AWARDS for STUDENTS

George C. Munro Award for Environmental Law

This award was established by the Hawai‘i Audubon Society in memory of George C. Munro for his pioneering work in protecting Hawai‘i's native wildlife. The cash award is given annually for the highest grade in the Environmental Law course.

Environmental Law Society Summer Grant

The No Ke ‘Ola o ka ‘Āina summer grant, offered by the student-run Environmental Law Society, is a competitive award up to $2,000 that funds a student's summer clerkship with an environmental public interest or governmental organization.

Natural Resources Section Hawai'i State Bar Diversity Fellowship

The Natural Resources Section (NRS) of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association offers summer grants through the “Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Law,” funded up to $5000 by the NRS and the ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER).

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Second-Year-Seminar Award

The law firm of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing gives a cash award each year to the best Environmental Law paper from the Second-Year Seminar course.

Linnel Nishioka Environmental Law Summer Fellowship

This fellowship offered by Hawaiian Electric Company is designed to give students an opportunity to explore the growing "in house" field of corporate environmental law in Hawai`i.

 

Elizabeth Sharpe Fish & Wildlife Law Fellowship

The Sharpe Fellowship supports students seeking to explore career opportunities with the Fish & Wildlife Service in areas of particular importance to Hawai'i, including the connection between protected species and indigenous communities.

Dept. of Land and Natural Resources Marine Law Summer Internship

Thanks to the generous support of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, and in partnership with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the Attorney General's office, ELP is offering this summer internship for a 1L or 2L student to work at the DLNR's Division of Aquatic Resources on coral reef enforcement issues.

Dept. of Land and Natural Resources Marine Law Fellowship

The DLNR Marine Law Fellowship is a one-year fellowship open to recent graduates, made possible by the support of NOAA/DLNR's FLASH program, and is part of a continuing partnership between ELP, the Attorney General's Office, the Director of DLNR, the Division of Aquatic Resources, and the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation.

Jarman Summer Environmental Law Fellowship

This summer fellowship is available to 1Ls interested in public sector environmental law careers. The fellowship is made possible by generous ELP alumni, faculty, and friends who started growing the UHF Jarman Endowment over four years ago with the twin goals of honoring Professor Jarman, who founded ELP in 1988, and of providing new support to our students interested in public service.

Environmental Law Program
Travel Grants

ELP provides travel grants for students wishing to attend exciting environmental law conferences throughout the country.

Don't forget to also check our Career Resources page for other summer employment and internship opportunities!


George C. Munro Award for Environmental Law

This award was established by the Hawai‘i Audubon Society in memory of George C. Munro for his pioneering work in protecting Hawai‘i's native wildlife. The cash award is given annually for the highest grade in the Environmental Law course.

2008 - Greg Shimokawa
2007 - Liula Kotaki, Evan Silberstein, and Virginia Tice (tied)
2006 - Kamaile Nichols
2005 - Bradley Davis
2004 - Koalani Kaulukukui
2003 - Jennifer C. Carpenter
2002 - Paul Herran
2001 - Kathryn Opedal
2000 - Jamie Tanabe
1999 - Adrienne Yoshihara
1998 - Paul Tanaka
1997 - Robert Albrecht
1996 - Kimberley Wong
1995 - Garrick Goo
1994 - Blake Oshiro
1991 - Pamela Bunn
1990 - Madalyn Purcell
1989 - Reginald Gooding
1988 - Linda Paul
1987 - Michael Reveal

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No Ke ‘Ola o ka ‘Āina (For the Life of the Land), Environmental Law Society Grant

The No Ke ‘Ola o ka ‘Āina summer grant, offered by the student-run Environmental Law Society, is a competitive award up to $2,000 that funds a student's summer clerkship with an environmental public interest or governmental organization. Click here to view the application form (Due April 8, 2009).

