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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Diehl Environmental Law Fellows: Applications Open

Date: January 17 Location: Erskine B. Wood Hall

Erskine B. Wood Hall

Announcement to 3L Students Graduating in May 2020
Diehl Environmental Law Fellows Program

Applications due January 17, 2020

Lewis & Clark Law School is the recipient of a bequest from John E. Diehl who was an active environmentalist in Washington. The Diehl bequest supports a fellowship program for Lewis & Clark law school graduates who are planning to work in public interest environmental law.  The bequest specified a preference for graduates who are “dedicated to resource conservation, wilderness and wildlife habitat and preservation, or human population stabilization.”  Recipients will be designated “Diehl Environmental Law Fellows.”

Up to four Diehl Fellowships of up to $40,000 each will be awarded to students graduating in May of 2020. As part of their application, students will be asked to describe their prospects for qualifying jobs upon graduation with preference given for those with strong leads or offers of post-graduate employment. It is preferable, but not required, that the post-graduate positions be at least two years, with the Diehl funding available in the second year and the employer supporting all costs in the first year. One of the four fellowships is designated for a graduate who has received an Earthrise Law Center fellowship (and will be applied in the second year of the two-year fellowship).

Application Eligibility:

Applications are available to third year law students currently enrolled at and planning to graduate from Lewis & Clark Law School in May 2020. Applicants must be committed to public interest jobs after graduation in resource conservation, wilderness and wildlife habitat and preservation, or human population stabilization. Qualifying employers include non-government organizations, nonprofit organizations, and private firms that focus on public interest environmental work similar to nonprofit organizations (e.g., citizen suits). The post-graduate employment must be full time of 35 or more hours per week. Employment with more than one qualifying employer may also count if the total hours worked is at least 35 hours per week.

Students must also be in good academic standing.  Grades may be a factor in making final decisions. 

Preference will be given to applicants who have already secured a qualifying post-graduate position or who have strong indication they will secure qualifying employment at one or more organizations.  In all cases, successful recipients must begin their employment no later than March 15 of the year following their graduation to remain eligible for the fellowship. 

The Fellowship funding will be provided upon proof of qualifying employment (letter from employer) and will be made in installments over a 12-month period. Again, preference is given to positions that are at least two years with the employer supporting all costs in the first year and the Diehl funding available in the second year, but the committee will consider one-year positions as needed.

Please contact Alexis Burchett, Program Coordinator Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law at (503) 768-6784 or for complete information and to receive a copy of the application.

Application Process and Deadlines:

By January 17, 2020, Noon - Submit application materials via a single PDF document to Diehl Environmental Law Fellows Selection Committee c/o Alexis Burchett:

By January 24, 2020 - Interviewees will be determined

January 30, 2020 - Interviews will be conducted

Successful candidates will be notified as shortly after the interviews as possible.

The selection committee will include staff and faculty of Lewis & Clark’s environmental law program.

*Early applications are welcome and encouraged.

Please note that Wyss Scholars are not eligible for the Diehl Fellowships.