Alumni Spotlight

Jennifer L. Taylor, J.D. ’ 95

New director of Nevada’s Clean Energy Project brings years of experience in environmental Law

Jennifer L. Taylor, J.D. ’ 95

Jennifer L. Taylor, J.D. ’ 95

March 23, 2015 -- More than 15 years of experience in environmental and construction related law, as well as her passion to promote a clean energy economy, led Jennifer L. Taylor to her new position as executive director of Nevada’s Clean Energy Project.

Taylor, who assumed her duties Feb. 1, will use her analytic and advocacy skills working with businesses, policy makers and individual communities to promote and develop Nevada’s growing clean energy economy.

Taylor began her career as a clerk for Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert E. Rose, who honed her litigation skills and taught her about the political landscape of Nevada. While in practice, she litigated Voggenthaler v. Maryland Square, which forced the remediation of groundwater contamination underlying a Las Vegas neighborhood. She also represented residents whose homes had been damaged by mold, soil movement, and other construction defects. 

“UHLC provided me with countless opportunities to learn different areas of law,” Taylor said. “The enhancement courses UHLC offered through local adjuncts with unique practices could only be provided by a law school in an urban center like Houston.”

While at the Law Center, Taylor was named outstanding associate editor for the Houston Law Review, a research assistant in charge of compiling and organizing material for the Russian Petroleum Legislation Project, second year Student Bar Association representative, program director for the Association of Women in Law, and a member of many more organizations that helped her create lifelong friends.

“The group of friends I made at UHLC continue to be sources of support, referrals, and tremendous sounding boards, even though we are scattered nationwide and in diverse areas of practice.”