2009 - Charlie Taylor, Class of 2011, Life of the Land

“This summer I was awarded the Environmental Law Society's summer grant to work with a non-profit group working on environmental issues affecting Hawaii. The grant afforded me the opportunity to work with Henry Curtis of Life of the Land Hawaii researching a cutting edge alternative energy project, hopefully helping the state of Hawaii reduce its dependence on foreign oil. . . . Overall, the work I did with Life of the Land was extremely satisfying and intellectually challenging and I am very appreciative to have gotten the opportunity to do such cutting edge work. The Environmental Law summer grant was a tremendous help in allowing me to take a volunteer position at such an interesting non-profit group.” – Charlie Taylor

2008 - Leslie Cole-Brooks, Class of 2010, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA)

“In the short time I worked at NOAA, I gained lots of real world experience. I wrote eight “NOVAs” (Notice of Violation and Assessment of civil penalty) for violations of both the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Endangered Species Act. The cases involved “takes” of an endangered Hawaiian monk seal, a threatened green sea turtle, an approach violation of a humpback whale, a shark finning case, and several violations involving lapsed fishing permits and failure to turn in fishing logs. I also compiled two PPIPs (Preliminary Position on Issues and Procedures—a sort of mini discovery document), and drafted direct examination questions for two witnesses for a trial. . . . I also had the chance to listen in on a pre-trial conference with an administrative law judge, the prosecutor, and the respondent, and have also heard two settlement negotiations. I attended several meetings, ranging in topics from administration and organization of the VMS program (vessel monitoring system) to monk seal volunteer trainings. I highly recommend intern/externing for NOAA office of general counsel for any student interested in environmental law.” – Leslie Cole-Brooks

2007 - Sunny Greer, Class of 2009, Trust for Public Land

2006 - Matt Snow, Class of 2008, State of Hawai‘i Attorney General’s Office (client: State Department of Health)

“I gained invaluable experience by volunteering for the Attorney General's Office. I was involved in a big environmental case, doing research, writing memos, and going to meetings. I got to see how administrative law and settlement negotiations work in practice. Ted Bohlen was a great mentor and everyone else in the office was very helpful and nice. Mahalo to ELS for the grant, which made it possible!” – Matt Snow


2005 - Grant Arnold, Class of 2007, North Shore Community Land Trust
2004 - Camille Kalama, Class of 2006
2003 - Martha Townsend, Class of 2005
2002 - Crystal Glendon, Class of 2004
2001 - Nathan Roehrig, Class of 2003
2000 - Robert Harris, Class of 2002, First ELS grant recipient, Hawai‘i Attorney General's Office

“The grant program offers an exciting opportunity to see first-hand Hawai‘i’s environmental laws at work and complemented my coursework in law school. I was directly involved in enforcement cases, working side-by-side with the top government attorneys in the state.” – Robert Harris

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Natural Resources Section (NRS) Hawai'i State Bar Association Diversity Fellowship

The Natural Resources Section (NRS) of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association offers summer grants through the “Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Law,” funded up to $5000 by the NRS and the ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER). Click here to view the application form (Due April 24, 2009).

Here are the prior grant recipients and their stories:

2009 - Andrea Aseff, 3L at University of Colorado Boulder School of Law.

2008 - Sunny Greer, Class of 2009: Earthjustice (Honolulu)


Sunny Greer (second from right) with co-workers

“I am very grateful to have been the recipient of the 2008 Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Law, which was generously funded by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, & Resources and the Natural Resources Section of the Hawai'i State Bar Association. My summer fellowship at the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation involved extensive legal research on issues affecting controversial development projects from Kauai to the Big Island. By the end of my fellowship, I completed six memos, attended four administrative and community meetings, and worked with a legal team that just took my analytical and writing skills to a higher level. My summer was awesome!”
– Sunny Greer

2007 - Aarin Gross, Class of 2008: Earthjustice (Honolulu)

"The NRS fellowship allowed me to devote my 2L summer to environmental public interest work as a summer clerk for Earthjustice. It was an invaluable opportunity to participate in important public trust litigation, as well as assist with ongoing agency action challenges and case investigations for potential citizen suits. I worked closely with the some of the most talented environmental litigation attorneys in Honolulu, and was given many opportunities to pick their brains about law school, career paths, and how to find a balance between work and family. I gained new skills, made new friends, and got some great recommendations. It was a fantastic opportunity." – Aarin Gross

