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ELS Summer Fellowships
Each year, ELS raises money to offer three summer fellowships named in honor of Keith I. Harley, A. Dan Tarlock and Fred P. Bosselman, the directors of the PEEL program. The fellowships are intended to assist deserving students who have secured 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 exact fellowship award amounts vary each year and will be determined based on the amount of money ELS raises during the academic school year. In the past, the fellowships have reached amounts of $750 each. To be eligible, students must be dues-paying ELS members and must spend a minimum of 8 volunteer hours working with ELS over the course of the academic year (or 4 hours for the 2011 semester).

To apply, please download and fill out the 2011 Fellowship Application Form. Applications are due Monday, April 18, 2011 by 5:00PM and must be submitted by email to Shannon Beebe at shannonLbeebe@gmail.com.

ELS Mentor Program
ELS offers 2L and 3L mentors to our 1L members. Mentors are great resources! Use yours to help you plan your class schedule, review your resume and cover letters, advise you about externships or opportunities at Kent, or answer any general questions you might have. Sign up to be a mentor or mentee by emailing President Shannon Beebe at sbeebe@kentlaw.edu. You can also go to TWEN on Westlaw, join the "Environmental Law Society" group, and check out the Mentor Program sign-up sheet.

ELS Outline Bank
ELS members have access to an outline bank, which includes outlines for courses needed to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate Program in Environmental and Energy Law, as well as other general courses. Click here to access the outline bank.

ELS Membership
Dues for the 2010-2011 year are $10 per member. With your paid membership, you will get the following benefits:

  • The ability to list ELS membership on your resume
  • An ELS Student Mentor to help provide guidance and advice as you develop your legal career plan
  • Eligibility to apply for the Tarlock, Bosselman, and Harley Fellowships for next summer
  • Access to the ELS outline bank, which includes outlines from environmental law and other courses
  • And more...the benefits list is always growing and improving!
To join, please download and fill out the 2011 Membership Application and place it, along with the dues, in the ELS mailbox (Box #168) on the 2nd floor or hand it to Treasurer Kathryn Wheeler or Secretary Ashley Brody. If you have any questions, contact Kathryn Wheeler at kwheeler@kentlaw.edu.

Useful Links
The Program in Environmental and Energy Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
The Chicago-Kent College of Law Journal of Environmental and Energy Law.

Environmental Law Blogs
You can follow current environmental news on a blog by Dave Scriven-Young at http://illinoisenvironmentallaw.blogspot.com and a blog by Professor Noah Hall, a Clean Water Act expert at Wayne State University, at http://www.greatlakeslaw.org/blog/.