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Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Clinic

Legal Clinics

Faculty Supervisors: Jay Jerde, Temple Stoellinger

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The Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law Clinic is a two semester class that will be jointly managed and taught by professors from the College of Law and attorneys from the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. The Clinic has a hybrid structure consisting of a classroom component and a clinical practice component.

During the Fall semester, the classroom component of the Clinic will provide you with a practitioner’s view of key aspects of federal court litigation practice in cases involving natural resources issues.The classroom component of the Clinic consists of classroom instruction, experiential learning, skills development, a case study, and a guest lecture.The clinical practice component of the Clinic will provide you with the opportunity to work with attorneys from the Water and Natural Resources Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office on cases involving the State, State agencies, or State officials.

Mission and Goals

Through the Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law Clinic the College of Law and the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office will work together to provide third year law students with the education, skills training, and real life legal practice experience necessary to prepare them to practice in the areas of energy, environmental, and natural resources law.

Goals

The classroom component and the clinical practice component of the Clinic are designed to achieve the following goals:

Educational

1. To provide students with a basic understanding of how to litigate an administrative record review case in federal court and a contested case before a state administrative tribunal in Wyoming.

2. To provide students with an overview of the Wyoming statutes and administrative rules governing the regulation of energy development, environmental protection, and natural resources management in Wyoming.

3. To provide a “learn by doing” environment based on simulated exercises, skills development projects, and the actual practice of law so that students may develop useful lawyering skills.

4. To provide students with insights into the practical realities of having a law practice that focuses on energy, environmental, or natural resources issues.

Professional

1. To teach students about the ethical responsibilities associated with the representation of a client in a real life legal matter.

2. To provide students with the opportunity to communicate and interact in a professional setting with opposing counsel, co-counsel, legal assistants, clients, and public officials.

3. To provide students with the opportunity to develop the attributes of personal responsibility and self-reliance by actually practicing law.

4. To provide a work environment in which students will have the opportunity to transition from an academic performance mentality (where a high letter grade on an assignment or in a class provides an incentive to perform quality work) to a professional practice mentality (where the desire to provide ethical and professional legal representation to the client and to enhance an attorney’s professional reputation provide the incentive to perform high quality work).


Skills Development

1. To provide students with the opportunity to develop legal drafting and writing skills by drafting litigation-related documents such as pleadings, motions, and discovery requests and by writing briefs and legal memoranda.

2. To provide students with the opportunity to hone legal research skills by conducting computer-assisted and hard copy research on energy, environmental, or natural resources issues.

3. To provide students with the opportunity to practice oral advocacy skills by presenting oral argument in a courtroom setting and by making oral presentations in class.

4. To provide students with the opportunity to develop office and time management skills such as timekeeping, file management, and calendaring of meetings and case or project deadlines.

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