2006 - Steve Tom, Class of 2008: City and County of Honolulu, Department of Corporation Counsel

“The ABA fellowship was a great opportunity to gain experience in the environmental law field and earn money as a 1L (first year law student). I worked full-time for nine weeks at Honolulu's Corporation Counsel, assisting attorneys who advise the City's Department of Environmental Services. During my summer, Deputy Corporation Counsel Paul Herran, recent ELP alum, supervised my work on solid waste, clean water, and wastewater treatment issues. Paul was vital to my understanding of complex legal issues, improving my writing, and meeting people in the field. To top it off, I had the opportunity to visit a sewage pumping station while on the job!!” – Steve Tom


2005 - Matthew Kupono Carr, School of Law at UC Davis, Earthjustice, Mid-Pacific (Honolulu) Office

2004 - Koalani Kaulukukui, Class of 2006: State Dept of Land and Natural Resources, Office of the Director (Honolulu)

2003 - Beau Bassett, Class of 2005: Commission on Water Resource Management, State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (Honolulu) & Nathan Kanale Sadowski, Class of 2005: Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (Honolulu)

2002 - Jill Raznov, Class of 2004: Nature Conservancy in Honolulu

2001 - Le‘a Malia Kanehe, Class of 2003: Nā Koa Ikaika o Ka Lāhui Hawai‘i (Hilo) & Shirley N.K. Garcia, Class of 2003: Commission on Water Resource Management, State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (Honolulu)

2000 - R. Hokulei Lindsey , Class of 2002: DLNR, Office of the Director and Water Commission

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Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Second-Year-Seminar Award

The law firm of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing gives a cash award each year to the best Environmental Law paper from the Second-Year Seminar course.

Past grantees were:

2009 - TBA
2008 - Wayne Tanaka
2007
- Cameron Black - China and Hazardous Waste
2006 - Richelle Thomson – State Tax Credits for Conservation Easements: Twelve States' Efforts to Encourage Private Land Conservation
2005 - Koalani Kaulukukui – Establishing an Environmental Court in Hawai‘i: Lessons from the Environmental Courts of the United States
2004 - Chistopher Cox
2003 - David Paulson
2002 - Jessie Schiel

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Linnel Nishioka Environmental Law Summer Fellowship

The Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) created the Linnel Nishioka Environmental Law Summer Fellowship in 2007 in memory of a prominent Honolulu attorney who served Hawai`i’s environmental bar with excellence, warmth, and dedication for many years. The Nishioka Fellowship promotes opportunities for WSRSL students to explore career options in the "in-house"/business sector of environmental law in Hawai`i.

2009 - Melissa Farris, Class of 2010, Hawaiian Electric Company


Melissa (second from left) with General Counsel at HECO

“From my very first day on the job, it was evident that my experience at HECO would be unforgettable. Within in minutes of arriving at the office, my supervisor and I set out for a field trip to a proposed substation site to scope out the area for any potential hazards. This first impression of my fellowship experience set the tone for the diverse learning opportunities I would encounter throughout the summer. In particular, the Nishioka Fellowship was foundational in illuminating the compliance sector of environmental law, highlighting the unique role of in-house corporate counsel, and developing my skills as a budding lawyer.” – Melissa Farris

2008 - Noah Gibson, Class of 2010, Hawaiian Electric Company

“This summer I worked with HECO, thanks to the Linnel Nishioka Environmental Law Summer Fellowship in memory of a prominent Honolulu attorney who served Hawai'i's environmental bar with excellence, warmth, and dedication for many years. I worked with the environmental compliance division of HECO's Legal Department, on issues such as air and water quality permits, hazardous waste regulations, habitat conservation, bio-fuels, renewable energy credits and renewable energy sources in general. It was a wonderful opportunity to work with Steve Oppenhiemer, who teaches a hazardous waste course at WSRSL, and see what he does on a daily basis. Being exposed to so many different aspects of energy production and its connection and interaction with the environment was amazing.”– Noah Gibson

