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The Center for Conservation Excellence

Creating informed conservation law professionals as to the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

Conservation through Higher Education

The Center for Conservation Excellence’s goal: create and maintain informed conservation professionals as to the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

The Center for Conservation Excellence exists:

  • To showcase the importance of conservation law
  • To build awareness of the field of conservation law and policy
  • And, to bring conservation efforts, as well as the threats to those efforts, to the forefront of conversation.

Building an awareness of these threats to conservation is paramount to continuing the traditional methods of harvesting wildlife and enjoying the fruits of the discipline we commonly call the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

Colloquially known in America today as the “conservation industry,” it has sustained an interconnected relationship with legislative decisions, public policy and public opinion since the late 1800s. If a favorable combination of scientific fact and public opinion are met, new legislation may surface which opens opportunities to advance the efforts of wildlife conservation. The alternative is also true, and represents a challenge facing the efforts of conservationists in America today.

The Center of Conservation Excellence

The center offers students, lawyers, judges and additional interested parties the opportunity to learn conservation law concepts.

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Conservation Law Colleges

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Continuing Legal Education/Seminars

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Professional Opportunities

Conservation Law Colleges

Colleges that offer wildlife Law, conservation law or some variant of the course in line with the mission.

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Continuing Legal Education/Seminars

Online, pre-recorded seminars to educate current and future practicing attorneys on wildlife law.

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Professional Opportunities

Conservation internships, externships, careers, educators and general contacts.

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Photo Credit: Rick Meoli

Conservation Law Colleges

1. Michigan State University College of Law / East Lansing, Michigan


2. Indiana University Maurer School of Law / Bloomington, Indiana


3. University of Wyoming College of Law / Laramie, Wyoming


4. University of South Carolina School of Law / Columbia, South Carolina

  • Fisheries Course

5. Georgia State College of Law / Milledgeville, Georgia

  • Wildlife Law (Professor Kyle Pearson)

6. University of Georgia / Athens, Georgia

  • Wildlife Law (Professor Laura French)
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Continuing Legal Education

Continuing Legal Education, also known as Mandatory/Minimum Continuing Legal Education, is a form of profession education for practicing attorneys and judges after their initial admission to their State Bar Association. States may differ slightly in their requirements- including how many credits one needs every year (or two), how many credits of ethics are required (or not), or how many minutes constitutes one “credit hour.” Double check your CLE Requirements through your State Bar Association website or on the ABA website.

The Conservation Law Seminar is offered as a prerecorded, online seminar with live hosts to answer your questions. Each segment of the seminar is 60-minutes, meaning that we are able to offer a 7-hour course, which includes 1 credit hour of ethics.

An outline for the Conservation Law Seminar follows:

  • History of Conservation: The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation & the Public Trust Doctrine
    Gordon Batcheller | Certified Wildlife Biologist, Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
  • Wildlife Management & the Evolution of the Public Trust Doctrine
    Lane Kisonak | Chief Legal Officer, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
  • Federal Jurisdiction: Federal Authority for Fish & Wildlife Conservation
    Parks Gilbert | Attorney from Alexandria, VA
  • Constitutional Right to Hunt & Fish
    Carol Frampton | Chief of Legal Services, National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Human Rights for Animals & Natural Resources
    Michael Jean | Director of the Office of Litigation Counsel, National Rifle Association of America – Institute for Legislative Action
  • Hunting & International Law
    Jeremy Clare | Litigation Counsel & CITES Manager, Safari Club International
  • Ethics
    Shelby DeVuyst | Assistant Director of the Center for Conservation Excellence, National Wild Turkey Federation
  • State Specific Game Laws
    State Specific Game Warden, DNR Director or equivalent position
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Professional Opportunities

Jobs/internships will be posted as they are available or as we secure reoccurring internship opportunities.

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