Position: US EPA, Office of General Counsel, Attorney Advisor (deadline: 10/13/2016, Washington, DC)

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/451246300

Attorney-Adviser

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Agency Contact Information

Many vacancies in the following location:

  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full time – Permanent

Opened Thursday 9/22/2016(7 day(s) ago)

Closes Thursday 10/13/2016(14 day(s) away)

  • Salary Range

    $64,650.00 to $100,736.00 / Per Year

  • Series & Grade

    GS-0905-11/12

  • Promotion Potential

    14

  • Supervisory Status

    No

  • Who May Apply

    Any U.S. citizen may apply

  • Control Number

    451246300

  • Job Announcement Number

    EPA-OGC-2016-0011

Summary

About the Agency

Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and you’ll discover that EPA is one great place to work! We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career–we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. Find yourself at EPA.

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). OGC serves as the chief legal advisor to the Agency’s senior management and program offices, providing legal analysis and support on Agency rules and policies, guidance documents, permits, response actions, and legislation. OGC lawyers, together with attorneys in the Department of Justice, represent the Agency in court challenges to Agency actions, appeals of enforcement cases, and Supreme Court litigation.

Attorneys in OGC advise on issues relating to EPA’s statutory authorities and programs, including those under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; the Toxic Substances Control Act; and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; issues arising under general statutes applicable to federal agencies; international instruments; and general issues of environmental and administrative law. These positions are located in Washington, D.C.

For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-general-counsel-ogc

These positions are in the excepted service. Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status; however, this position is covered for the purpose of federal retirement and benefits.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

If you are selected, you will be expected to report to work as soon as practical, but no later than thirty (30) days from the date you receive a final job offer. Extension of this reporting requirement may be granted only under extraordinary circumstances.

Duties

At the entry level of this position, you will:

  • Work under the general supervision of the Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel (OGC), and, as appropriate, under the guidance of one or more practice group leaders. Receive preliminary and established instructions as to methods of approach, source material available, and Agency policy and precedent.
  • Provide advice and counseling in support of all EPA Headquarters program offices on a broad array of legal matters arising under environmental and general law issues.
  • Act as legal counsel to EPA on issues and be responsible for representing EPA in proceedings filed before courts.
  • Assist the U.S. Department of Justice in defending EPA in litigation filed against the Agency in federal courts.
  • Conduct research of laws, legal opinions, and precedent cases for complex and difficult legal issues for which the legal issue researched is a segment of an extremely complex case.
  • Analyze factual and legal issues presented to determine what further facts are needed and what legal sources are applicable.
  • Initiate contacts with program officials and other persons having knowledge of the facts involved in the problem or case under study.

When entering a Federal job at a grade lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work independently, as your career progresses.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

Qualifications

Applicant must have an LL.B. or J.D. degree from an accredited law school; must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a State, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Pico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions. Incumbent must have experience in providing legal advice and counsel at EPA, other federal, state or local agencies, or in private practice.

If you are selected, you must complete a one-year trial period.

The ideal candidate will possess a comprehensive knowledge and relevant experience in administrative and environmental law. A number, but not all, of these positions will focus on work under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Federal, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), and the Toxics Release Inventory provisions of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Please explain any specialized experience working under these statutes in your written statement of interest, if applicable.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

This position is designated as a Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required
  • You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply)
  • You may be required to travel occasionally

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation

Additional Information

Environmental Protection Agency

Contact

Angela Perkins
Phone: 202-564-0052

Address

Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agnecy
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington
DC
US

Fax: 202-564-1773

Fellowship: Environmental Law and Policy Center, Associate Attorney-Public Interest Environmental Law Fellowship, Fall 2017 (Deadline: unclear, Chicago/Midwest)

http://elpc.org/jobs/associate-attorney-public-interest-environmental-law-fellowship/

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY — PUBLIC INTEREST ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FELLOWSHIP, FALL 2017

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (“ELPC”) seeks to hire a public interest attorney advocate who is a recent law school graduate for an Associate Attorney position in our Chicago, Columbus, Des Moines or Grand Rapids offices starting in Fall 2017.  This is a two-year fellowship position.  The Associate Attorney will work on ELPC’s cutting-edge public interest clean energy and environmental litigation and innovative policy advocacy.

ORGANIZATIONELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 40+ talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago, combined with offices in Columbus, Des Moines, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Jamestown, Madison, Sioux Falls and Washington D.C.  See www.elpc.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Attorneys on “hot” litigation and innovative eco-business policy initiatives for ELPC’s Clean Energy, Clean Air and Climate Change Solutions Projects, Transportation and Land Use Reform Project, and Wild and Natural Places Preservation Project activities.  Assist on special projects. Engage with multidisciplinary project teams.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Recent law school graduate, including attorneys who are completing judicial clerkships or have no more than one year of other legal practice.  Strong academic record and excellent writing, speaking and analytical skills.  Interest in and substantive law and policy knowledge in at least one of the following fields: energy, environmental, transportation, air quality, land use and/or natural resources law. The attorney should understand and enjoy multifaceted public policy strategic advocacy that involves media, legislative, economic and policy analysis and organizing approaches coordinated with strong and effective legal advocacy. An inspired and demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and an ability to work productively as a member of a team of skilled professionals is required.

SALARYAbout $60,000 annual salary for new law school graduates depending on the particular ELPC office, plus excellent benefits.  ELPC encourages applicants to seek funding that will help to support their salary in full or part from sources such as Equal Justice Works, law schools’ public interest grants, etc.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to:  LawFellowship@elpc.org.   Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Position: Environmental Law Institute, Environmental Law Reporter, Associate Editor (Deadline: Oct. 15, 2016, Washington, DC)

https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ELI1730&jobId=11580

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) seeks an energetic, highly focused, self-starting individual to be Associate Editor for theEnvironmental Law Reporter (ELR).

ELI is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., that makes law work for people, places, and the planet. ELI brings together diverse perspectives and viewpoints from the public and private sector to advance the common goal of environmental protection. ELI convenes seminars and trainings on cutting-edge legal and policy issues, conducts extensive research on a variety of topics, and publishes print and online periodicals and books.

The Associate Editor will be charged with covering late-breaking developments in environmental law and policy, including recent court decisions, proposed legislation, and administrative rulemaking, for ELR’s electronic and print publications. Excellent research and writing skills are required, as the Associate Editor will be writing new material and editing the works of others on a daily basis. The Associate Editor’s primary responsibilities include:

  •    writing summaries of recent court opinions for print and online publications;
  •    updating and maintaining ELR’s online collection of statutory material;
  •    gathering new agency guidance and policy documents; and
  •    identifying ways to improve the suite of products offered by ELR.

The position is perfect for recent law school graduates looking to hone their research and writing skills in the area of environmental law. The Associate Editor will work at ELI’s office in Washington, D.C., and will report to the Director of Publications.

Visit the ELI home page at www.eli.org for more information.

QUALIFICATIONS: The candidate should have: (1) a law school degree; (2) top-notch legal research and writing skills; (3) a strong academic record, particularly in the area of environmental law; (4) superior interpersonal and organizational skills; (5) the ability to manage several tasks with limited supervision; and (6) a desire to support ELI’s mission of advancing environmental protection by improving law, policy, and management.  Experience working with websites, online databases, and social media are desirable but not required.

Salary: $35,000-45,000, depending on experience, with excellent benefits.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:  Submit an application package via ELI’s online application system, found by clicking the Apply button above. To be considered, your submission must include the completed online form, together with the following uploaded materials: (1) a cover letter; (2) a current resume; and (3) a list of references. Your cover letter should address your personal goals and interests, as well as your experience and interest in carrying out the duties outlined above.

Applications must be submitted to ELI no later than October 15, 2016. Please note: you must use ELI’s online application system. ELI is not unable to consider applications submitted by email, U.S. mail, or hand delivery; nor can late applications be considered. No phone calls, please.  Please send an email to dorsey@eli.org if you have any technical problems complying with these application instructions.

The Environmental Law Institute is strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunity and to achieving an inclusive, diverse workplace that values every individual. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Joining Forces: Protest at Standing Rock a Modern Day Warren County

Although 43 years later, the current pipeline protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota parallel the activism that spurred the environmental justice movement in Warren County, North Carolina. These protests have additional distinctions aside from their difference in time and location. For example, the minority group that faces or faced immediate harm from development (African Americans in Warren County and Native Americans in North Dakota) and the type of land alteration proposed (construction of a landfill in Warren County and a pipeline in North Dakota). However, aside from these differences, both instances of activism share an important similarity.

Both groups utilized other contemporaneously occurring groups and movements to strengthen the effectiveness of their demonstrations. In Warren County, civil rights groups and religious leaders joined local residents. In North Dakota, the Sioux tribe has the support of other Native American tribes, environmentalists, and leaders of the Black Lives Matter Movement among others. The Black Lives Matter organization issued a statement on their website equating the threat of contamination into the Missouri River by the proposed pipeline to the current lead contamination in Flint Michigan drinking water.

In this way, both instances of activism gained momentum and power by banning with movements and groups with complimentary beliefs and ideologies. These sets of protests demonstrate the power of unity, particularly for minority groups; when able to unite, minority groups can enact change that might not be possible individually.

