Legal Fellow

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.

 

EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.

EDF offers internships and fellowships for students and recent graduates in a variety of programs and departments throughout the organization. The ultimate goal of our internship and fellowship program is to provide high-quality experiences (including relevant projects and opportunities for networking) that form the foundation for any individual who is serious about pursuing a career in environmental law.

Environmental Defense Fund's U.S. Clean Air team seeks a highly qualified and deeply motivated legal fellow to work on projects related to climate change, air quality, and energy.

Program Overview

The U.S. Clean Air team envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We are dedicated to achieving that vision in our work, helping achieve clean air for all. The U.S. Clean Air team works out of the Washington, D.C., and Boulder, CO offices.

Legal Fellows on the U.S. Clean Air team contribute meaningfully to the team's work securing clean air and climate protections. We aim to make our Legal Fellows' experience relevant, challenging, and rewarding. Our Legal Fellows have directly contributed towards landmark cases over the years and have supported activities including: U.S. Supreme Court litigation, D.C. Circuit litigation over greenhouse gas regulation under the Clean Air Act, major international agreements and guidelines regarding trans-boundary pollution control programs in the U.S./Mexico border region, and projects that work towards ensuring protections for low-income and vulnerable communities from air pollution.

Reports to

Senior Attorney, US Climate Legal and Regulatory

Overall Function

The Legal Fellow will work in collaboration with attorneys and policy experts on EDF's U.S. Clean Air team, as well as other colleagues across the organization.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks may include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct legal and factual research on climate and clean air issues.
  • Contribute to litigation filings and administrative comments advocating for public health and environmental protections.
  • Assess the impacts of recent court decisions on U.S. Clean Air team priorities.
  • Evaluate the health and environmental implications of pending legislation.
  • Draft public-facing documents such as fact sheets and blog posts about legal issues.
  • Represent EDF at public hearings before government agencies.
  • Provide other support to the team's litigation efforts and regulatory advocacy.

Qualifications

  • Licensed to practice law or actively seeking admission to a Bar, with background in environmental and administrative law.
  • Excellent legal research skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and apply data and prepare reports of findings.
  • Strong ability to establish and maintain effective 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.

Location

Washington, DC

Term

The term for the Legal Fellow position is one year, starting Summer, 2020.

Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with a writing sample, unofficial law school transcript, and list of three references. In your cover letter, please describe your interest in environmental law and policy work, relevant completed course work.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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