The National Sea Grant Law Center


  • NSGLC’s 2021 Research Associate Program Application Period Now Open

  • January 22nd, 2021 — by Terra Bowling — Category: Miscellaneous

  • The National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) is pleased to announce that the application period for its 2021 summer research associate program is now open. The eight-week, full-time paid internship seeks to provide a law student with research and professional development opportunities in the field of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes law. During the internship, the research associate will function as an integral component of the Law Center’s staff, assisting with publications, preparation of memorandum of law, and other ongoing projects.

    In 2020, NSGLC selected Madeline Doten, a rising 2L at Stetson University College of Law, as its research associate. Over the course of the summer, she worked with the NSGLC on a variety of research projects and outreach. “The most valuable experience I gained during my time with the National Sea Grant Law Center was the hands-on legal research I got to conduct over the course of my internship,” Doten said. “I was able to refine my legal research and writing skills through my contributions to legal memos, blog posts, and advisory requests that involved an array of marine environmental topics such as plastics pollution, offshore aquaculture, and the Clean Water Act.”

    Doten also wrote three articles for The SandBar, the NSGLC’s quarterly newsletter. One article examined the update to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations, which were revised for the first time in forty years. Another article addressed recent Executive Actions affecting the marine environment. She also covered a U.S. Supreme Court opinion on a 2004 oil spill.

    Although Doten participated virtually in 2020, she actively contributed to the NSGLC’s work. “As an intern, you really become a part of the NSGLC team and foster great relationships over the course of the summer. I am grateful for my time with NSGLC and recommend this program to any law student looking to enhance their legal research and writing skills,” Doten said.

    If COVID-19 travel impediments are lifted, the 2021 research associate may choose to spend eight weeks of the internship at the NSGLC offices in Oxford, Mississippi. Otherwise, the intern will participate virtually. Interested applicants should submit a resume, a two to three-page writing sample, an unofficial transcript (need not be an official transcript) to Terra Bowling, NSGLC Research Counsel II, by February 15, 2021.

  • Terra Bowling
    Senior Research Counsel

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