Glynn D. Key Fellowship Program


SELC has created a special fellowship program for law students and practicing attorneys who have a strong interest in or a demonstrated commitment to working to advance environmental justice. Our Glynn D. Key Fellowship program includes an associate attorney fellowship and a summer intern fellowship.  More information on both positions—and the dear SELC friend and former Trustee in whose honor these fellowships were created—is available below. 

Glynn D. Key Associate Attorney Fellowship

We invite practicing attorneys, recent law school graduates and 3Ls to apply for the Glynn D. Key Fellowship. For more information, please visit this page.

Glynn D. Key Summer Fellowship

The Glynn D. Key Summer Fellowship at SELC is offered to 2L law students. For more information, please visit this page.


Fellows will be part of an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging environmental and public health issues in the Southeast and the nation. They will gain valuable experience and knowledge working with more senior attorneys on litigation and legal advocacy in state and federal courts and before regulatory agencies. Additionally, Glynn Key Fellows will be provided the opportunity to work on at least one project with an environmental justice component. 

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

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. We work collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. We have over 150 staff members, with more than 80 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. The Southern Environmental Law Center is committed to protecting the fundamental right to clean air and clean water, to preserving the South’s rich natural diversity and places we love, and fighting against environmental degradation that too often impacts communities that lack the financial ability or political influence to fight back. Learn more about SELC's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.