Mele Coleman ‘13 was awarded one of the William S. Richardson School of Law Environmental Law Program’s travel grants this summer. The travel grant helped to pay for the airfare to Arlington, Virginia, where Mele is working for ten weeks as a summer law-intern at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) National Office of Endangered Species Act Litigation (OEL).
While at OEL, Mele has been learning about ESA litigation, writing memorandums, responding to Freedom of Information Act requests, and working on several other projects relating to Endangered and Threatened Species (E&T).
Mele is working for Gina Shultz, the Chief of OEL. Ms. Shultz used to be the Deputy Field Supervisor at the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office (PIFWO), where Mele worked as a law-intern since January 2010.
At PIFWO, Mele worked with biologists to write documents relating to compliance with the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Mele was also involved in several other projects relating to E&T.
Mele highly recommends that other law students interested in environmental law and E&T consider working with USFWS.
To learn more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visit www.fws.gov or click here.
(Pictured: Mele Coleman in Washington D.C.)