ENRE Clerkship Program

The Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy Law section of the Minnesota State Bar Association provides a grant  each year to support a law student summer clerkship in the fields of environmental or energy law with a governmental entity, non-profit organization, or law firm.

Congratulations to the ENRE 2020 Summer Clerkship Recipients!


Ian Colby
Ian Colby works for the Minnesota Land Trust this summer as one of the two recipients of the MSBA’s 2020 ENRE Summer Internship Grant.  Ian, a rising second-year law student at the University of Minnesota Law School, assists the Land Trust in protecting Minnesota’s natural lands and waters through conservation easements.  His work involves monitoring protected lands, writing baseline reports, performing legal research in conservation and tax law, and assisting staff with easement interpretations and enforcement.  Ian graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Economics and Politics. Prior to law school, Ian worked as a city planner in Longmont, Colorado for five years.  In the upcoming year, Ian will continue to pursue his interests in environmental protection and real estate law. He is a staff member of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, and Technology

Rebecca Wilton
Rebecca Wilton is a rising second-year law student at the University of Minnesota Law School and one of two recipients of a 2020 ENRE Summer Internship Grant.  At the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, she has worked on a wide range of environmental issues, including projects related to litigation issues, hazardous waste investigations, watershed levies, noxious weeds, construction debris, ditch drainage, carbon credits and other issues. She also works as a Research Assistant at the Law School for Professor Alexandra Klass, studying the transformation of the energy grid, and for Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain, studying international human rights. Rebecca is a staff member of the Minnesota Journal of International Law. Rebecca received her B.A. in Art History and Romance Language Studies from Wesleyan University. Prior to law school, she worked in contemporary art in New York.