HARRISBURG (July 21, 2020) — The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation recently selected two Environmental & Energy Law Section Minority Scholarship winners: Brittney Martinez from Temple University Beasley School of Law and Lily Moran from University of Pennsylvania Law School.
The scholarship was created to award up to nine scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 to support historically under-represented racial/ethnic minority law students attending schools in Pennsylvania. Awardees must evidence that academics, volunteer experience and interests show a commitment to working as an environmental and energy law attorney.
A $2,500 scholarship recipient, Martinez decided to attend law school to attain comprehensive solutions to advocate for people in situations of socioeconomic environmental injustice similar to those she and her family experienced living in an Arizona mining town. At Beasley, she is president of the Latin American Law Student Association, a student coordinator at the Temple Environmental Law Caucus where she has facilitated numerous zero-waste student engagement programs and a member of the Delaware Valley Environmental Inn of Court. Martinez also held a clerkship at the Environmental Protection Agency and an energy internship at Community Legal Services. Prior to law school, she held a four-year public affairs internship at Salt River Project researching Arizona water and energy laws pertaining to government-regulated and for-profit utilities.
Moran, who is receiving a $1,000 scholarship award, is pursuing a career in environmental and energy law to be a legal advocate helping to guide and shape environmental regulations and policy. At the University of Pennsylvania, she developed a memo as a member of the Environmental Impact Litigation Team to be used as a reference for a Philadelphia legal organization representing clients in power and utility termination cases. Additionally, Moran is a member of the university’s Environmental Law Project, Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project, Prison Legal Education Project, Black Law Students Association and Penn Law Women's Association. This summer, she will be working at the Office of the New York State Attorney General in the Bureau of Environmental Protection. She’s also held several internships, including a summer internship at Legal Assistance of Western New York Inc., a U.S west coast oil and gas research internship at Oceana and a Rust to Green summer scholar internship at the City of Binghamton, Office of Economic Development.
The Environmental & Energy Law Section Minority Scholarship is administered by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. For more information on this and other scholarships, visit www.pabarfoundation.org.