2014 Joseph & Colleen Ronan Summer Fellowship Information

The 2014 Fellowship Program application process is closed. Please check back in late 2014/early 2015 for information about the 2015 Program. Thank you.

Overview and Selection Criteria

Two Denver Law JD students will be selected, through a competitive process, to work in the legal departments of two corporations. The Ronan Fellows will be expected to work for an eight week period (30 hours per week maximum) during summer 2014. The Fellows 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 Fellowships.

There are two opportunities 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 2014 host sites are Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and RES Americas.

Fellowship Job Descriptions

Generally, both Fellowships are intended to expose students to the culture of an in-house legal department and to enable the Fellows to better understand the unique needs and circumstances of corporate clients. As part of the Fellowships, 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. Each corporation will appoint a supervisory attorney to the Fellow, who will be responsible for coordinating assignments and ensuring adequate feedback.

With Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, the Fellow will work with the legal department and internal clients, as appropriate, on a variety of oil and gas exploration, production, midstream and environmental matters. The Fellow will be introduced to the business and practices of the oil and gas industry as well as the legal and regulatory environment in which it operates. The position will also include the opportunity to work with the company’s Government and Public Affairs group on oil and gas development issues that, in Colorado, are at the very leading edge of national debate.

The position with RES Americas will work with various members of the legal department. In particular, the Fellow will gain exposure to issues relating renewable energy with emphasis on construction agreements, real estate agreements and other related activities occurring throughout RES Americas’ operations. In addition, the Fellow will interact with outside counsel, as well as members of RES Americas’ management, and a variety of local, national and international legal counsel that work with the company.

Application Process


Application packets are due by/on Friday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m.

They must be 100% complete and e-mailed to Stefanie Carroll at scarroll@law.du.edu. Hard copy, incomplete, partial and/or late applications will not be accepted. The Fellowship opportunities are only open to JD students. Application packets must be received electronically in one (1) PDF document. All applicants will automatically be in the running for both opportunities. The final PDF file name must be titled: Your Last Name_Your First Name_Ronan_Fellowship_2014

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 Don C. Smith”; please use this letter to tell the faculty selection committee why you should be chosen for a Fellowship.)
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 each individual corporation for in-person interview selection. In-person interviews with host companies will happen in April and all applicants will be notified by late April/early May of their status.


Please contact Stefanie Carroll at scarroll@law.du.edu, 303-871-6076 or in room 465B with any questions regarding the application process. Note that Ms. Carroll is not involved in the selection or interview process. The Career Development Office is an excellent resource for assistance in drafting cover letters and resumes.

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