2007 - Cameron Black, Class of 2008, Hawaiian Electric Company

"Working in an in-house counsel environment was a fantastic experience. Not only did I enjoy the methods of operation and nature of the work, but also the closeness among the entire staff. The camaraderie within HECO’s Legal Department made it easy to feel part of the group, something I appreciated deeply. . . .Every lawyer in the Department took time to speak with me, get to know more about me than my professional goals, and answer the many questions I had about life after school." – Cameron Black

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Elizabeth Sharpe Fish and Wildlife Law Fellowship

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, and ELP began offering this fellowship in 2009 in memory of Elizabeth Sharpe, a 2003 graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law and Environmental Law Certificate recipient. This fellowship honors her commitment to environmental protection through government service. The Sharpe Fellowship supports students seeking to explore career opportunities with the FWS in areas of particular importance to Hawai'i, including the connection between protected species and indigenous communities.

2009 - Leslie Cole-Brooks, Class of 2010, and Tiffany Chiang, Class of 2010

“The fellowship sponsored a ten-week internship with Fish and Wildlife, and I spent six weeks in Honolulu with ecological services, and then opted for a four week stay in Washington D.C. with FWS’s legislative affairs. My internship with FWS exceeded my expectations on every level, and I would highly recommend it to any student interested in pursuing environmental law. In Honolulu, I worked with the recovery team at ecological services, and saw first-hand the special difficulties that endangered species face here in Hawai'i. I reviewed and helped edit five-year reviews and recovery plans, and had the chance to accompany biologists in the field to investigate possible ESA violations. In Washington D.C., witnessed first-hand the legislative process as it relates to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and I honed my research skills by helping to update and summarize key natural resource legislation available for public use on the FWS website.” – Leslie Cole-Brooks
I would definitely encourage others to apply for this fellowship. I was able to further FWS’ mission of environmental conservation, join FWS’ extremely welcoming and encouraging ’ohana, and gain exposure to a vast spectrum of the agency’s functions, responsibilities, and internal operations. In addition to sharpening my legal research skills, I also made field visits with a FWS law enforcement officer, and was assigned to go to “the Hill” on several occasions to attend congressional hearings or internal meetings that discussed upcoming bills relevant to the Fish and Wildlife Service. It was the highlight of my summer to be exposed to, and witness the congressional and legislative process at the heart of our nation’s capitol. It is an experience that has shown me the benefits, challenges, and importance of the democratic process in developing federal laws that aim to carry out national policy while respecting state sovereignty. This fellowship has certainly been a highly influential experience, and one of my most memorable summers. – Tiffany Chiang

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Department of Land and Natural Resources Marine Law Summer Internship

Thanks to the generous support of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, and in partnership with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the Attorney General's office, ELP begain offering this summer internship in 2009 for a 1L or 2L student to work at the DLNR's Division of Aquatic Resources on coral reef enforcement issues.

2009 - Laura Chen Allen, Class of 2011

"During my time at DAR I conducted the initial legal background research on issues that effect Hawai'i’s reefs and gathered information to help guide DAR staff while proposing new rules or legislation. I researched many other jurisdictions including other states, U.S. territories, and countries, which involved telephone and e-mail correspondence with members of similar departments in many parts of the world. I also had the opportunity to utilize skills from my previous background in academic research, incorporating interviews and statistical analysis of raw biological data into legal memoranda. I felt as though I both made a meaningful contribution to coral reef protection in Hawai'i and improved my legal skills. The staff members at DAR were passionate and supportive and I hope that I will be able to continue to contribute to their work in the future.” – Laura Chen Allen

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Department of Land and Natural Resources Marine Law Fellowship

The State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Marine Law Fellowship is a one-year fellowship open to third-year students graduating and recent graduates. The DLNR Marine Law Fellowship is funded with generous support from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and NOAA/DLNR’s Fisheries Local Action Strategy (FLASH) program, administered by the Environmental Law Program (ELP)/Law School, and carried out in partnership with DLNR-Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), and the State Attorney General’s Office. Click here to view additional application materials (Due March 9, 2009).

2009 - Wayne Tanaka, Class of 2009

2008 - Kamaile Nichols, Class of 2008

2006 - Blaine Rogers, Class of 2006

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Jarman Summer Environmental Law Fellowship

This summer fellowship is available to 1Ls interested in public sector environmental law careers. The fellowship is made possible by generous ELP alumni, faculty, and friends who started growing the UHF Jarman Endowment over four years ago with the twin goals of honoring Professor Jarman, who founded ELP in 1988, and of providing new support to our students interested in public service.

