With the assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office in the Research Triangle Park, Justin Anderson, Class of 2011, secured a summer law clerk position with the EPA’s Office of Civil Rights, Title VI Team in Washington, D.C.
Although Anderson decided to develop a focus in environmental law, he did not have a thorough knowledge of the work environment or the responsibilities of environmental law attorneys. Given the opportunity to clerk at the EPA, he has gained greater insight about environmental law and the attorneys who are passionate about and devoted to environmental law.
The law clerk position gave Anderson opportunities, such as researching and responding to a recent complaint, participating in policy discussions with General Counsel, processing a Freedom of Information Act request, and attending national enforcement training classes focused on administrative litigation. He was also one of five EPA Fellows selected to take a summer session course at Vermont Law School (VLS), the premier law school for environmental law in the country.
It was a great experience to take a class in Agriculture Policy and learn about obstacles of our current farming culture. Additionally, it was an eye-opening and rewarding experience to live in Vermont for two weeks and hike, swim, and cook with many VLS students. My experience has exposed me to the many dimensions and potential careers in environmental law, including agriculture, civil rights, energy, water, air, land use, criminal and civil enforcement, and corporate compliance. I am fortunate to have had this experience, and to be constantly challenged at North Carolina Central University School of Law as I pursue my professional goals. NCCU’s deep roots surrounding public interest law have prepared me to practice law in my area of interest and I am grateful to the Law School for its efforts to expand the environmental law curriculum for future generations. – Justin Anderson