MASGC Legal Program Director Named National Environmental Fellow

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Jan 24,  2003

Kristen Fletcher, Director of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program at the University of Mississippi, has been selected by the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) to participate in the organization’s 2003 national fellowship program. While continuing her work in Oxford, Fletcher will join 20 environmental leaders from across America in this unique learning opportunity for the next generation of environmental leaders.

“My goal is to change the public’s perspective regarding its responsibility for the effects on the environment of our short-term and long-term choices,” Fletcher explains. As a natural resources lawyer, she now heads up the National Sea Grant Law Center and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program, which provide legal research to Sea Grant universities and operate under a threepronged approach: research, education and outreach. In her capacity as Director, Fletcher conducts research on ocean and coastal law issues and teaches as an adjunct professor of Law at the University of Mississippi, with which the Law Center and Legal Program are affiliated. Most recently, she coordinated the effort to provide legal analysis to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and researched Marine Protected Areas, fisheries policy, and coastal management. Fletcher is also editor of the Water Log Legal Reporter and The SandBar, and is a member of The Coastal Society.

Selection for ELP’s prestigious award demonstrates national recognition of Fletcher’s current work and leadership, and acknowledges the great potential she brings to the environmental community.

She joins a network of diverse individuals from all sectors to preserve open space, protect the nation’s natural resources, improve corporate environmental practices, and safeguard communities from toxic waste.

Access to the Environmental Leadership Program’s resources, networks of peers and veteran leaders, skills training, and financial support enables ELP fellows to hone their leadership skills and propel the environmental field to new heights. “By convincing our leaders – new and experienced, in large cities or rural communities – to become champions, ELP can reach more than its annual group of fellows,” Fletcher says.

The Environmental Leadership Program nurtures a new generation of environmental leadership and addresses the needs of new environmental activists and professionals by:

  • Connecting them with peers through local and national networks;
  • Providing training and other learning opportunities to develop their leadership capacity;
  • Linking them with experienced environmental leaders through substantive interactions and mentoring opportunities;
  • Offering activity grants and technical support to help them implement innovative projects; and
  • Focusing attention on the need for the environmental community to nurture the next generation of leaders.


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