For NC Dept. of Natural Resources
DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION: The department provides both regulatory and programmatic leadership, education, advocacy and environmental enforcement for the responsible stewardship of North Carolina's environment and natural resources.
DESCRIPTION OF STUDENT WORK/PROJECTS: Students will address a wide array of legal issues raised by divisions within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and resulting from pending litigation and recent judgments. For example, students may be involved in legal issues concerning coastal development and wetland mitigation, cities' and counties' authority re: environmental resources, storm water discharge plans, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, environmental enforcement in the criminal context, bankruptcy, and general property law. Students will also have an opportunity to assist the Department in forming and implementing environmental policy throughout the state. For example, students will address legal issues that arise from potential legislation or research and assess environmental policies implemented in other states. If interested, students may have the opportunity to attend Legislative committee meetings and hearings, oral arguments before the North Carolina Court of Appeals or Supreme Court, and meetings with various lobbyists.
COURSE OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES FOR STUDENT: Students who have taken environmental law courses and who are interested in environmental issues.