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June 11, 2009

ENR Fellows Gear Up for Summer Clerkships

The following article appears in the Spring 2009 ENR Newsletter

Each year, Oregon’s Environmental and Natural Resources (“ENR”) Law students seek out summer experiences that will prepare them for careers in public interest environmental law. This year, several students focused their search on the national public interest environmental law firm Earthjustice. Certain that the Earth does need a good lawyer (Earthjustice’s tagline), three ENR fellows will intern with Earthjustice in three difference locales — Abby Blodgett at the Oakland, California, office; Andy Engle at the Seattle, Washington, office; and Michelle Platt at the Denver, Colorado, office.

Michelle Platt, Abby Blodgett, and Andy Engle will intern with Earthjustice this summer.
Michelle Platt, Abby Blodgett, and Andy Engle will intern with Earthjustice this summer.

Abby, Andy, and Michelle each took different paths in reaching law school. Yet, the students were drawn to the University of Oregon for similar reasons: the strength of Oregon’s environmental law program and their personal interest in environmental protection. Each student hopes to pursue a career in public interest environmental law after graduation. Abby, Andy, and Michelle were also drawn toward Earthjustice for identical reasons: an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to litigation and the chance to play an important role in protecting communities.

“I’m particularly excited to be able to put what I’ve been learning in water law to use,” said Andy. “Earthjustice is doing great work on water issues and I am really looking forward to immersing myself for a summer.”

Aside from their ENR fellowships, Abby, Andy, and Michelle are active members of the student body. Abby co-directs Land Air Water, is a research assistant for Professor Mary Wood, and sits on the Loan Repayment Assistance Program Board. Andy is also involved with Land Air Water, was co-director for this year’s Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, and co-edits the Western Environmental Law Update. Michelle is a managing editor for the Oregon Review of International Law journal and is working on a J.D. and M.A. degree in international environmental law issues.

Michelle Platt is a second-year law student and an ENR fellow for the global environmental democracy project.

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