Winston Salem, NC native Keeleigh Utt – recipient of Mary Sue Schulberg and EMLF General Fund scholarships for 2021-2022 – is in her third year at West Virginia University College of Law.

Utt said by nature she is advocate for the underserved and underrepresented. Her experience and education have shown by becoming an attorney she can help both, Utt said.

“During my time as an undergraduate student at Salem College, I completed a number of independent studies, moderated panels, and presented research on the subjects of the impacts of age, class, geography, and gender on the environment and renewable energy,” Utt said. “I learned about the differences in perception and how that shapes environmental policy implementation.”

Utt spent the summer of 2021 working as a volunteer law clerk in the Natural Resources Section at the Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division. She plans to apply for the Department of Justice Honors Program for the Environmental and Natural Resources Division.

Utt was recommended by WVU law professor James Van Nostrand. He said Utt was a hard-working leader, who has a full course load and has been working two jobs to pay out-of-state tuition.

“With her passion, energy and initiative, I expect Ms. Utt to have an impact in the field of energy, mineral and natural resources law,” Van Nostrand said.

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