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Professor Corwin W. Johnson Memorial Internships

The Professor Corwin W. Johnson Memorial Internships provide high-performing Texas law students with an interest in environmental and natural resources law opportunities to intern eight government agencies located in Texas.  The program honors the late Professor Corwin W. Johnson, who taught at the University of Texas Law School for nearly 60 years and played an important role in the development of water law in Texas, particularly the “law of capture” as applied to water rights.

Johnson was born in Hamlet, Indiana on October 5, 1917. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees and studied at Yale Law School as a Sterling Fellow. During World War II he served as a Special Agent of the F.B.I., engaged in counter-espionage and other law enforcement activities. Professor Johnson joined the faculty of UT Law School as an assistant professor in 1947 and retired in 1988 as the Edward Clark Centennial Professor Emeritus. However, he continued to teach part-time for more than a dozen years.

Professor Johnson was co-author with John E. Cribbet, Roger W. Findley, and Ernest E. Smith of a leading property casebook, Property: Cases and Materials (8 th Ed., 2003). He was co-author with John E. Cribbet of a treatise, Principles of The Law of Property (3rd ed. 1989). He died on July 29, 2004 at 86.

The Internships are awarded in the Spring of each year and are served during the Summer at the following agencies:

  1. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  2. U.S. EPA Region 6
  3. Texas Railroad Commission
  4. Texas General Land Office
  5. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  6. Harris County District Attorney – environmental crimes division
  7. Texas Water Development Board
  8. Office of the Attorney General of Texas – environmental and administrative law division

Each internship currently pays $4,500 for a six-week term.

Corwin W. Johnson Internship Recipients

General Land Office – Cole Payne, Texas Tech
Office of the Atty. General – Zach Liberatore, Baylor
Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. – Skyler Parks, Texas Tech
Texas Comm. on Env. Quality – Danielle Lam, U of H
Texas Water Dev. Board – Seth Boettcher, A&M
Harris County DA’s Office (Env. Crimes Division) – Foster Baird, U of H
Railroad Comm. of Texas – Hannah Steen, A&M
U.S. EPA Region 6 – Rory Smith, A&M