Post Date: November 7, 2003

“This new fellowship program will give our students an extraordinary opportunity to pursue a career in environmental law within the non-profit sector,” said Dean Elena Kagan. “We are very grateful for the generosity of Joy Covey, and we look forward to collaborating with the NRDC.”

The NRDC and an HLS committee appointed by Kagan will jointly select one fellow each year. The committee will consider graduating Harvard Law Students and recent graduates based on their academic credentials as well as a demonstrated interest in environmental law.

The funds used to establish the fellowship are a significant portion of a $1 million gift from the Beagle Foundation that will support programs at the law school and Harvard Business School.

The announcement comes during the first day of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Conference. The two-day conference features a series of panel discussions and presentations by leading environmental law experts.

In addition to her Harvard Law degree, Covey holds degrees from Fresno State University and the Harvard Business School. She is currently president of the Beagle Foundation, a private environmental group. A member of the Harvard Law School Dean’s Advisory Board, Covey formerly served as’s chief financial officer and chief strategy officer.

The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has more than 550,000 members nationwide, served from offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco.