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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
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ProfileLegal Fellow - Climate and Energy The fellow will work on the organization’s climate and energy team under the Clean Energy and Legal and Regulatory programs. Will work on projects and cases aimed at reducing climate-destabilizing pollution and other health-harming airbone contaminants from the electricity sector. The work will include a heavy emphasis on federal litigation and administrative proceedings under the Federal Power Act. Work on federal projects and cases aimed at reducing climate-destabilizing and other health-harming pollution from the electricity sector. The work will include advocating and defending leading state action and entail a heavy emphasis on federal litigation centered on the interaction between state air, climate, and energy programs and federally regulated wholesale markets. Focus on federal energy and regulatory actions, including before and involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Independent System Operators (ISO) and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO). The work will include intensive legal research on cutting‐edge energy, environmental, constitutional and administrative law questions; cutting edge litigation in federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals; and the development of comments and expert submissions to advocate for and support the development of effective clean energy standards. Focus on reseach, writing, and presentation of legal and policy documents for federal court litigation, administrative litigation, national and state regulatory proceedings, and various policy venues. Engage deeply in legal and regulatory efforts around the Federal Power Act, electric grid operations and management, wholesale electricity markets, and state air, climate, and energy laws and policies.
Qualification and Experience
The fellow should be a recent law school graduate or a law clerk interested in working on cutting edge regional, national, and international climate and energy issues. Should be licensed to practice law or actively seeking admission to Bar, with background in environmental, energy, and administrative law. Must have familiarity with the Federal Power Act, FERC, and/or ISOs and RTOs. Interest and experience in federal litigation centered on state air, climate, and energy laws and policies and federal energy laws and regulations is needed. Familiarity with Constitional law, with particular emphasis upon the dormant Commerce Clause and Supremacy Clause is required. Should have excellent legal research, analytical, writing and advocacy skills. Should have excellent written and oral communication skills. Computer proficiency, and experience with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint is required.
Environmental Defense Fund.
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009