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Attorney in Washington, DC

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Public Interest

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May 04, 2021

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Mar 09, 2021


Washington, DC, United States
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Legal Fellow
The Fellow will focus on litigation or policy efforts to redress environmental and public health harms, such as air and water pollution, climate change, threats to endangered species, environmental injustice, and exposure to toxic chemicals. Will work in one of the subject matter programs (Climate & Clean Energy; Nature; or Healthy People & Thriving Communities), and may represent the Council and its members in federal or state court litigation or pursue policy initiatives in one or more of those areas. The Fellow may also collaborate with other environmental, labor, public health, and racial justice groups. Will work closely with, and be supervised by, experienced attorneys. For the second year (September 2022 through August 2023), the Fellow will work at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, providing support for environmental law clinics, dual degree students, and events and activities relating to environmental law and policy. The primary responsibility will be to coordinate and co-teach the Environmental Protection Clinic along with Council experts and a Yale faculty member. In addition to being the primary coordinator of the Clinic, the Fellow will also have substantive supervision responsibilities for particular Clinic student projects. Must have a J.D. degree within the past three years from any law school. Admission (or eligibility for admission on motion) to the DC State Bar is required. Exceptional legal writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills are needed. Excellent academic and professional record is essential. Comfort interpreting scientific and technical concepts is a must. Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for teamwork are needed. Commitment to public service or social justice work is required. Interest in mentoring students in environmental advocacy is needed. Judicial clerkship or substantial clinical experience is preferred.

Duration: Two years starting in September 2021

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