Legal Fellowship, U.S. Climate & Air Legal and Regulatory Advocacy

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The Climate & Air Legal Fellow is a key member of our domestic Climate & Air team.  The Climate & Air Legal Fellow works in a high-intensity, fast-paced, multi-disciplinary setting to formulate and implement strategies, laws and policies to clean the air and reduce global warming pollution.

Overall Function
Environmental Defense Fund's Washington, D.C. Office is seeking a highly qualified and deeply motivated legal fellow to work on projects related to climate change, air quality, and energy, with particular emphasis on reducing climate destabilizing emissions from the oil and natural gas sector.

Key Responsibilities
The Legal Fellow works closely with the rest of the legal team on a dynamic mix of legal and regulatory advocacy aimed to secure effective greenhouse gas mitigation and cleaner air.  The work ranges from strategy sessions about what legal arguments will be most effective in a specific briefing effort to intensive legal research on cutting-edge environmental law questions to the development of comments to advocate for and support the development of protective environmental standards.

Previous legal fellows have researched, written, and presented legal and policy documents for federal court litigation, administrative litigation, national and state regulatory proceedings, and various policy venues.  Current legal fellows have been deeply engaged in D.C. Circuit litigation over greenhouse gas and toxic air pollution regulation under the Clean Air Act; litigation challenging California’s landmark climate program; major national and regional policy initiatives on air quality and climate change; protection of air quality and ecological systems in national parks; and the development of emission standards for oil and gas development.

We seek recent law school graduates interested in working on cutting edge regional, national, and international climate and air quality issues.  Other qualifications include:

  • Excellent legal research, analytical, writing and advocacy skills.
  • Understanding of the federal Clean Air Act.
  • Establishes and maintains strong working relationships with internal and external allies.
  • Results-oriented, self-starter with the ability to think strategically and work on fast-paced, dynamic issues.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a leader or member of teams in a dynamic and creative environment with colleagues and partners of varied background and experience.  Able to prioritize and be flexible.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency, experience with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Washington, D.C.

January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

Full-time (35 hours/week)

$50,000 annual salary plus benefits.

Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter, legal writing sample (of 5,000 words or less), and resume to the EDF application, together with references and law school transcript.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually.  Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

March 12, 2015
Washington, DC, United States