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Class Year: 2012
Position: 2011-2012 Law Clerk
Employer: Nebraska Appleseed
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
"Attending UNL Law and working with Nebraska Appleseed have prepared me in different ways for a career in public interest law. I'm extremely grateful for the courses I've taken while at UNL, many of which (like Admin Law) cover subjects that appear in every court and case imaginable. Additionally, while working with the Nebraska Fund for Clerkships in the Public Interest, I was encouraged by the desire I saw in interns and employers to do work that benefits the community. As for my time with Nebraska Appleseed, they helped me hone my research and writing skills and showed me that I enjoy the contemplation that goes into policy questions. Spending time with attorneys that are dedicated to the public interest and who appreciate your help and input is everything I could have asked for. Taken together, my experiences at UNL and Nebraska Appleseed have increased my dedication to public interest and made me hopeful that there is good work out there to do."
Class Year: 2013
Position: 2011 Judicial Extern
Employer: US District Court of Puerto Rico
Location: Puerto Rico
"During the summer of 2011, I had the opportunity to work as a judicial extern for the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. The experience was extremely valuable. At the court, I had the opportunity to draft opinions and orders on a broad range of procedural and substantive issues, including but not limited to: removal/remand; sufficiency of pleadings under Iqbal/Twombly standards; discovery issues regarding several motions to compel and motions seeking protective orders; and a summary judgment motion regarding Title VII gender discrimination. Nothing prepared me more than Civil Procedure, thanks to Professor Kirst! The experience I gained as a federal judicial extern is so broadly-applicable that, going forward, I feel prepared to enter any practice area."
Heather McDonaldClass Year: 2013
Position: 2011 Environmental/Legal Intern
Employer: US Coast Guard - Office of Environmental Management
Location: Washington, DC
"This past summer I worked for the United States Coast Guard in the Office of Environmental Management in Washington DC. The Office of Environmental Management is responsible for enforcing the laws and regulations that protect the United States’ marine environment, responding to vessel pollution, and restoring waterways following disasters. As an environmental/legal intern in this office, I collaborated with other offices on issue analysis and interpretation of environmental regulations. I worked extensively with the Endangered Species Act and helped develop an ESA training program to educate those working on units in the field. I also assisted in drafting Commandant Instructions and other Coast Guard policies for application to units in the field. Although it was not a traditional legal internship, it was an amazing experience and I learned so much about the application of environmental law in a government organization."