Glynn D. Key Summer Fellowship

The Southern Environmental Law Center is accepting applications for its 2021 Glynn D. Key Summer Fellowship. This position is intended for second-year law students with a strong interest in or a demonstrated commitment to advancing environmental justice, and it provides the opportunity to be an integral part of a team working on a full range of issues of particular importance to the South – clean air, clean and adequate water, energy, forests, coasts and communities. It is a 10 week assignment.

The Fellow can expect to do research and writing on litigation or other environmental advocacy in a substantive area and will work on a distinct project with an environmental justice component. Depending on the project area, research may include federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, and procedural and evidentiary issues. In addition to research and writing, the Fellow will also participate in strategy sessions, document review, client meetings, site visits, and other aspects of case or project management.

The Fellow may also observe depositions, hearings, meetings on environmental policy with government officials and leaders of other environmental groups. We hold periodic seminars or lunch and learn sessions to introduce the Fellow to a wide range of environmental issues and projects. Other special events and outings, including a summer hike or canoe trip, are regularly held.

About Glynn D. Key:

Glynn D. Key (1964-2014) was a widely admired and respected lawyer who broke through many racial and gender barriers in her life and career. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, she attended the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar, and served as the first African-American chair of the Honor Committee, as well as president of the Student Council. She also received her law degree from UVA, and began her legal career as an associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC.

From 1993 to 1996 she served in the first Clinton administration in the Department of the Interior as Special Assistant and Counsel to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. At Interior, she was the lead negotiator of the $700 million groundbreaking Everglades restoration settlement among environmentalists, local Indian tribes, the farming industry, and the federal and state governments. Glynn then joined the Washington DC firm of Wilmer Hale where she was a partner in the corporate department practicing general corporate and environmental law. Glynn later became general counsel for General Electric in its Coal Gasification and Water & Process Technologies Division, where she served until her sudden death at the tragically young age of 50. Despite the demands of a successful professional career, Glynn generously shared her time and expertise in her communities, serving on many boards and councils including her alma mater’s Board of Visitors and Alumni Association (President).

SELC was fortunate to have Glynn serve on our Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2009.

About SELC:

With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Richmond, VA), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although its regional focus is the Southeast, much of its work is national in scope and impact.

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. The organization currently has a staff of over 150 individuals, with over 80 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. Additional information is available at

SELC believes that a broad range of ideas, life experiences, and backgrounds enriches our workplace, drives innovative thinking, and attracts highly talented people who seek a work environment that values the unique contributions of individual team members. We are eager to welcome new team members who share this belief. We still have much progress to make, but our goal is to create and maintain a staff that, at every level, reflect the rich racial and cultural diversity of the communities where we work and the clients that we serve. SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and persons of all backgrounds—including people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are strongly encouraged to apply.

Criteria for Consideration:

  • Strong interest in or demonstrated commitment to advancing environmental justice.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Interest in environmental or non-profit career
  • Community service work
  • Academic achievement
  • A genuine interest in and commitment to helping SELC foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace


  • Must be a second-year law student attending and in good standing at an American Bar Association accredited law school
  • Must have a strong undergraduate and law school record
  • Must possess excellent writing skills

The selected Fellow will receive $750 per week for the ten-week summer fellowship. SELC does not reduce this amount if the fellow receives additional outside funding. The Fellow will be guaranteed an interview for future associate attorney positions that become available within three years of completion of the fellowship.

The Glynn D. Key Summer Fellow will receive a nonrenewable award of $10,000* for his/her community service, academic achievement, and demonstrated environmental justice interest or commitment. The $10,000 award is contingent upon accepting and successfully completing the summer fellowship.

*$10,000 less applicable payroll and withholding taxes

To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below to be directed to an online application process where you may upload your application materials. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcript or grade report (with date of birth and social security number redacted), and three references. Applicants will be able to apply to the Summer Intern position, the Glynn D. Key Summer Fellowship, or both.

We encourage students to apply by November 1st, 2020, but will evaluate and hire interns on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.


SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages persons of all backgrounds to apply.