Environmental Law Program

2012 Jarman Fellowship: Melissa Kolonie’s Summer with Legacy Lands

As a 1L, I was the proud recipient of the 2012 Jarman Environmental Law Fellowship! It was my interest in conservation land acquisitions that brought me to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Legacy Land Conservation Program (LLCP). The LLCP is a state-funded program that provides grants to non-profits and governmental agencies for conservation land acquisitions, including fee simple purchases and conservation easements. I worked closely with the Program Coordinator of LLCP on a project where I reviewed the structure, enabling statutes, and funding mechanisms of other conservation land acquisition grant programs around the country. While at LLCP, I was also given the opportunity to complete my pro bono requirement with the Chair’s Office of DLNR.

My entire Summer was an exciting and empowering experience. I can honestly say that I probably would not have considered working full-time at LLCP if I did not receive the Jarman Environmental Law Fellowship. I would not have been asked to conduct research for the Chair’s Office, nor would I had the honor of meeting and working with all of the wonderful people I did. I am so grateful that I was chosen as the 2012 recipient. Thank you, Jarman Environmental Law Fellowship!

The Jarman Fellowship was created by ELP alumni in 2005 to allow first-year students to gain summer job experience in the government and public interest sectors of environmental law. Donations to sustain the Jarman Fellowship are most welcome – just click on the “Donate” button on ELP’s home page or click here.

(Photo: Melissa Kolonie (’14) the “tree hugger”, 2012 Jarman Fellow)