Legal Fellow

Legal Fellow
Climate and Energy - Legal
Washington, DC

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents, and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

Overall Function
Environmental Defense Fund’s Washington, DC office is seeking a highly qualified and deeply motivated legal fellow to work on projects related to climate, air quality, and energy, with particular focus on reducing climate-destabilizing carbon pollution from the electric power 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.

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

  • Licensed to practice law or actively seeking admission to Bar, with background in environmental and administrative law.
  • Ability to collect, manipulate, analyze, and interpret legal data and prepare reports of findings.
  • Excellent legal research, analytical, writing and advocacy skills.
  • 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.

Location
Washington, DC

Term
This is a one-year fellowship

Hours
Full-time (35 hours/week)

Application Materials
Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with a writing sample. 

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 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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