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Institute for Energy and the Environment Global Energy Fellowship

The Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) at Vermont Law School invites applications for a two-year Global Energy Fellowship that will become available in the summer of 2013. The fellowship combines the opportunity to obtain a Masters or LLM degree in either environmental or energy law from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation with the opportunity to gain practical energy law experience on a variety of policy coordination, research, and educational outreach projects. The fellowship includes a full tuition waiver.


Nature of the Fellowship

The fellow will work closely with the director and associate director of the IEE to help coordinate and implement the range of institute projects being carried out with JD, MELP and MERL student Research Associates. In addition to pursuing an LLM or Masters, the IEE fellow will help supervise students as they implement projects and will take the lead role in at least one major project. The fellow will also work with a second IEE fellow; the two fellows will serve in overlapping two-year terms.

Institute for Energy and the Environment

The Institute for Energy and the Environment serves as a resource on energy law and policy. The Institute distributes scholarly, technical, and practical publications; provides forums and conferences for professional education and issue development; and serves as a center for graduate research on energy issues, with an environmental awareness.

Some of the specialized previous projects include:

  • participating in the Geological Carbon Sequestration Project in connection with the Carnegie Mellon Department of Engineering and Public Policy. This project will facilitate the rapid development and adoption of a science-based regulatory environment for the deep geological sequestration of carbon dioxide that is safe, environmentally sound, affordable, internationally compatible and socially equitable.
  • multidisciplinary analysis in tracking, updating, and publishing work on state net-metering advances and distributed generation, including "Freeing the Grid" published by Network for New Energy Choices at
  • contributing a chapter in Rush to Ethanol: Not All Biofuels Are Created Equal, also published by the Network for New Energy Choices. The focus of this chapter was to highlight the interaction between the government, corn subsidies, and the ethanol industry. This connection illustrates how ethanol is not the best option for a renewable fuel alternative to gasoline. The chapter is published by Network for New Energy Choices at
  • utilizing case study research to examine: What legal, regulatory and other policy changes can best ensure that Smart Grid implementation in the US improves reliability, enhances consumer value, and meets our clean energy goals? The following entities are cooperating with the research team to document their Smart Grid implementation with a case study: Commonwealth Edison, Central Vermont Public Service Company, Pecan Street Project, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), Salt River Project and San Diego Gas and Electric. See homepage. For more information about the Institute’s projects, visit the IEE research page. For more information on Masters and LLM degree programs see

Michael Dworkin, the Institute’s director, is a leader in America’s energy and environmental sectors. He has been a utility regulator, an environmental litigator, and a successful small businessman. He received his BA degree from Middlebury College and his JD from the Harvard Law School. He clerked for the DC Court of Appeals, represented U.S. EPA in appellate litigation, and was general counsel of the Vermont Public Service Board before becoming its chairman. Professor Dworkin has served as chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment; a director of the Electricity Innovation Institute; president of New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners; on the Boards of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). He currently serves on the board of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) and Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO).

For more information about the Institute for Energy and the Environment, please visit the IEE homepage. For more information about the Institute’s projects, visit the IEE research page. For more information on Masters and LLM degree programs see

Fellowship Qualifications

Qualifications for the Institute for Energy and the Environment LLM Fellowship include:

  • admission to the LLM or Masters degree program;
  • a demonstrated commitment to energy and environmental law;
  • prior practice or other experience in energy law;
  • strong legal writing and communications skills.

How to Apply for the Fellowship

Applicants for the fellowship should submit the following:

  • current résumé
  • two letters of recommendation from previous professors or professionals, who are familiar with the candidate's work
  • a recent writing sample
  • a brief statement (not longer than one single-spaced page) explaining the candidate's interest in the fellowship
Please send application materials by June 1st to:

Jenny Thomas
Attn: IEE Fellowship
Institute for Energy and the Environment
Vermont Law School
PO Box 96
South Royalton, Vermont 05068

For more information, please email Michael Dworkin.