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February 12, 2008

A Legacy of Service: Oregon and the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The ENR Program is proud to announce that 2007 graduate Nick Klingensmith has been offered the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.  This prestigious one-year fellowship matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branches of the United States government.  Klingensmith has accepted an offer to work in the State Dept. Office of Marine Conservation. “I am very excited about the opportunity that has been made available to me,” says Klingensmith.  “The primary reason why I decided to quit my previous career as a fishing guide and go to law school was that I wanted to work on natural resources issues, especially in marine and fisheries policy, and it is now very gratifying to have my law school experience lead to this fellowship offer.  It makes me feel like my decision to go to law school in the first place has been validated.”

Nick is the latest graduate to join the law school’s growing legacy of Knauss Fellows.  Since the Fellowship was established in 1979, eleven other UO Law grads have served as Fellows.  That list includes Jeffery Ballweber (’91), Robert Shavelson (’93), Brita Otteson-Hurst (’94), Mara Brown (’95), Glenn Boledovich (’98), Sharonne O’Shea (’96), Joy Mulinex (’98), Dan Terrell (’99), Camilla Johnston (’02), Kassandra Brown (’02), and Rachel Peitsch (’02).  “The number of Knauss Fellowships which have gone to UO law students demonstrates the strength and endurance of our thirty-nine year old Ocean & Coastal Law Program,” says Professor Richard Hildreth, Director of the Ocean & Coastal Law Program, “I hope and expect that this tradition will continue.”  For more information on the Knauss Fellowship, please visit http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/knauss/photos/2008_fellows/index.html.

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