The Environmental Law Program offers students an extensive network of opportunities. Prospective students can visit ELP courses and attend program events throughout the year. Current students can receive a variety of awards and grants, participate in the Environmental Law Society, plug into community outreach activities, join the program’s two moot court teams, and travel with ELP’s support to local and national conferences.
Our ELP students have been extremely busy. Keep reading to see some of the amazing experiences that ELP students have participated in and even some that they have created for themselves.
ELP encourages students not only to participate in the opportunities that the program has long been involved with, but also encourages students to think outside of the box: if there is an opportunity that is not listed here, do not feel that it is not available to you. You can go after it, and ELP will do everything that we can to help you.
ELP alumnus Doug Codiga ’94 traveled to Japan to teach a course entitled “Climate Change and Clean Energy Law and Policy in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific Region” at Shinshu University. In his travels, Doug also gave presentations in Singapore and Shanghai and reports on the growing interest in climate change and clean energy law. Click here to learn more about Doug’s travels.
This summer, Andrew Porter ’12 interned at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the Office of External Affairs. Most of his work revolved around the development of the National Ocean Policy. He also worked on projects for NOAA’s General Council on administrative law topics and National Monument designations under the Antiquities Act.
Sasha Hamada ’13, this summer’s Department of Land and Natural Resources Marine Law Intern, assisted ELP Alumnus Wayne Tanaka ’09 on drafting administrative rules and working with the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement on enforcement issues. She was fortunate to hike the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve on Maui, which is closed to the public with the Army Corps of Engineers for a site assessment.
The DLNR Marine Law Fellowship and Internship arise from a partnership started in 2006 among ELP, DLNR, and the Attorney General’s office through funding provided by the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Local Action Strategies program administered by DLNR. Click here to find out more!
ELP alumni created the Jarman Fellowship 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 here.
This summer, Lena Mobin ’12, worked at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Environmental Law Center (ELC) in Bonn, Germany. Lena spent the summer drafting and researching a policy paper on the governance of marine protected areas beyond national jurisdiction, which is currently being addressed at the international level. Lena also attended several United Nations climate change conferences and had the opportunity to work with many international environmental law attorneys and legal interns from around the world. Click here to learn more about Lena’s summer experience.
Kaleo, along with undergraduate UH Hilo PIPES intern Isaiah Sato, created a PowerPoint presentation to promote educational and community outreach entitled “Kalamakūokeauhou.” Kalamakūokeauhou means “the light that marks the dawn of new era” symbolizing how a new lighting ordinance and program in Hawai’i could signify a positive change for Hawai’i and its protected species.
Ultimately, this fellowship along with future summer fellowships will culminate with drafting new Hawai‘i lighting ordinances to be used to propose a new lighting bill in upcoming Legislative sessions and garner enough support to enact the proposed bill into law. To find out more, click here.
Mele learned about ESA litigation, wrote memorandums, responding to Freedom of Information Act requests, and worked on several other projects relating to Endangered and Threatened Species (E&T). Mele worked for Gina Shultz, the Chief of OEL and former Deputy Field Supervisor at the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office (PIFWO), where Mele has also worked.
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. Click here to find out more.
Virginia Tice ’09 has been promoted to General Counsel of Nature Iraq, the first and only environmental organization in Iraq. Congratulations Virginia!
Virginia also spoke at a conference in Iraq on environmental law. The Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) sponsored the conference, titled First Iraqi-German Universities’ Network Conference Symposium on Resource Management in the Development of Iraq, which took place at Salahaddin University, Erbil’s Cultural Centre from November 29 – December 1, 2010.
At the conference, Tice addressed the management of Geo Resources. Specifically, Tice focused on The Environmental Laws of Iraq: International Obligations and Domestic Legislation.
“Earthjustice provides an unparalleled summer experience for students interested in protecting Hawai‘i’s natural resources and environment. As a law office devoted exclusively to public interest environmental litigation, summer law clerks are exposed to a wide range of state and federal laws that relate to environmental issues at the forefront of local concern. Summer work also covers a wide range of tasks, from drafting court documents for established cases to assisting in case investigations for cases that have yet to be developed. Although work takes place in a casual office environment, Earthjustice litigates cases that improve the way that individuals, entities, and even laws, function in our islands.”
After students graduate and become alumni, they stay connected to ELP by mentoring students, volunteering to judge moot court teams, donating to ELP, providing students externship, pro bono, and internship experiences, and by providing post-graduation employment opportunities.