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Attorney Fellowship Program

Full-time 585 views 28 applications
Company U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 3 Location Philadelphia, PA, United States





Nov 30, 2022

Mar 15, 2023

Dec 03, 2020


Attorney Fellowship Program
The fellow works closely with state and local governments, citizens, environmental groups, and regulated industries to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Superfund statute, and laws regulating hazardous waste, toxic chemicals, and pesticides. EPA is involved both in public health emergencies (e.g., Hurricane Katrina response, BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, lead in Flint, MI drinking water), and in day-to-day environmental issues such as cleanups of Superfund hazardous waste sites; reducing pollution of stormwater runoff; and enforcing air and water quality standards throughout the U.S. Will be involved in nearly all aspects of the Agency’s mission, including administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement of environmental laws; drafting and interpreting EPA regulations, policy and guidance; oversight of state environmental agencies; and counseling on government contracts and grants, bankruptcy, employment, corporations, property. For example, attorneys at EPA Region III have recently worked on a wide variety of matters, including: Federal court actions against several coal companies for chronic Clean Water Act violations, resulting in multi-million dollar settlements with extensive injunctive relief; Superfund cleanups of contaminated industrial areas, including cleanups of unused urban “brownfields,” returning this property to productive use for the benefit of the community; Working with Baltimore, D.C., Pittsburgh, and other cities to develop multi-year, multi-million dollar programs to end the discharge of untreated sewage overflows into waterways; Criminal prosecution of demolition contractors who flout Clean Air Act asbestos regulations, endangering the public and their own employees; Administrative litigation against landlords for failing to notify tenants with small children about lead paint hazards. Should have excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in an environmental career or the public sector, and who are: graduates within the past two years from an accredited law school, or current judicial clerks (one or two years out of law school), or current third year law students at an accredited law school, or JAG attorneys completing their initial tour of duty following completion of law school. A law school graduate who has been employed as an attorney, other than judicial clerks and JAG service, will not be considered.

Additional info

Submit the following: A resume listing bar admission status, including, for those not yet admitted, whether the candidate sat for the July bar exam, and day and evening telephone numbers; An unofficial transcript of law school grades. (An official transcript will be requested at the time of interview); A letter explaining the applicant's interest in the Fellowship; and The name, address, and telephone number of three references. Included should be a current or former employer and a law school professor or advisor.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

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