Research Associates/Fellowships

GWC Water Law Fellows, Student Research Assistant (Summer 2021)

The Getches-Wilkinson Center (GWC) is seeking a Colorado Law student interested in natural resources, energy, and environmental law to serve as the GWC Water Fellows Summer Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will work closely with GWC Water Fellows, Jaime Garcia and Chelsea Colwyn, who will help direct the student’s research in the areas of water law in the Colorado River Basin and beyond. The Research Assistant will be responsible for conducting research and producing written content for the GWC. Potential projects include work on ongoing research with the Water and Tribes Initiative, legislative reforms to conservation laws, and assisting interested partners with the upcoming Colorado River interim guidelines renegotiations.

The position pays $15 an hour.
Hours are flexible. Candidates should state their optimum hours in their cover letter.
Summer work-study preferred. Interested students should apply for work-study funding.

Work-study information

If you are interested in applying, please include:
1) Brief cover letter
2) Resume
3) Available writing sample

Applications will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. MT Friday, May 14, 2021.
Applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis, early application encouraged.

Please direct questions and application materials by email to:
Shaun LaBarre, GWC Deputy Director at

General Scholarship and Fellowship Information

Information on Colorado Law Scholarship and Fellowship opportunities can be found at the link below:

Scholarships and Fellowships

The Wyss Scholars Program for the Conservation of the American West

The Wyss Foundation is a private, charitable foundation dedicated to land conservation in the American West. The Wyss Scholars Program seeks to identify and nurture a new generation of leaders on western land conservation issues by providing financial support to students who are committed to careers focused on western conservation. 

One Wyss Scholar will be selected each year on the basis of leadership potential, commitment to furthering land conservation in the American West, commitment to pursuing a career in nonprofit or public sector conservation, financial need, and academic strength. While experience living or working in the West is preferred, all students interested in western lands and sustainability issues are encouraged to apply.


All current 2L J.D. candidates at the University of Colorado Law School are eligible to apply. One Law School student will be selected each year to the Wyss Scholars program.

Both 1L and 2L students interested in the program are encouraged to attend the upcoming information sessions noted below.

Program Overview, Benefits, and Applications Process Available Here

Wyss Scholar More Information

The current application period is now closed.

Contact Information

For further information, please feel free to contact GWC Deputy Director, Shaun LaBarre at or 303-492-1286  

The Harrison Fellowship in International Water Law

The Harrison Water Law & Policy Fellowship, is a summer fellowship exclusive to University of Colorado Law students. 1Ls and 2Ls are eligible. The selected student/Fellow will work on a project in conjunction with and under the supervision of The Nature Conservancy during summer 2021. The work is compensated through a stipend paid by the Law School as part of its Summer Fellowship Program. This year’s project involves the Colorado River Delta. You can see the CDOnline posting here:  The deadline is January 6. Applications will not be forwarded to the selection committee until the deadline closes so you can wait until you have finished finals to apply.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Alexia McCaskill in the CDO by email or phone (3030-532-5662). She is also happy to schedule individual Zoom appointments or speak with you during her drop-in Zoom hours ( on Fridays from 2 – 3:30 pm.

The current application period is now closed.

The Roger Klein Scholarship in Water Law

Established on November 4, 2011, at the Weld Community Foundation by his friends and colleagues, the Roger Klein Scholarship is awarded to a second or third year student who demonstrates an interest and aptitude in water law.  Roger Klein (’67) served for many years as the Judge of Water Court Division One.

Students must submit a cover letter indicating they are applying for the Roger Klein Scholarship, enclosing a resume, current transcript and essay indicating why they are deserving of the scholarship directly to:

Rand E. Morgan, President
Weld Community Foundation
2425 35th Ave., Ste. 201
Greeley, CO  80634

The current application period is now closed.

Getches-Wilkinson Law Fellows Program








Getches-Wilkinson Water Law Fellows
We are pleased to announce we have completed a national search for the inaugural pair of Getches-Wilkinson Water Law Fellows.

The Getches-Wilkinson Water Fellows program was initiated by a generous donation from David Bonderman – a lawyer, businessman, and significant supporter of conservation efforts. The matching funds came from an anonymous GWC supporter as well as the Water Funder Initiative – a collaborative effort to identify and activate promising water solutions through strategic philanthropic investments in the United States, starting in the West.

The intensive two-year program will immerse the two Fellows in the real world challenges of water law and policy. They will address critical issues affecting western watersheds, conduct reform-oriented research on pressing issues in the field, and interact with public and private sector leaders to inform policymaking. The Fellows will be actively engaged in water law reform in the public interest and will hone their leadership, communication, advocacy, and research skills. The overarching objective is to create a matchless educational and mentoring experience that will prepare the Fellows to become leaders in the field. 

Welcome to our inaugural Getches-Wilkinson Water Law Fellows

Chelsea Colwyn

Chelsea Colwyn fell in love with rivers the first time she went rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Since then, she has turned her love for rivers into an academic and career focus. Chelsea has worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Adelaide, South Australia, studying environmental water buybacks, a Research Fellow with Vermont Law School’s Water and Justice Program, studying the history of the US Forest Service and California water law, a Hansard Society Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, studying England’s privatized water sector, and for American Rivers. She currently works as a tribal staff attorney, and teaches a public land management summer law course. Chelsea graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004, earned a master’s in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School in 2011, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2018, where she was selected as a Wyss Scholar for western conservation. In her free time, she loves being outdoors with her husband and two young daughters.

Jaime Garcia

Jaime Garcia is excited to join the Getches-Wilkinson Center as one of its newest fellows. Prior to accepting this position, Mr. Garcia was working as a litigation attorney for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in Austin, Texas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and received his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Mr. Garcia is also an adjunct faculty member for Wake Forest’s Masters in the Studies of Law program. He is excited to bring his experience and passion for preserving our natural resources to this fellowship. His love of outdoor pursuits drives his support and passion for increasing access and conservation of public lands and waters. When not practicing law, Mr. Garcia enjoys hiking and kayaking with his wife and their three dogs. In addition to their own dogs, he and his wife foster for local animal rescues.

For more information, contact Shaun LaBarre at or 303.492.1286.

Colorado Law Students

The Getches-Wilkinson Center regularly hires current law students as Research Assistants and Student Fellows to be assigned to specific ongoing projects under the Center. Research Assistants/Fellows gain greater understanding of environmental law, as well as develop research and writing skills. For more information about positions for the, please e-mail us at