This inaugural (2009) grant pays $3000 for a student to spend a 6-week summer with a government or public interest group in Hawai`i doing environmental law and policy work. Click here to view additional application materials (Due April 15, 2009).

2009 - Stewart Yerton, Class of 2011, KAHEA

“Thanks to the Environmental Law Program, I was able to spend my first summer in law school doing real, meaningful legal work -- and getting paid to do it. First, the program introduced me to a local environmental attorney through the program's Enviromentors dinner, and that led to a summer job working for the non-profit organization where my mentor is a staff attorney. Next, the program provided a fellowship that granted a stipend to support my doing public interest environmental work. As a result, I was able to delve into a number of issues, including Hawaiian monk seal protections, land-use law and Hawaiian sacred spaces, and environmental justice in Waianae. The highlight of the summer was helping to draft a memo that served as the foundation of a lawsuit seeking greater protection of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, which is the single largest conservation area under the U.S. flag and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. For students interested in environmental law, it is hard to imagine a program that offers more opportunities and hands-on support.” – Stewart Yerton

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ELP Travel Grants

ALI-ABA Annual Environmental Law Conference
With funding from alumni and other donors, the ELP sends students to Washington, D.C. to the ALI-ABA Annual Environmental Law Conference held in February of each year. This practitioners’ conference is widely attended by leading government and private environmental attorneys.

2009 - Virginia Tice, Class of 2009, was selected to attend the 39th American Legal Institute – American Bar Association Environmental Law Course of Study, cosponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and The Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC on February 4-6, 2009.

2008 - Kamaile Nichols, Class of 2008


Western Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
The Wayne C. Gagne Memorial Award provides funding for an officer of the Environmental Law Society or other ELP students to attend the Western Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (WPIELC) held each March at the University of Oregon School of Law.

2009 - Ryan Keesey and Jacquelyn Tryon Esser (Class of 2009)

2006 - Michael Dahilig, Erin Prahler, Blaine Rogers, and Koa Kaulukukui (Class of 2006)


Other Law Conferences
The Pohaku Fund of the Tides Foundation has supported ELP student travel to other cutting-edge conferences, such as the Rocky Mountain Annual Land Use Institute (RMLUI) and the “Environmental Justice Through NEPA” Conference held in Denver, Colorado, for indigenous resource managers working with the environmental impact statement process. Honu Travel Grants are also awarded by the ELP faculty to students on as-needed basis for conference travel, please see the Director of ELP for more information. Past recipients of other ELP travel grants and conferences attended include:

2008:

  • In January 2008, Matthew Shannon (Class of 2008), used an ELP travel grant to present a paper at the International Studies Association conference in San Francisco, California

2007:

  • Glenn Hiroshi Sonoda (Class of 2007) attended the RMLUI Conference in Spring 2007
  • In Spring 2007, Yoslyn Sigrah (Class of 2007) and Grant Arnold (Class of 2007) attended the Climate Justice Conference at the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law (organized by now WSRSL faculty member Assoc. Prof. Maxine Burkett)
  • In Fall 2007, Sunny Greer (Class of 2009) and Steve Tom (Class of 2008) attended the Trust Alliance Rally in Denver, Colorado
  • In September 2007, Madeline Reed (Class of 2009) attended the Hawai'i Island Food summit

2006:

  • In Spring 2006, Emma Littman (Class of 2006) and Laura Edmunds (Class of 2007) traveled to Maui with the Environmental Law Clinic (then taught by Adjunct Professor Arnold Lum) to assist clients with a trail access project

2005:

  • Jael Makagon and Jenn Benck (Class of 2006) went to the RMLUI Conference in Spring 2005
  • Iokona Baker (Class of 2006) went to the IIRM conference in Connecticut in 2005 (funded jointly by ELP and by the Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law)
  • In Fall 2005, Richelle Thomson (Class of 2007) attended the annual Land Trust Alliance Rally in Madison, Wisconsin


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