Kate Abbott, 1L"In my first semester at Michigan Law, ELPP has already helped me solidify my desire to pursue a career in the environment. The lecture series demonstrates the wide variety of opportunities, and I look forward to exploring more in my next two years here."
John Atchley, 1L"As a first-year student, the Law School's Environmental Law and Policy Program provides incredible opportunities for me to see my academic coursework refracted through the real-world expertise of leading practitioners in the environmental sector. The program faculty and speakers are extremely accessible and eager to work with students, and have given me a much clearer sense of what it means to be a practicing lawyer engaged in the sorts of issues about which I am most passionate."
Adam Cullman, '10, U.S. Department of Justice "ELPP is a tremendous asset to the University of Michigan Law School. The ELPP Lecture Series exposed me to a wide range of ideas through a diverse and interesting group of speakers. In addition, Prof. David Uhlmann has a deep commitment to his students that was invaluable in my pursuit of a career in environmental law."
Emily Gilman, 1L "The ELPP Lecture Series is an outstanding introduction to environmental law. Lecturers provide the opportunity to learn about current environmental challenges that face lawyers working in the field, and examine the possibilities for future action. I have left each lecture with an appreciation for how dynamic environmental law can be."
Nick Hirst, 3L"I joined the Michigan Environmental Crimes Project as an opportunity to do research with the potential for real impact on the prosecution of environmental crimes. My experience was hugely beneficial last summer when I worked for a state attorney general's office. I came in with working knowledge of a number of the areas of law that I ended up working on, and a unique experience that interested my colleagues."
Ben Kobren, 1L"Michigan's Environmental Law and Policy Program provides an unparalleled blend of profound academic exploration and first-rate practical application. Faculty members draw from broad field experiences and academic expertise to create an invaluable learning opportunity. This unique combination, which is complemented by an exceptional speakers program, attracted me to the Law School, and reinforces my interest in continuing a career in environmental law and policy."
Tad Macfarlan, '11, K&L Gates LLP"During my first year at Michigan Law, the ELPP Lecture Series piqued my interest in the intersection of environmental law, policy, and science. My subsequent participation in a variety of environmental law courses and pro bono projects cemented my decision to pursue a career in energy and environmental law."
Annise Maguire, '09, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C."The ELPP cemented my interest in a life-long career in environmental law. Displaying an impressively robust and varied curriculum, the ELPP allowed me to develop an expertise in an emerging field of law that is still undervalued or underemphasized at many law schools. Although the curriculum is notable, without a doubt the most valuable feature of the ELPP is the extraordinary faculty. They bring a wealth of practical experience to the classroom, and their commitment to students is unparalled. Having [faculty] mentors, who nearly three years after graduation are still committed to my success and involved in my professional development, is an invaluable benefit of my participation in the ELPP and something for which I will always be grateful."
Elissa Reidy, 2L"I joined the Michigan Environmental Crimes Project as a first-year student because I was interested in learning about environmental law in practice. Not only did the work foster my interest in an important area of study, but I was exposed to the actual work of federal prosecutors and courts—an experience that first-year classes rarely provide."
Edward Schexnayder, 3L, Executive Managing Editor, Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law"Like many other students, Michigan Law's excellent environmental law program drew me to Ann Arbor. Last year, other students and I worked together to enhance the program by founding the new Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law. The journal has encouraged me, as an editor, to think deeply and broadly about environmental legal issues beyond the confines of my classes. The journal has enriched my law school experience and will enrich my upcoming career in environmental law."
Virgilio Sklar, JD/MUP '11"The ELPP's assistance in developing my program of interdisciplinary study led to a wonderful union between my work for Michigan's Environmental Law Clinic and my urban planning program's master's thesis on the siting of offshore wind energy installations in the Great Lakes. Through that experience I not only received incredible mentorship, but I also positioned myself to show potential employers that I was uniquely situated to contribute to the policymaking and legal strategizing of any organization involved in environmental advocacy."
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