Law and Sustainability

Student Opportunities

The program provides exceptional opportunities for students to engage with the environmental sustainability community, build their resumes, and gain practical experience to prepare them to practice in sustainability-related fields. Among other things, students are eligible to earn a Sustainability Certificate, to network one-on-one with attorneys through the Mentorship Initiative in Sustainability Law (MISL), to publish research articles as Sustainability Law Research Fellows, and gain practical experience through the program’s externship network.

Mentorship (MISL)

The program’s Mentorship Initiative in Sustainability Law (MISL) is an attorney-student mentorship program for JD candidate students interested in environmental sustainability-related legal careers. Many law students have had minimal exposure to the actual practice of law in sustainability-related fields. MISL seeks to fill this void, giving students opportunities to interact with practicing environmental, water, energy, and land use law attorneys. ASU law students are paired with mentoring attorneys and pursue unique mentoring experiences throughout the year. For example, students might attend a public proceeding with their mentors, visit their offices, or join their mentors for lunch or social events.

Thank you to all of our attorney mentors!

Serving as a MISL attorney mentor requires only a modest time commitment and is a rewarding and meaningful way to help nurture the next generation of environmental sustainability-oriented lawyers. It provides a fulfilling and rewarding experience to attorneys who actively participate. Attorneys interested in potentially serving as mentors should contact Troy Rule at for details on the application process.

Research fellows

Sustainability Law Student Research Fellowships give students an opportunity to research and write professional, publication-quality articles on current legal and policy topics related to environmental sustainability. Research fellows complete a year-long Sustainability Law Research Seminar to ultimately develop an idea into a full-length law review article, receiving and responding to at least 10 iterations of substantive feedback over eight months. Students also workshop each other’s papers and deliver formal presentations of their papers to the law school community.

This Fellowship Program is further evidence of the Program on Law & Sustainability’s overarching commitment to policy innovation and research. Since inception, all 10 student-authored papers produced through the program have received offers for publication in non-ASU legal academic journals.

2017 papers

Casey Ball & Courtney Moran, Structuring Better Caps for Sustainability Incentive Programs, 54 Idaho Law Review 177 (2018)

Ben Bryce & Robert Skousen, Bloomin’ Disaster:  Externalities, Commons Tragedies, and the Algal Bloom Problem, 21 University of Denver Water Law Review 11 (2017)

Eden Cohen and Ryan Hogan, Made in the Shade:  Promoting Solar Over Water Projects, 54 Idaho Law Review 101 (2018)

Alexandra Evans & Robin Nagele, A Lot to Digest:  Advancing Foot Waste Policy in the United States, 58 Natural Resources Journal 177 (2018)

Ashley Hardy & Dontan Hart, Policy Meltdown:  How Climate Change is Driving Excessive Nuclear Energy Investment, 25 Buffalo Environmental Law Journal 137 (2016-2018)

Eden Cohen and Ryan Hogan

Casey Ball and Courtney Moran

Casey Ball and Courtney Moran

Alexandra Evans and Robin Nagele

Alexandra Evans and Robin Nagele

2016 papers

Casey Ball & Courtney Moran, Penny Lane, Literally:  Funding Roads One Vehicle Mile at a Time, 5 Willamette Environmental Law Rev. 1 (2016)

Lindsay Breslau, Mike Croweak, & Alan Witt, Batteries Included, Incentivizing Battery Storage, 17  Sustainable Dev. L. & Policy29  (2017)

Casey Clowes, Tessa Hustead, & Daniel Kolomitz, Thirsty for a Solution: Promoting More Efficient Water Use in the West, 20 University of Denver Water Law Review (2016)

Daniel Schwiebert & Shane Urban, Trickle-Down Solar: Which Strategies for Expanding Access to Solar Energy Make the Most Cents?, 6 Arizona Pract. Leg. J. 91 (2016)

Racheal White Hawk, Community-Scale Solar: Watt’s In It for Indian Country?, 40 Environs Environmental Law & Policy Journal (UC Davis) (2016)

Casey Ball and Courtney Moran

Casey Ball and Courtney Moran

Daniel Schwiebert & Shane Urban

Daniel Schwiebert and Shane Urban

Rachael White Hawk

Rachael White Hawk


Because the law school is situated in downtown Phoenix and in close proximity to dozens of law firms, government offices, and other legal employers in sustainability-related fields, ASU numerous law students involved in the Law & Sustainability Program do legal externships each year. Below is a listing of some of the externships ASU law students have done in recent years that have a connection to environmental sustainability: