By Nick Atterholt, Law Student, University of Cincinnati Law School
My legal internship experience with the Ohio Environmental Council allowed me to work first-hand on important environmental issues that affect my state.
The internship granted me experience in many different areas of environmental law, including public utilities regulation, hydraulic fracturing, public nuisance law, water use regulations, public advocacy, and individual client interaction.
I was given the opportunity to meet key Ohio environmentalists and politicians, including former Governor Bob Taft, and I had the opportunity to sit in on a public utility commission hearing and a Senate State and Local Government Committee hearing where one of our attorneys testified.
I know that throughout my future career as an attorney I will remember and benefit from the wide range of experiences that I gained through my internship with the OEC.
The attorneys at the OEC are all excellent lawyers and extremely friendly, and the work environment is relaxed and fun. The assignments are challenging, and require individual work and time, but the experience and knowledge gained from these assignments will be applied throughout my future career, whether as an environmental attorney or not.
There is also a great mix of casual days and formal days, either working on research and writing assignments, or attending hearings downtown and at the statehouse. This mix allowed me to really get a feel of what a public advocate for the environment really does. It is a great place to spend a semester as an intern.
I would recommend the experience to any law student interested in environmental law or advocacy.
It was a great way to see how the law works from the side of a nonprofit organization, and since the OEC represents so many of Ohio’s environmental and sportsman organizations, there is always a variety of assignments that could interest any future environmental lawyer.