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Turner Environmental Law Clinic

Fellowship Program

The Turner Environmental Law Clinic offers a two-year fellowship, attracting incredible attorneys from across the United States. Fellows engage in teaching, legal work, and research, and go on to impactful careers in environmental law. Past fellows can be found working at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Southern Environmental Law Center, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, and Trustees for Alaska.

2024-2026 Fellow

Riley Cooney
Riley Cooney attended law school at the University of Kansas School of Law, receiving a certificate in Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources. While in school, she served on the executive board of the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy and published a paper on then-recent developments in groundwater discharge regulation. She also interned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working at both Region 7 in Kansas City and at the headquarters office in Washington, D.C. While at EPA, she worked on projects assisting civil and criminal enforcement of federal environmental laws. After graduating, she served as a Staff Attorney at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for two years.

Riley grew up in Northern Colorado, and her time running, hiking, and exploring the Rocky Mountains sparked her interest in environmental stewardship. She attended the University of Kansas for her undergraduate studies, where she received degrees in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Environmental Studies.

2022-2024 Fellow

Katie Bauman
 Katie Bauman joined the Clinic as a Fellow in 2022. She attended law school at Florida State University College of Law and completed the Environmental Law Certificate Program. While in school, Katie served as an Executive Editor for the FSU Law Review and a member of the FSU Moot Court Team. Her independent research focused on water governance schemes and land-based aquaculture development in Florida. She also worked as a research assistant for the St. Johns Riverkeeper, analyzing state and federal regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Prior to law school, Katie worked at the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, and Oceana, an ocean conservation nonprofit, in Washington, D.C. At Aspen, she coordinated seminars on contemporary issues including artificial intelligence, socio-economic trends, politics and civility, and environmental reform. At Oceana, she worked in communications—managing the organization’s annual report, collaborating with international offices, and organizing events. Katie received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Princeton University.

The Turner Clinic fellowship helped me launch my public interest environmental law career. In the Clinic, I was able to develop my legal skills, learn about a host of environmental issues, and establish relationships with local and national environmental groups. When I left the Clinic, I felt armed with everything I needed to succeed at Southern Environmental Law Center.

Jill Kysor, Turner Environmental Law Clinic Fellow 2013-2014 Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center