Clinic Highlight: Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law Clinic

The Clinical programs at the University of Wyoming College of Law are in full swing! We’d like to take a moment and introduce the Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources (“EENR”) Law Clinic.

The EENR Clinic is a cooperative venture between the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office and the Wyoming College of Law.  The Clinic was developed in 2013 and remains the only of its kind in the United States. It has had great appeal for students seeking clinical experience at the University of Wyoming College of Law. Michael Kollker, a law student enrolled in the Haube School JD/MA master’s program, said, “We are lucky to have such a strong relationship with our state officials that we get to do meaningful natural resource work before we graduate.”

At the beginning of the fall semester, the students from the EENR Clinic met with Governor Matthew Mead to kick off their clinical experience.

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EENR Clinic students with Governor Matt Mead, Attorney General Pete Michael, Special Assistant Attorney General Jay Jerde, and Assistant Professor Temple Stoellinger. 

 

Governor Mead emphasized the importance of natural resources to the state, illustrated by the percentage of Wyoming legal work involving natural resource issues. He commended the students for committing to work with the State on natural resource issues through the Clinic. Meeting Governor Mead was just the first portion of the clinic “boot-camp.” The students also met with Attorney General, Pete Michael and the Water and Natural Resource staff at the Attorney General’s Office.

The cooperation between the State and the University of Wyoming College of Law provides third year law students with the education, skills training, and real life experience necessary for a career in the areas of energy, environmental, and natural resources law.

The classroom component of the Clinic teaches students how to draft litigation documents through a series of lectures and experiential learning assignments. It also provides students with a general overview of the Wyoming laws governing the regulation of natural resources within the state.

In the clinical practice component of the Clinic, students perform real-life natural resource legal work. Students have the opportunity to research and draft actual litigation-related documents and perform other legal work for state agencies. Since the beginning of the semester, the EENR Clinic has already opened 10 new cases on behalf of the state.

This years clinic students are Tatyana Bannan, Carter Bruening, Callie Capraro, Micah Christensen, Megan Condon, Michael Kollker, and Conner Nicklas.