 47408


The Conservation Law Center at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law is seeking a Graduate Fellow Attorney to join our practice. We represent conservation organizations without charge, work to improve conservation law and policy, and provide clinical experience to second and third year law students. Among a great variety of matters we work on the law of conservation easements, threats to species and ecological systems, protection of high quality aquatic systems, and representation of land trusts. Through their work with the Clinic, law students gain clinical experience in the practice of law and the profession's public service tradition.

Graduate Fellow Attorneys do legal research on issues in which the Center is involved; help guide, train, and supervise the Center’s interns; do and edit legal writing; represent Center clients; and assist as needed in all aspects of the operation of the Center. Fellowships are generally offered to attorneys with outstanding legal credentials who are licensed to practice, are committed to conservation, and who have practiced fewer than two years, or to outstanding recent law school graduates who expect to be licensed to practice law within several months of their employment by the Center. Fellowships are for one year, with a second year possible at the option of the Fellow, depending on interest, and the Center, depending on performance. The Center hopes the experience of its Graduate Fellow Attorneys will help them to secure work in public interest environmental law.

Graduate Fellow Attorneys work an average of 35 hours per week, although our commitment to excellent representation of Center clients will require that Fellows work more than that during some weeks. The annual salary for first year Fellows is $39,000. An increase is possible for second year Fellows. In addition to salary, the CLC provides certain benefits.

Graduate Fellow Attorneys are supervised by the Director of the Conservation Law Center, W. William Weeks, and the Center’s Staff Attorney, Jeffrey B. Hyman. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume addressed to the attention of Britt Rust at the Conservation Law Center at the address above, or by e-mail to bcrust@indiana.edu.

Vermont Energy LLM Fellowship and Energy & the Environment Masters Scholarship

The following information is from an email by Kevin B. Jones at Vermont Law School:

 The Institute for Energy and the Environment at VLS would like to share some information about two upcoming opportunities for the next academic year.


Global Energy LLM Fellowship - We are now accepting applications for our Global Energy LLM Fellowship which offers a tuition waiver and stipend through the Institute for Energy and the Environment which is part of our Environmental Law Center.  It is expected that this fellow will lead our US DOE funded Solar PV work on codes and standards for rooftop solar. The Global Energy LLM Fellow will also participate in our community energy project and help us launch our new Energy Clinic in the fall of 2014.  More information can be found at:



Energy and the Environment Masters Scholarship – We are also accepting applications for our new Energy and Environment Scholarship for an outstanding student that is accepted into our new Master of Energy Law and Regulation program (MERL) and who plans to pursue a career in energy and environmental public service.  More information can be found at:


Environmental Law and Land Use Board 2013-2014 Announced!

On behalf of the ELLUS Board for 2012-2013 school year, I am pleased to announce the Environmental Law and Land Use Board for the year 2013-2014.

 President - Ella Neely

Director of the Environment - Gayle Johnson

Director of Land Use and Urban Development - Robin Rice

Director of Communications - Bailey Schrupp

Director of Events - Kathryn Cross


There are two positions which are still available and will be elected in the fall.  These positions are Director of Finance and Director of Public Relations.  I encourage anyone interested to run for these positions at that time.We are excited to see what this new group will bring to ELLUS in the following year!

Climate Security and the 100 Mile Lunch

On February 27th, at 12:00 in Room 177, Ms. Anna K. Murray, Esq. will be speaking about climate security.  At that time, ELLUS will host the annual Hundred-Mile Lunch.  Plates will be $5.  Please come join us for this lecture and enjoy some local food!  If you would like to contribute a dish, please email Ella Neely (le8687@aol.com) or Beth Robinson (leobeth2000@yahoo.com).  ELLUS will also be selling Critical Mass Beargrass Bike Ride t-shirts from 2012 for $15.    

ELLUS Presentation - Kentucky Waterways Alliance presentation

The Kentucky Waterways Alliance will be doing a presentation about Beargrass Creek on April 17, from 12-1 in room 175.  We will provide lunch!

Environmental Law and Land Use Society Panel

Interested in a career as an Environmental Attorney or using your law degree for environmental issues?  Please attend the ELLUS session on Wednesday, February 29th at Noon in room 275.  Speakers will be Shane Benson with the Kentucky Public Service Commission, John Carroll with the County Attorney's Office, Bob Ehrler with LG&E, and Randy Strobo with Hank Graddy Law Firm in Midway, KY.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served outside of 275.

ELLUS Meeting

ELLUS is having its first meeting of 2012 on Tuesday, January 17 at 1:00 in Rm 177, we hope to see you there!

Beargrass Critical Mass Bike Ride

ELLUS will host its first, of hopefully many, critical mass bike rides.  The ride will start in Cherokee Park and will follow along Beargrass Creek through Waterfront Park and end near 4th Street Live.  The ride is approximately six miles and taken at a leisurely pace.  The ride will begin at 10:00 a.m.  The ride is free with a suggested donation of $20 for which you will receive a free T-Shirt.  The money raised at this event will help get ELLUS members to APIEL and other conferences this year!

Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

The Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law (APIEL) Conference University of Tennessee College of Law
Knoxville, Tennessee
October 20-23, 2011


Register Today!
Registration is now open for the 2nd annual Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law (APIEL) conference at the University of Tennessee College of Law. APIEL welcomes law and policy students, attorneys, community activists, scientists, and policy experts for a weekend of workshops and panels focused on exchanging information and fostering collaboration on the most critical environmental law issues of our time. The APIEL conference hopes to create a common ground for community organizers, lawyers and researchers to communicate, educate each other and have fun. For students, APIEL is a chance to network with leading lawyers, professionals, and community activists who are fighting for environmental justice and economic transition in central Appalachia.

Topics Include:
● Mountaintop removal and strip mining
● Citizen enforcement of Tennessee water law
● National Pollutants Discharge Elimination System Permits
● “Lands Unsuitable for Mining”: citizen victories
● Endangered Species Act
● Creating mineral tax trust funds for economic diversification
● Activist-attorney relations
● “Know your rights” as activists and as the attorneys who represent them

A complete list of workshops and panels will soon be available at www.apiel.org.

Attendance fee: $65 (includes pizza on Thursday night).

All other meals, transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the participant. Participants who are only attending part of the conference may pay by the day.

For More Information and to Register for APIEL
Visit the APIEL website at www.apiel.org.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=101827116534567&ref=mf

Email us: apielconference@yahoo.com
Call: (865) 257-4029 Fax: (888) 201-1104

APIEL CONFERENCE POB 20363 Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

We look forward to meeting you there!

ELLUS Elections Today

The Environmental Law and Land Use Society will be holding a meeting this afternoon, at 4pm in room 071, to decide on proposed changes to our constitution, and (depending on the outcome) to hold elections for some positions.