Environmental and Land Use Law Program names fellows
By Heather Judd
Special to FlaLaw
The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Environmental and Land Use Law Program is proud to announce its 2011 J.D. Conservation Law Fellows and its Minority Fellowship recipient. From a strong applicant pool, Jenn Allen and Antoinette Vanterpool were selected as this year’s Conservation Law Fellows.
The Conservation Law Fellowship consists of a $2,500 grant for work in a summer placement focusing on environmental and land use projects of relevance to the Conservation Clinic. Candidates must demonstrate exceptional commitment to and achievement in environmental and land use law through both academic accomplishment and leadership in student or civic activities related to environmental or land use law.
This year’s Environmental and Land Use Law J.D. Minority Fellow is Danisa Gonzalez. Gonzalez will receive a $2,000 grant toward completion of her externship working with the Conservation Clinic in Costa Rica this summer.
Gonzalez’s summer placement and project also involves traveling to Costa Rica where she will extern with the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights, which provides support to the International Court for Human Rights located in Costa Rica.
Jenn Allen (2L) plans to use her fellowship grant to participate in the Costa Rica summer study abroad program. She intends to work closely with the Center for Environmental and Natural Resource (CEDARENA). This project will likely involve development of strategies for small-scale community associates that administer rural water to secure protection of their water sources. Allen has had other study abroad experiences, which have enriched her experience including traveling to South Africa and Tanzania during her law school career.
Allen is a dual-degree student in UF’s Masters in Sustainable Development Practice (MDP) program and hopes to combine her training in law and development policy to “discover ways and means for developing countries to protect their fragile environmental resources while addressing the needs of their populations.” After law school, she would like to build a career centered on her interests in human rights, the environment and development to help communities protect their citizens’ rights.
Antoinette Vanterpool (2L) will use her fellowship grant toward her internship with the Jamaica Environment Trust, where she will advocate for communities facing environmental issues, and assist with the Trust’s general projects whose goals consist of the protection of Jamaica’s unique and valuable natural resources.
As a native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Vanterpool has a continuing interest in Caribbean and international environmental policy. Her specific interests include natural resource conservation and management and sustainable energy issues. She would like to pursue a career after law school involving “work on public policy issues dealing with natural resource law as well as international and Caribbean environmental policy.”