Location: New York, NY, San Francisco, CA
Job Type: Temporary
Earthjustice’s Environmental Health Practice Area is rooted in Earthjustice’s long-standing dedication to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. The docket includes litigation and advocacy on behalf of a broad-based coalition of community-based groups fighting for better regulation of toxic chemicals; farmworkers and communities that are exposed to pesticides; and residents in overburdened urban and rural neighborhoods struggling with the impacts of air pollution, toxic emissions, and waste. Our docket includes a focus on civil rights enforcement and environmental justice. Our goal is to produce the highest quality legal work on behalf of our clients in a supportive and cooperative environment.
Hosting a Fellow: The Environmental Health Practice Area seeks candidates who are interested in having Earthjustice host a two-year fellowship, to be located in our Northeast Office, in downtown Manhattan, or our California offices, in San Francisco or Los Angeles. Such fellowships are awarded to recent law graduates to develop innovative legal projects that address unmet legal needs. If awarded a fellowship, the Fellow would pursue the particular project proposed in the fellowship application, with supervision and support from experienced Earthjustice attorneys. The Fellow would work closely with staff attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases, and would participate in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy. Applicants interested in Earthjustice’s sponsorship should be third year law students, judicial clerks, or other recent law school graduates with strong academic credentials and a commitment to working on issues of environmental health on behalf of low-income and vulnerable communities. Excellent research and writing skills are essential. Applicants should have a strong work ethic and sense of initiative, sound yet creative judgment, and an ability to work well in a collegial setting. A demonstrated commitment to public interest law and familiarity with environmental and/or administrative law are preferred. Spanish and/or other second language skills are a plus.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (preferably a legal brief or memorandum), law school transcript, and three references to email@example.com (put “Fellowship” in the subject line). Please, no telephone calls, faxes, or hard copies.
Applications to Earthjustice, to serve as the host of the project, will be accepted on a rolling basis until a candidate is found; but no later than Friday, August 23, 2013. Applications to the fellowship programs are due as early as September 17, 2013.
Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring the best and brightest who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with nine offices across the U.S.
Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.