Bowerman and David Brower Fellowships
Bowerman and David Brower Fellowships
Thanks to generous donor and grant support, the ENR Program is able to offer up to five $7,000 stipends to support law student work on ENR's interdisciplinary projects. These fellowships fund groundbreaking and innovative student research, furthering the student's knowledge, careers, and fields of practice while providing legal analysis for today's environmental conflicts.
Recent projects include evaluating legal issues surrounding state efforts to invalidate restrictive covenants that limit home energy-saving practices, producing a water conservation handbook for Oregon, and exploring potential legal claims and defenses associated with atmospheric trust litigation.
Eligibility: Must be a rising 2L or rising 3L.
Award amount: $7,000 ($3,500 awarded at the beginning of Fall semester, and $3,500 awarded at the beginning of Spring semester).
How to apply: Interested applicants must submit an application by Monday, April 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. that contains the following: (1) a cover letter which describes interests and experiences within the ENR program or project area for which the individual is applying; (2) the interdisciplinary project(s) for which you are applying; (3) resume; and (4) transcript. If you are also applying for a funded Bowerman or Brower Fellowship, please also indicate the research project for which you are applying and any other leadership roles you have accepted for the 2013-14 academic year. You may apply for more than one interdisciplinary or research project, but please indicate your order of preference. Please note: All applicants for Bowerman and Brower Fellowships will also be considered for unfunded Fellowships unless you indicate otherwise.
Project proposal: Applicants for the Bowerman and David Brower Fellowships should identify at least one project to complete during the term of their fellowship. Below is a list of suggested projects.
Conservation Trust Project
Land Trusts and Urban Parklands: This project would focus on one of the most cutting edge and rapidly growing movements in the national land trust community, namely the use of conservation easements and private property acquisitions in urban settings to create new parks, sometimes to redevelop economically blighted areas or to protect and promote urban food gardens and other “foodscapes” from development and from prohibitive governmental regulation. Faculty and practitioner resources: Mary Wood
Public Trust Doctrine: The public trust doctrine, and some forms of common law, has recently become increasingly relied upon by plaintiffs seeking governmental action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and halt climate change. This project will evaluate this legal doctrine, looking towards statutory and constitutional provisions and educational outreach to professionals and the public. Faculty and practitioner resources: Mary Wood and ENR Research Associate
Energy Law and Policy Project
Energy Efficiency Policy Initiatives: States have varied policy approaches to increasing energy efficiency. This research project will compare and contrast these approaches including an evaluation of Oregon’s establishment of the Energy Trust of Oregon. Faculty and practitioner resources: Jen Gleason
Food Resiliency Project
Food as a Transnational Legal Concept: This project examines how different concepts, such as food sovereignty, food security, food justice and the right to food, are put into practice and defined through law. It studies both domestic and international institutions in order to appreciate how local institutions and practices can have global implications, and how global institutions and practices can have local implications. Faculty and practitioner resources: Michael Fakhri
Right to Organic Farming: Is there a right to organic farming? Right to farm laws protect agricultural operations by preventing neighbors from bringing nuisance suits to enjoin agricultural practices, including the use of chemical pesticides. While this has traditionally been used by industrial agricultural operations to avoid liability for harm to neighboring property, the recent increase in urban homesteading and organic farming presents a new dilemma regarding the right to farm. This project will explore whether there is (or should be) a right to farm organically, without chemical contribution from neighboring land uses. The research will explore the right to protect property from neighboring agricultural or other land uses that may interfere with organic and urban farming, including contamination from GMO crops, and evaluate potential statutory provisions to protect urban and organic farming. Faculty and Practitioner Resources: Mary Wood and ENR Research Associate
Global Environmental Democracy Project
International Tax Provisions: This project will review International tax provisions in the Internal Revenue Code for their environmental impact. For example, do international tax provisions encourage shifting environmental harm to other countries? Do International tax provisions allow/encourage avoidance of U.S. environmental protections. Faculty and practitioner resources: Roberta Mann
Native Environmental Sovereignty Project
Trust Doctrine: This project will evaluate the legal parameters of the Federal government’s trust obligation to Indian tribes. Specifically, is there an enforceable procedural duty to consult? Faculty and practitioner resources: Mary Wood and Kathy Lynn.
Oceans, Coasts and Watersheds Project
Willamette Water 2100: Researcher from Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and Portland State University are examining how climate change, population growth and economic growth will alter the availability and the use of water in the Willamette Basin over the next one hundred years. The goal of the project is the development of a GIS-based modeling tool that will provide decision makers with a way to visualize the Willamette water system and evaluate the interaction of the management choices with changing environmental, socioeconomic and legal conditions and will include realistic legal and policy levers that could be integrated into the model to show the impact that changes to state and federal water law and policy could have on the Willamette Basin for the next hundred years. This works is funded by a significant National Science Foundation grant, one of only three awarded in the country, for this type of work. Faculty and practitioner resources: Adell Amos
Sustainable Land Use Project
Transferable Development Rights: The Sustainable City Year Program, part of the Sustainable Cities Initiative at UO, will be working with Medford Oregon over the coming year to provide Medford with tools to transition to a more sustainable and accessible future. An important component of this program is developing new methods for open space protection, and to incentivize in-fill development within designated growth centers. This project will provide recommendations on neighborhood preservation and planning policies, regulations, and procedures suitable for Medford that are not already in place. The project would help Medford to design and implement a Transferable Development Rights program, structuring the land use code to allow developers to purchase development rights from areas the city wants to protect from development, to increase the maximum density in the areas where in-fill growth is desired, providing a market mechanism for sustainable land use development within the city. Faculty and Practitioner Resources: ENR Research Associate
Performance requirements: In addition to the general requirements for all ENR Fellows, Bowerman and David Brower Fellows must complete the project selected during the application process.