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Students interested in legal placements should contact Elizabeth Walsh, Assistant Dean for Student Services, for more information.

FOCUS St. Louis

The organization's mission is to create a cooperative, thriving region by engaging citizens in active leadership roles to influence positive community change. The organization also functions as the region's citizen's league. FOCUS develops leaders by providing cutting-edge program opportunities; engages citizens to examine and address critical issues which shape the region and its future; and influences community policy by promoting region-wide dialogue and problem-solving, facilitating collaborative initiatives, and informing policy-makers. Good government, racial equality and social justice, quality educational opportunities, and sustainable infrastructure are the group's highest priorities.

  • Opportunities: Legal intern positions are available to work on the Environmental Justice Project, which is an EPA contract. Issues to be addressed include hazardous household waste and smart growth (e.g., real estate, land use). Interns will have the opportunity to research; draft model codes, position papers and briefs; do advocacy; and assess public policy. Will provide good experience in educating the government and interacting with agencies.
  • Qualifications/Requirements: 2nd or 3rd year student, resume, interview, training; 15 hours per week but can be done any days and some evenings, work need not be done on site

Great Rivers Environmental Law Center

The firm's practice focuses on environmental litigation and consultation. The litigation practice includes the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, solid waste, hazardous waste, Superfund, underground storage tanks, RCRA, NEPA, and wetlands regulation. The firm's consultation practice includes environmental permitting, environmental compliance and environmental contamination. 

  • Opportunities: Legal and factual research opportunities on environmental cases
  • Qualifications/Requirements: 2Ls and 3Ls, interview; flexible hours

Missouri Coalition for the Environment

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment works to preserve, protect and enhance an environment that is livable, healthful and sustainable through a comprehensive program of education, citizen action and legal defense. It is a citizen watchdog organization that promotes public information and education on environmental issues that directly affect the entire state of Missouri, and lobbies for better laws. The coalition addresses a wide range of issues, including clean air and water, safe and renewable energy options, efficient alternative transportation, protection of public lands, cleanup of toxic and radioactive wastes, adequate parks, preservation of wildlife habitats, and solid waste management.

  • Opportunities: a variety of volunteer opportunities exist including: working on teams that address specific issues such as clean air and recycling and smart growth, serve on the legislative or media teams, teach, provide office assistance, help plan and coordinate events, do fundraising and membership development, assist with legal work on issues

Community Service Opportunities

Forest Releaf

Dedicated to urban and community reforestation projects. Works with public forestry systems, cities, schools, churches, individuals and other organizations to promote reforestation projects (i.e., tree planting and maintenance).

  • Opportunities: Volunteers are needed on 15-acre nursery to take care of seedlings and trees (pruning, mulching, and fertilizing). In April need volunteers to help plant 5,000-7,500 seedlings. Volunteers are also needed for general clerical work.
  • Qualifications/Requirements: must be able to do light lifting and should enjoy doing outdoor work; can work any time between 8:00 am-noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • Contact Information: Michelle Johnson or Scott Wagner, 4207 Lindell, Suite 120, St. Louis MO 63108, 533-5323, fax 533-0016, moreleaf@anet-stl.com
  • Directions: Take the Medical School Shuttle to the Forest Park Metrolink Station. Take the Metrolink west to the North Hanley stop. Walk up stairs that are on your right to North Hanley. Turn right on North Hanley and walk over the highway. Keep walking on North Hanley for about 10-15 minutes. Turn left on Springdale. Walk down Springdale. The nursery is around the bend. There is a gray shed. This might be a good location to take your bike on the Metrolink if you don't want to walk for 15 minutes.

The Nature Conservancy

The group's mission is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

  • Opportunities: clerical assistance, photography, special events, building and maintenance, trail building and maintenance, seed collection, plant monitoring, etc. (depending on skills)
  • Qualifications/Requirements: various time commitments available (as needed, bimonthly, weekly, monthly); please call for more information
  • Contact:  Volunteer Coordinator, 2800 S. Brentwood, St. Louis 63144, 968-1105, fax 968-3659

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