Position/Fellowship: NRDC, Frederick A.O. Schwarz Fellowship (Deadline: Sept. 13, 2016, NY, Chicago or Washington, DC)


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Frederick A.O. Schwarz Fellowship

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a nonprofit environmental organization that has worked to protect the environment and public health since 1970. NRDC advances its mission through litigation, lobbying, research, and education on a broad range of issues, including combating climate change; promoting public health and environmental justice; curbing air and water pollution; and preserving wildlife and wild places.


Position Descriptions:


This fellowship is a two‐year placement with NRDC’s in‐house Litigation Team, a group of approximately twenty lawyers and litigation assistants who work out of and collaborate across several NRDC offices.
The fellowship begins in September 2017. The Schwarz fellow will be based in Washington, DC, New York, or Chicago. (The Litigation Team also has a branch in NRDC’s San Francisco office, but we do not expect to place a fellow in San Francisco.)
The fellow will work in collaboration with other members of the Litigation Team, and under the supervision of senior attorneys, to develop and pursue litigation on behalf of NRDC and its strategic partners. This litigation will span a range of substantive issues, because the Team’s docket is broad and dynamic. It presently includes cases to abate the safe drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan; to protect marine mammals from harmful ocean noise; to uphold federal carbon pollution standards for fossil‐fueled power plants; and to inform consumers about and limit the presence of dangerous chemicals in food and water.


What We Look For:


The fellowship is designed for recent law school graduates. In assessing candidates, we look for exceptional legal writing and analytical skills; strong oral communication skills; enthusiasm for teamwork; openness to working with people from different backgrounds; a demonstrated commitment to public service or social justice work; and a record of academic or professional accomplishment. We favor candidates who have significant hands‐on litigation experience (for example, clinical or judicial clerkship experience). We also consider opportunities to enhance the diversity of NRDC’s staff.


Successful candidates must either already be admitted to the bar of the jurisdiction in which they wish to work, or willing to complete the requirements for admission to that bar (including by taking a bar exam, if necessary).


To Apply:


By September 13, 2016, and as early as possible (we may review applications on a rolling basis), please go to www.nrdc.org/careers, search for the Frederick A.O. Schwarz fellowship position, create a profile, and upload:

  1. A resume;
  2. A law school transcript (unofficial transcripts are fine);
  3. A legal writing sample that reflects your own work, with minimal editing by others;
  4. A list of three references that includes their phone numbers and email addresses and notes your relationship to each reference (professional references preferred);
  5. A cover letter that includes a ranked list of the offices (the options are Chicago, Washington, DC, and New York) in which you’re willing to be placed and notes how you found out about the opening. Please also feel free to note anything you’d like us to be aware of that isn’t reflected in other parts of your application.


Hiring Timeline and Terms:


We plan to conduct interviews in September and October 2016 and extend offers in early November 2016.


The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and comparable to other public‐interest fellowships for recent law graduates. NRDC offers excellent benefits and a collegial working environment and is committed to equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusivity.


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