Environmental Law Program

Pro Bono Opportunities

The law school is proud to have a student-initiated pro bono requirement of sixty hours for graduation.  In addition to a graduation prerequisite, pro bono work provides a fantastic opportunity to explore possible career paths, network with potential employers and colleagues, and meaningfully contribute to the community at large.  For general information on the pro bono program, visit the law school website.  To find pro bono work in the environmental law field, check the Careers Directory under “Government” and “Non-Profit Organizations,” and contact employers directly.   Also check the externship and volunteer pages.

For additional information please visit http://www.law.hawaii.edu/probono.


Legal Intern, Hawaii’s Thousand Friends, Rail Project – Spring 2012

HTF is a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the City’s proposed Rail Project, and is seeking volunteers to assist with legal research under the supervision of Visiting Assistant Professor (and HTF Board member) Carl Christensen.

Contact:
Donna Wong
Executive Director
Hawaii’s Thousand Friends
Phone/fax: 808-262-0682
Email: htf@lava.net
Website: www.hawaiis1000friends.org


Legal Intern, Hawaii’s Thousand Friends, Kyo-ya Hotel Development in Waikiki – Spring 2012

Through HTF, attorney Linda Paul is seeking assistance with legal research on an appeal before the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals brought by HTF, the Surfrider Foundation, KAHEA, Ka Iwi/Sandy Beach Coalition and individual Michelle Matson, against the Dept. of Planning and Permitting’s decision to allow a new 26-floor hotel to be built next to the Moana Hotel that encroaches 60 feet into the 100-foot shoreline setback zone mandated by the Waikiki Special District law (adopted thirty-five years ago to prevent the “walled” effect of towers along Waikiki Beach).

Contact:
Donna Wong
Executive Director
Hawaii’s Thousand Friends
Phone/fax: 808-262-0682
Email: htf@lava.net
Website: www.hawaiis1000friends.org


Legal Intern, Tom Pierce, Haleakala Trail Litigation – Spring 2012

ELP alumnus Tom Pierce ’97 is looking for a student interested in doing a couple hours of focused electronic research relating to the Haleakala Trail Litigation. For more information about this great chance to explore trail access issues in Hawaii, contact 3L Jamil Newirth, at jnewirth@gmail.com.

Contact:
Tom Pierce, Attorney at Law, A Limited Liability Law Company
PO Box 798, Makawao, HI 96768
PHONE: (808) 573-2428 FAX: (866) 776-6645
tom@mauilandlaw.com


Legislative Intern, State of Hawaii Office of Environmental Quality Control and the University of Hawaii Environmental Center – Spring 2012

The State of Hawaii Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) is working with the Environmental Center at the University of Hawaii to analyze proposed legislation and develop legislative recommendations concerning the implementation and fate of Act 87, Session Laws of 2009. Act 87 established an exemption from the environmental assessment requirements of Hawaii Revised Statutes § 343-5 for certain proposed actions that would take place within an existing public right-of-way or highway. OEQC and the Environmental Center request the assistance of a law student during the 2012 legislative session to (1) track proposed legislation that would alter the current status of the provisions of Act 87 and related aspects of § 343 and other laws; (2) research the potential legal and practical impacts of the proposed measures; (3) identify and develop legislative alternatives and counter-measures; and (4) craft testimony and alternative statutory language for submittal by OEQC and the Environmental Center.


Legislative Intern, University of Hawaii Environmental Center – Spring 2012

The University of Hawaii Environmental Center is looking for an intern to track and analyze the State Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) should be interesting, and will likely be complemented by legislative efforts to relieve PLDC of environmental compliance burdens.

The administrative record to date is available here.


Legal Intern, Senator Mike Gabbard – Spring 2012

Senator Mike Gabbard is seeking a WSRSL intern for the 2012 session as a volunteer or possibly pro bono (not an externship). Senator Gabbard is chair of the Senate Energy and Environmental Protection Committee; he is also on the Judiciary & Labor, and Transportation and International Affairs committees. See profile here.

Minimum 8 hours a week. Hours flexible.* More hours welcome. Training sessions are going on now and next week. Bill introduction starts Jan. 18 and ends Jan. 25. The legislative schedule gets steadily more intense until it peaks with conference at the end of April. Session adjourns on May 3. *ENE has hearings usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting at 2:45 p.m. – so these are the IDEAL days/time to be available and working as an intern.

Send email with resume — asap — to Senator Mike Gabbard – c/o Carlton Saito