Utah Law Students Take on Environmental Issues


Jul 28, 2021 | Stegner Center

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law students focused on environmental and natural resources law have proven competitive this year in landing prestigious summer placements. The College of Law and Stegner Center are proud of our students who are gaining on-the-ground experience this summer and working on a variety of important issues including wilderness protection, Indian water rights claims, and air pollution.

  • 2L Jacob Bandas is clerking at the Natural Resources Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office where he is the Dewsnup Fellow, which provides a scholarship for the second year of law school and a paid summer clerkship with the Attorney General’s Office.
  • 2L Alyssa Florack is researching the benefits of air pollution regulation with an internship at the Environmental Law & Policy Center.
  • 3L Jimmy Godin is clerking at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division.
  • 3L Hanna Larsen is protecting the desert as a law clerk with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Hanna is the recipient of the Ali Reza Khazeni Fellowship in Environmental Law, which provides an award to students who spend the summer working for a non-profit environmental organization.
  • 3L Emily McKay is assisting the Montana Water Court with the adjudication of state law-based water rights and Indian and Federal reserved water rights claims
  • Madeleine Whittier is clerking at the Natural Resources Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Madeleine is the recipient of the O’Hara Fellowship, which provides  a summer clerkship; a law school merit scholarship; and a two-year position practicing natural resources law in the Attorney General’s Office after graduation.