Working at Lawyers for Clean Water was a great experience and wonderful opportunity to build my network of environmental attorneys in the Bay Area. Working with LCW allowed me the opportunity to conduct important research and draft documents that could be utilized in the fight for clean water access for all. The staff were so friendly, and their office doors were always open for a question. LCW is engaged in amazing advocacy and it was an incredible experience to be able to participate in a fellowship and be a part of the organization.
My 1L summer internship with Lawyers for Clean Water was an excellent introduction into the work of dedicated environmental attorneys. I was exposed to numerous litigation processes under the attentive supervision and guidance of the LCW attorneys. I gained familiarity with the key statutes used by water quality advocates, as well as experience doing vital case work-up upon which successful actions rely. It was incredibly rewarding working alongside LCW attorneys to advance the public’s interest in clean, pollution-free water. The internship increased my own commitment to environmental advocacy, and left me well positioned for future career opportunities in the field.
After my summer at LCW, I have a much better understanding of the mechanics of environmental litigation, from start to finish. Because of the small size and collaborative culture of the office, I had the opportunity to work on or observe pieces of almost every ongoing case, including: helping with initial case work-up and assessment; assisting with discovery; participating in calls with clients; observing deposition and settlement meetings; and working on motion practice. The attorneys at LCW are clearly dedicated to advancing environmental protection, and work very hard to that end, yet the office environment is still casual and fun.