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Vermont Law Student Awarded Funds for FERC Internship

May 9, 2014

Maryellen Apelquist, Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
office: 802-831-1228, cell: 802-299-5593,

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., May 9, 2014—The Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) at Vermont Law School (VLS) has awarded a student research associate with funds to pursue an internship at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, D.C.

Daniel W. Nugent ’15 is the 2014 recipient of the Glenn J. Berger ’78 and Rachel S. Cox Internship Fund, which was created to provide financial support, specifically for internships, to Vermont Law School students serving as research associates at the IEE.

Nugent, who plans to make his career in energy law and policy, will use the funds, $2,500, to support an unpaid summer internship at FERC, where he will continue to explore energy from multiple angles and expand his knowledge of energy law and policy. In addition to his research at the IEE, Nugent previously served as a clean energy intern at Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, where he majored in political science and environmental studies.

“We look forward to seeing Dan use the research and analytical skills he has developed at the Institute for Energy and the Environment to contribute to the work being done at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,” said IEE Director Michael Dworkin, Professor of Law. “His internship, coupled with his work at the IEE and his own talents and values, will prepare him to make a difference in energy law and policy for decades to come, with an impact throughout the nation, and perhaps the world.”

The Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School provides accessible resources on contemporary energy law and policy and is modeled on the fundamentals of a successful public policy consulting firm. The IEE distributes scholarly, technical and practical publications; provides forums and conferences for professional education and issue development; and serves as a center for graduate research on energy issues, with environmental awareness. IEE research associates are selected from top students in the energy and environmental programs at Vermont Law School, rated No. 1 in the nation for environmental law. For more information about the Institute for Energy and the Environment, email Institute Coordinator Jennifer Thomas at or call 802-831-1151.


Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; two Master’s Degrees (Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and Master of Energy Regulation and Law), and three post-JD degrees—LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, and LLM in Environmental Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, the South Royalton Legal Clinic, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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