State Bar of Texas Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section
Professor Corwin W. Johnson Memorial Internship

Professor Corwin W. Johnson Memorial Internship at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
The Professor Corwin W. Johnson Memorial Internship provides law students with an interest in environmental law an opportunity to work during the summer at the State environmental agency, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The program honors the late Professor Corwin W. Johnson, one of the deans of Texas water law.   Professor Johnson taught at the University of Texas Law School for nearly 60 years. He died on July 29, 2004 at the age of 86 years.

Professor Johnson played a vital role in the development of water law in Texas through publishing articles, advising Texas legislative agencies, and organizing and participating in conferences.   His last public speaking engagement, on June 15, 2004, was at the Texas Water Development Board symposium observing the 100 th anniversary of the rule of capture.   The rule of capture is the Texas common law governing the use of groundwater resources.  

Johnson was born in Hamlet, Indiana on October 5, 1917.   He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees.   He also studied at Yale Law School as a Sterling Fellow.   During World War II he served as a Special Agent of the F.B.I., engaged in counter-espionage and other law enforcement activities in field offices in Memphis, New Orleans, and San Francisco.   Professor Johnson joined the faculty of UT Law School as an assistant professor in 1947.   He retired in 1988 as the Edward Clark Centennial Professor Emeritus, but through a modified service policy, continued to teach half time for more than a dozen years.   Professor Johnson was co-author with John E. Cribbet, Roger W. Findley, and Ernest E. Smith of a leading property casebook, Property: Cases and Materials (8 th Ed., 2003).   He was co-author with John E. Cribbet of a treatise, Principles of The Law of Property (3 rd ed. 1989).



The ENRLS announced the establishment of the Corwin W. Johnson internship at its 2005 Annual meeting, and recognized Professor Johnson’s family. Front: Evelyn Johnson, Professor Johnson’s widow. Back: Professor Johnson’s son, Kirk Johnson; intern recipient Chad West, Charles Jordan, Mary Mendoza and Kent Johnson, Professor Johnson’s son.


 

 

 


Recipients of the Professor Corwin W. Johnson Memorial Internship: 

2010 - Rhonald Durham, 
University of Houston Law School
2009 - Courtney Hamilton, 
Texas Tech University School of Law
Marisa Escudero - TCEQ Intern
2008 - Marisa Escudero,
Loylola University New Orleans 
2007 - Tiffany Serbousek,
Southern Methodist University 
Dedman School of Law
2006 - Gregory Graml, 
University of Texas at Austin
2005 - Chad West,
Texas Tech University School of Law


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