2016 Joseph & Colleen Ronan Summer Fellowship Information

The 2016 Fellowship Program application process is NOW CLOSED.

Overview and Selection Criteria

One Denver Law JD student will be selected, through a competitive process, to work in the legal department of a corporation. The Ronan Fellow will be expected to work for an eight week period (30 hours per week maximum) during summer 2016. The Fellow will receive an hourly rate of $24.00 per hour with a maximum payment not to exceed $5,760 from the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program. No academic credit will be offered for the Fellowship. There is one opportunity available this year for current 2L/3LE students. Applicants are not required to be enrolled in the Environmental & Natural Resources Law JD Certificate Program, but candidates must be JD students. Students must have a strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in environmental and/or natural resources law practice.

The 2016 host site is RES Americas. RES Americas is one of the top renewable energy companies in North America. The RES Group of companies has constructed over 160 renewable energy projects with a total capacity of more than 9,000 megawatts (MW) around the world. RES Americas has been active in North America since 1997, and has a renewable energy and storage construction portfolio that exceeds 7,500 MW and over 80 projects, as well as 600 miles of overhead and transmission lines. In addition, RES Americas has a robust development pipeline of wind and solar projects across North America, and the company currently operates more than 250 MW of renewable energy and storage projects.

RES Americas developed and constructed its first project, the 60 MW Cameron Ridge wind farm in Tehachapi, California in 1999. In 2001, the company co-developed and constructed the 278 MW King Mountain Wind Ranch in Texas, the largest wind project in the world at the time. In 2006, RES Americas financed and completed construction of its first ownership asset in the U.S., the 60 MW Whirlwind Energy Center in Texas. In 2008, the company completed its second owned project in Texas, the 166 MW Hackberry Wind Farm.

Fellowship Job Description

Generally, the Fellowship is intended to expose students to the culture of an in-house legal department and to enable the Fellow to better understand the unique needs and circumstances of corporate clients. As part of the Fellowship, the corporation will, as best it can, integrate the Fellows into all aspects of the legal department. This will include an appropriate cross section of work assignments and, where appropriate, participation in departmental meetings and activities. The corporation will appoint a supervisory attorney to the Fellow, who will be responsible for coordinating assignments and ensuring adequate feedback.

Application Process

DOWNLOAD THE 2016 RONAN FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION FORM: 2016FellowshipApplication_Ronan.pdf

Application packets WERE DUE on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications must be 100% complete and e-mailed to Randy Wagner at Hard copy, incomplete, partial and/or late applications will not be accepted. The Fellowship opportunity is only open to JD students. Application packets must be received electronically in one (1) PDF document. The final PDF file name must be titled: Your Last Name_Your First Name_Ronan_Fellowship_2016

The following items MUST be included in your electronic application packet and should be in the following order:
1.) Cover Letter (Must be addressed to “Professor Fred Cheever”; please use this letter to tell the faculty selection committee why you should be chosen for a Fellowship interview with the host site.)
2.) Completed Application Form (see above form to download)
3.) CV/Resume
4.) Unofficial Law School Transcript

Selection, Interview and Notification Process

Completed applications will be sent to Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program faculty to review; a short list of the top candidates will then be sent to the individual corporation for in-person interview selection. In-person interviews with the host company will happen in late February/early March and all applicants will be notified by mid-March of their status.


Please contact Randy Wagner at, 303-871-6761 or in room 478 with any questions regarding the application process. Note that Mr. Wagner is not involved in the actual selection or interview process. The Career Development Office is an excellent resource for assistance in drafting cover letters and resumes.

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