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ENRE Section 2014 Clerkship Program – Request for Proposals 

Proposals Due: March 7, 2014 to

The Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy Law section of the Minnesota State Bar Association is seeking proposals for its 2014 Summer Clerkship Program.  The ENRE Section will provide a grant of $1,500 to $3,000 to support a law student summer clerkship in the fields of environmental or energy law with a governmental entity, non-profit organization, or law firm.  Organizations interested in hosting the 2014 clerkship should submit a proposal to by March 7, 2014.
Proposals must specify: (1) the proposed projects for the law student; (2) the anticipated time requirements; (3) any financial support the organization would provide (e.g., matching funds); and (4) the planned oversight/management of the student’s work.  The proposals should focus on projects with the opportunity to develop the student’s legal skills and knowledge of environmental or energy law.
All proposals will be reviewed by a Clerkship Committee consisting of members of the ENRE Section Council and the grant recipient will be selected by the ENRE Section Council.  After the grant recipient is identified, the Clerkship Committee will  solicit applications from law students and identify three finalists for the position.  The grant recipient will select from among the three finalists to fill the summer clerk position.
The grant will be available only for non-revenue generating projects (i.e., the student may not work with a law firm on projects for fee-paying clients).
Any questions should be directed to

David Zoll, Section Chair (2012-13); 2013 Eldon G. Kaul Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Allen Mitchell; and Eldon G. Kaul

Photo by Eldon Kaul

Eldon is the first recipient of the Section’s newly named Eldon G. Kaul Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his 35 years of service in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office. Eldon joined the AG’s office in 1970 as a staff attorney in the State Solicitor General’s office. In 1972, he became MPCA’s chief counsel. In 1976, he was promoted to Managing Attorney for the Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Division, a position he held until his retirement in 2004. Among his many career milestones, he represented MPCA in the Reserve Mining Company litigation involving the company’s taconite plant in Silver Bay, Minnesota. The Reserve Mining litigation eventually resulted in the seminal Minnesota Supreme Court opinion on judicial review of administrative decisions, Reserve Mining Co. v. Herbst, 256 N.W.2d 808 (Minn. 1977). Eldon also represented MPCA and MDNR in a series of cases involving forest management policy, which culminated in a favorable decision for the state in Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy v. Minn. Pollution Control Agency, 644 N.W.2d 457 (Minn. 2002).

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DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr was one of five speakers at the 2013 Agency Update

Photo by Eldon Kaul

2013 Agency Update speakers also included: Agriculture Commissioner David Frederickson, MPCA Commissioner John Stine, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and EQB Executive Director William Seuffert

On October 15, 2013, the section hosted a one-hour CLE program on sustainability reporting.  The goal of the CLE was to provide an overview of sustainability reporting from the perspective of two local companies, Hormel Foods and Tennant Company.  Following the CLE, the Section hosted a well-attended law student reception. 

The MSBA Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Section presented its annual Agency Update on November 6, 2013. Leonard Street & Deinard hosted the event, at which top state agency officials provided their perspectives on current and upcoming environmental, natural resource and energy issues in Minnesota. Over seventy attorneys attend to hear from … Click here for more information.

Recap of ENRE Law Student & New Lawyer Pizza Reception

Many students and lawyers attended this October 15th event, which provided Minnesota law students with an opportunity to connect with local environmental, natural resources and energy lawyers. The section extends its thanks to Dorsey & Whitney for hosting the event and to section liaison Tram Nguyen for coordinating it. As noted at the event, the ENRE Section encourages students to join us as section members, attend our upcoming CLEs, and act as contributing writers for our website. Please click here for more information.

Exchanges information and ideas among Minnesota lawyers active in environmental and natural resources practice, and educates members of the section with respect to environmental law issues.

- Last Updated 11/20/13 -

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