ENR 2L and 3L Fellowships


To further the ENR Center’s mission of "engaging the law to support sustainability on earth," the Center has developed seven theme-based projects that draw upon existing faculty strengths and provide synergistic opportunities for promoting student experience, providing service to the community, and bringing intellectual energy to bear on some of the most challenging and cutting-edge environmental issues of our day. Each year the ENR Center selects law students to work with faculty on these projects as ENR Fellows.
The seven interdisciplinary projects are:

Conservation Trust Project
Fellows focus on public trust theory and private property tools to achieve landscape conservation. Faculty: Profs. Adell Amos, Susan Gary, Richard Hildreth, and Mary Wood.

Energy Law and Policy Project
Exploring innovative law and policy to promote a green energy future. Faculty: Profs. Adell Amos, Gregory Dotson, and Roberta Mann.

Food Resiliency Project:
Fellows probe key law and policy issues to ensure resilient, sustainable food systems. Faculty: Profs. Michael Fakhri and Mary Wood.

Global Environmental Democracy Project:
Preparing students to be advocates for global change. Faculty: Profs. John Bonine and Mary Wood.

Native Environmental Sovereignty Project:
Fellows examine emerging tribal roles in co-managing lands and resources. Faculty: Profs. Howie Arnett and Mary Wood.

Oceans, Coasts and Watersheds Project: 
Fellows engage the law to promote sustainability for ocean, coastal, and freshwater resources. Faculty: Profs. Adell Amos and Richard Hildreth.

Sustainable Land Use Project:  
Fellows evaluate land use laws, theories, and practices to ensure sustainable development in our communities. Faculty: Prof. Roberta Mann, Mohsen Manesh, and Mary Wood.


The fellowship appointment requires a 40 hours/semester time commitment and involves three primary areas of work: (1) administrative work including preparation of summary sheets and concept papers for each project, office hours, ENR Center staffing, helping out with ENR events, assisting other projects, talking with prospective students, regular meetings with Heather Brinton, ENR Director; (2) project development work including project event planning, short courses, developing externship opportunities related to the project, organizing conference panels and workshops, brown bags, community events, guest speakers, and (3) substantive research and writing related to the project’s goals, developing interdisciplinary approaches to the issues addressed by the project and integrating traditional coursework with specialized study in the substantive area. Fellows will receive financial support. 

Application Instructions:

To apply for an ENR fellowship available, rising 2Ls and 3Ls must submit an application to enr@uoregon.edu by Friday, April 6, 2018 at 5:00pm that contains the following: (1) a cover letter which describes interests and experiences within the ENR program or project area for which the individual is applying; (2) the interdisciplinary projects(s) for which you are applying [Note: you may apply for more than one, but please indicate order of preference]; (3) resume; (4) law school transcript (unofficial is fine); and (5) a list of any other leadership roles or graduate employment you have accepted for the 2018-2019 academic year.  All applicants will be considered for both funded and unfunded Fellowships unless the application indicates otherwise. 

Examples of Possible 2018-2019 Research: 

The Conservation Trust Project:
Public Trust Doctrine Constraints Against Fossil Fuel Developments
Ethical Investing and the Divestment Movement 

Energy Law and Policy Project: 
State Efforts to Increase Electrified Transportation
Carbon Policy in Oregon   

Food Resiliency Project: 
Agroecology and Law 
Facilitation of Residential Food Production

Global Environmental Democracy Project:
Exploring the Necessity Defense in the Context of Climate Activism 
Institutional Mechanisms for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

Native Environmental Sovereignty Project:
Pacific Northwest Tribes and Fossil Fuel Infrastructure 

Oceans, Coasts and Watersheds Project: 
Instream Flow in the Willamette River Basin
INFEWS: The Energy, Water, and Food Nexus
Approaches to Protect Surface and Ground Water
U.S. Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy Post-Obama 
Ocean Acidification 

Sustainable Land Use Project:
Prescribed Fire in National Forests 
Local Government Climate Action Plans 
Urbanism Next: Effects of Technological Advances (e.g. autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, drones, sharing economy) Cities, Focusing on Issues Such as Land Use, Regulatory Structures, Employment, Sustainability, and Housing Affordability