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Week of April 11th, 2011

Run for an ELS Board Position

Interested in getting more involved in the Environmental law society? ELS members are encouraged to run for one of the board positions (President, VP Internal, VP External, Secretary, Treasurer, Fundraising Chair, Alumni Chair, Webmaster, Advertising Coordinator, Sustainability Representative, and Interschool Liaison).  Remember that employers look for "extras" on resumes, such as membership on the board of a student organization. 

If you would like to run for a position, please submit a 1-page statement of intent indicating, in addition to your interest in the position, the following:
-The position title you are running for
-Your name, year and contact info
-Any relevant past experience
-Participation in ELS or Kent-based public interest activities

Please email your statement of intent to by 10PM on Monday, April 11.

Environmental Law Society Summer Fellowship

The Environmental Law Society's Annual Keith I. Harley, Fred P. Bosselman and A. Dan Tarlock Fellowships are awarded every year to students working in unpaid or underpaid summer positions at environmental law or public interest organizations, governmental bodies or firms.  The purpose of the Fellowships is to give monetary support to students interested in pursuing practical experience in environmental law. 

The Eligibility for an ELS Fellowship requires that:

1.    applicants must be currently enrolled in the Chicago-Kent College of Law;

2.    by April 30, 2011, applicants must have acquired a summer position working at an environmental law public interest organization or governmental body;

3.    applicants must have volunteered for/participated in ELS activities in the amount of at least 4 hours in the spring of 2011, or at least 8 hours over the 2010/2011 academic year; and

4.    applicants must fully complete the application and a short personal statement and submit them no later than
5:00 pm on Monday, April 18, 2011, to Shannon Beebe ( by e-mail only. 

Interested applicants can get the application online at

Mark Your Calendars for Earth Week!

The Environmental Law Society will be holding events for Earth Week in mid-April.

Monday, April 18th: ELS will be hosting a bake sale, sign-up sheets are now posted on TWEN soon.

Tuesday, April 19th in room 590:
There will be an Environemntal Law Society Alumni Panel.

Panelist include:
-Carrie Zalewski: Board Member, Illinois Pollution Control Board
-Raghav Murali: Chief of Legislative Affairs, Illinois   Environmental Protection Agency
-Kendra Fogarty: Environment and Economic Affairs Officer, Canadian Consulate
-Katy Lemanski: Assistant Counsel, United States Navy

A networking session with food and drinks will follow the panel.
This is an excellent opportunity to hear about various career paths in environmental law!

Questions? Email Jen at jbaader@kentlaw.ed

Wednesday, April 20th in Room C50: ELS and SALDF will be showing the enviro-related movie Food Inc at 7:00 PM. Candy will be provided.

Thursday, April 21st:
ELS will be hosting a raffle with some very exciting prizes.

Friday, April 22nd: EARTH DAY!

For information email

Beach Clean-up on Saturday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM

Saturday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM: ELS will conduct a Beach Clean-Up to help clean the 67th Beach.  If your interested in a day of fun and want to help volunteer, contact Free doughnuts will be provided!

GM Crops and Federal Regulation: Presentation by Biotech Expert Gregory Jaffe, April 11, 4PM, Kent Auditorium/Lobby:

Along with Net Impact, SALDF and IPLS, the ELS presents Greg Jaffe, an attorney at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in DC.  Mr. Jaffe will present the pros and cons of genetically modified crops - both plant and animal - and how well federal regulations are protecting the public interest.  A late lunch will be served.

Friends of the Forest Preserves Water Policy Internship

The Friend of the Forest Preserves is looking for a policy intern this summer. The intern will be working for Friends of the Forest Preserve to advocate through community organizing and education for the adoption of a Stormwater Management Policy for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, which is currently being considered by the forest preserve board of commissioners.  The Forest Preserves of Cook County make up 11% of Cook County land with many of the preserves buffering the region's river corridors, yet these same preserves receive between 50% and 80% of the County's stormwater.  This has a negative impact on water quality and also stresses high quality natural areas in the forest preserves including habitat for 173 threatened and endangered species.  The intern would also work on site specific stormwater challenges by conducting research, working to find alternative solutions, and educating the public and local officials. Finally, the intern would serve as Friends' liaison at watershed partnership meetings.  The intern will also work on developing information and messaging, themes and images to use in communications, along with creating and giving presentations to local groups.

Internship Dates:  12 weeks (May 23-Augut 12, 2011, some flexibility with dates); 32 hours per week. Benefits include $160 per week stipend plus a travel award to be announced later. Applications are due by Monday, April 18.

To apply submit a cover letter and resume to:

Alice Brandon, Conservation Director
Friends of the Forest Preserves
28 E. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 1102
Chicago, IL 60604-2330
(312) 356-9990

Openlands Internship and Externship

Openlands is seeking externs and interns for Summer 2011 to work on a broad scope of environmental law and policy issues in our region, ranging from protecting our natural areas and preserving our water resources to potentially helping to establish a national wildlife refuge for future generations.

Applicants should have a strong academic record in environmental law and policy, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to public interest and environmental advocacy.  Openlands is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff. 

Interested law and policy students should send a cover letter and resume via email to Stacy Meyers at:  For inquiries, please call: 312-863-6265

Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

Interested in participating in UIC's Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy? The Summer Institute is an interdisciplinary program that will occur from August 7-15.  It addresses issues that concern students across the curriculum: policy, economics, health, science, engineering, environment, urban planning, business, entrepreneurship, etc.  Admission to the Summer Institute is highly competitive, with only fifty students being invited to participate.

Admission into the program will be highly competitive with an enrollment cap of only fifty.  Participants will be primarily graduate students, but senior-level undergraduates and postdoctoral fellows will also be accepted. Applications will be accepted no later than May 1st, 2011.

To apply and for more information, visit


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