Rising 2L Justin Hart learns about renewable energy law at Hawaiian Electric

Jul 05, 2023 | Students

by Lindsay Wilcox

Justin Hart, a white man with brown hair wearing a black suit with a royal blue shirtRising 2L Justin Hart traded the mountains of Salt Lake City for the sunny beaches of Honolulu, Hawaii, this summer. He began his field placement at Hawaiian Electric, which provides electricity to residents on the five Hawaiian islands, in June.

“During a typical day at Hawaiian Electric, I mostly do research for my assignments, but I also attend meetings with attorneys. Twice a week I meet with my supervising attorney to touch base about my experience and my assignments and see if he can provide guidance,” Justin says. “I also meet with attorneys involved with my assignments to gain clarity on details and discuss the parameters of the assignments.”

Justin says the topics he is researching are very broad and have vast implications. Because there isn’t a lot of case law to help, he has become more creative in his research and thinking to find solutions for Hawaiian Electric.

“I’m getting vast experience by researching applicable issues the company deals with and will continue to deal with,” he says.

When Justin returns to S.J. Quinney in the fall, it is the people that make him most excited to continue law school.

“The students are great and so are the faculty. Everyone is so supportive and friendly,” Justin expresses. “It really helps to take the edge off of an already stressful experience.”

Though Justin has two years left before earning his degree, he is looking forward to practicing law in ways he is already learning at Hawaiian Electric.

“I want to move our society in a more sustainable direction for the health of the population,” Justin says. “I’m interested in renewable energy, clean air technology and implementation, managing fresh water, or advocating for regenerative agriculture.”

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