State Bar of Texas Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section
Law School Internship Program

2018 Summer Law Clerk / Internship Program for Law Students


The State Bar of Texas, Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section is sponsoring seven summer internships for students currently in their second year of law school with each of the following: (i) the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, (ii) the Office of the Attorney General (Environmental Protection and Administrative Law Division), (iii) the Railroad Commission of Texas, (iv) the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, (v) the Texas General Land Office, (vi) the Texas Water Development Board, and (vii) the Harris County District Attorney’s Office (Environmental Crimes Division).
Please complete and return ENRLS Internship Application by the November 30, 2017To be eligible for selection for one of the internships, students must submit all of the following:
  1. the completed application form
  2. (2) an unofficial copy of the student’s most current transcript, and
  3. (3) the student’s updated resume.
All three of the above-mentioned documents are required to be submitted for an applicant to be considered.
Applications should be submitted by email to
NOVEMBER 30, 2017 is the deadline for applications to be received for consideration.
Please complete and return ENRLS Internship Application by the November 30, 2017.
Questions? Contact Kristen Fancher :

Office of the Attorney General – Natural Resources Division 

Jeff Kirk
University of Houston Law Center

Jeff is a 3L at the University of Houston Law Center. He has a BA in Government from the University of Virginia, and returned to law school for the specific purpose of pursuing a career in environmental law. At UHLC he re-launched the law school’s dormant Law Student Division of the Texas Bar, which he presently runs, and was named Chief Articles Editor of the Texas Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law, published quarterly by the State Bar of Texas. Prior to his ENRLS intern position at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, Jeff interned for the Travis County District Attorney’s Office as well as the Honorable George Hanks, a federal judge at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. His particular interests within the environmental-law sector include water law, environmental remediation, and land use.

Railroad Commission 

Shanisha Smith
University of Houston Law Center

Shanisha Yvette Smith grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and graduated from Lincoln University, a small liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. During her J.D., she was an Associate Editor on the Thurgood Marshall Law Review and on the international moot court team. Shanisha has spent a substantial amount of time on the judiciary, as she has had the opportunity to intern for a Texas state civil court judge, a federal district court judge, and a federal appellate circuit judge Shanisha is currently is taking a LL.M. in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law at the University of Houston Law Center.Also, she is the recipient of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators Scholarship.Shanisha will receive her LL.M degree in December 2014.

Professor Corwin W. Johnson Memorial Internship at the Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality

Anna Phillips
University of Houston Law Center

Anna Phillips grew up in Sugar Land, Texas. She attended the University of Houston where she received her B.S. in Political Science. Anna is a member of the UHLC moot court team and will graduate from the University of Houston with her law degree in May 2015. She enjoys spending her free time running, hiking, backpacking and skiing whenever she gets the chance.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 

Candace Headen
George Washington University

Candace obtained an Honors B.A. in Political Science and a concentration in Environmental Studies from Villanova University in 2010. She graduated from the College of William & Mary School of Law with a J.D. in 2013. There, Candace was an Assistant Articles Editor and Notes Editor for the William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review. She is currently enrolled in a joint degree program at George Washington University, pursuing an LL.M. in Environmental Law and an M.P.H. in Environmental Health and Safety. Candace is a recipient of the Randolph C. Shaw Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Law, and plans to graduate in May 2015.

General Land Office 

Katelyn Blackburn-Rader
Texas Tech University Law School

Katelyn graduated from Texas State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Public Administration degree and a minor in Political Communication. After attending Syracuse University for her first year of law school she transferred to Texas Tech University's School of Law where she is simultaneously earning her Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University's Rawl's College of Business. While at Texas Tech University she has served as a member of the school's national ABA negotiation team and as a trainedmediator in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic. She plans to graduate in May 2014 after having taken the February bar exam.

Harris County District Attorney's Office - Environmental Crimes Division

Joe Crawford
University of Houston Law Center

Joe Crawford is a third-year law student at the University of Houston studying water and environmental law. He is originally from Austin and earned his BA at the University of Texas. He is currently a Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Scholar and a member of the University of Houston Moot Court team.
Law School Internship Program

Past Internship Recipients

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