The Black Lives Matter organization goes a step further in their statement on the Standing Rock activism. They assert that the protest in North Dakota is a protest for all of us because it is “[a] movement for the recognition that water is life.” By framing the issue in such general terms, the Black Lives Matter Movement has made the Standing Rock movement a human-rights issue and by doing this will likely garner even more widespread support. Both the Warren County and the North Dakota movement have drawn upon support of others to effect change, specifically in the form of environmental awareness. The Sioux tribe should utilize environmental arguments that frame the pipeline issue in broad terms, such as the right for all to have access to clean water, in order to maximize their support.

Courtney Eggleston, 3L

Wilderness Loss

Wilderness areas around the world are declining in alarming rates. South America and Central Africa experience the largest losses. South America is home to the Amazon, an ecosystem consisting of the world’s largest diversity of species, and the most deforestation. Today, only 20% of Earth’s surface is covered in wilderness.

It is important to note that the loss of most ecosystems and their essential services are irreversible. Some ecosystems services are reproducible, but only at a great cost. The loss of ecosystems includes the extinction of species, many of which had yet to be discovered. Thus, their loss may never fully be realized. On a larger scale, the destruction of wilderness contributes to global warming. Deforestation results in less carbon dioxide filtration and production of oxygen. Thus, the loss of wilderness will eventually erode the health of the entire planet.

The destruction of wilderness raises both issues of environmental justice and international law. The majority of wilderness destruction occurs in third world countries for the benefit of first world countries. Essentially, the resources of the poor are used for the benefit of the rich. Furthermore, communities near the destruction of ecosystems experience harm disproportionately to those who ultimately benefit from it. Often, the pressure of economic development overrides concern for the environment or human health.

Therefore, international cooperation and policies are needed to overcome the problem of wilderness destruction before it is too late. First, it must be acknowledged that wilderness destruction is a global issue that spans national boundaries. Further, loss of wilderness must be closely monitored to prevent unacceptable wilderness destruction. Last, enforcement should be aim to be preventive, not reactive. In all, our planet’s remaining wilderness requires protection more now than ever.

 

Christopher Klapperich, 2nd Year Law Student

Position: Earthjustice, Associate Attorney (Deadline: rolling, San Francisco, CA)

http://earthjustice.org/about/jobs/34498/associate-attorney

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

LOCATION:
San Francisco, CA
DEPARTMENT:  Litigation
JOB TYPE:
Full Time

 

 

With staff in San Francisco and our newly opened Los Angeles office, Earthjustice’s California regional office fights for the rights of all to a healthy environment, including: protecting communities and public lands from oil development, safeguarding ocean ecosystems, advancing clean energy innovation, clearing the air in Los Angeles and the Central Valley, opposing hazardous fossil fuel transport, and fighting dangerous pesticide use.

The Associate Program is designed to help early career attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various aspects of public-interest litigation.  The term for the associate position is two to three years although it may be extended, consistent with program staffing needs, in the case of exceptionally qualified applicants with demonstrated progress and ability.  Many associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice or with other conservation organizations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The level of duties and responsibilities for an Associate Attorney will vary depending on experience. However, among other responsibilities, the Associate will:

  • Conduct legal and factual research and prepare memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects.
  • Review and analyze a paper record and interviewing fact witnesses and scientific experts.
  • Draft motions, briefs and other pleadings.
  • Prepare comments on proposed agency actions, permits, and environmental review documents.
  • Investigate facts and assist with case development.
  • Assist in or take the lead in preparing a legal brief and might appear in court under the supervision of a more senior attorney.
  • Interact with clients on a regular basis.
  • Communicate with the news media.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce.

  • Supervisory Responsibilities: Hire and supervise law students who work at Earthjustice as interns or clerks.

The associate program is designed to help early career attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various aspects of public-interest litigation.  The term for the associate position is two to three years although it may be extended, consistent with program staffing needs, in the case of exceptionally qualified applicants with demonstrated progress and ability.  Many associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice or with other conservation organizations.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Law school graduate who is admitted or willing to apply for admission, to the state Bar where they are located.
  • Preferably, one to four years of litigation or other relevant experience post law school.
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Strong self-motivation.
  • An ability and willingness to work closely with others.
  • A commitment to public interest work and the role of Earthjustice and its mission.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit a:

  • Resume.
  • Cover letter.
  • Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your work.
  • Law school transcript.
  • List of three professional references.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled

Please, no phone calls, hard copies, or drop-ins. If you’re having technical difficulties submitting your application, please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org.

Fellowship: Center for Food Safety, Legal Fellow (Deadline: rolling, Honolulu, Hawaii)

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/jobs/4460/legal-fellowship

Legal Fellowship
August 30, 2016
Hawaii

Overview: Center for Food Safety (CFS), the nation’s leading public interest organization devoted to legal advocacy in food law and sustainable agriculture, is seeking applications for a staff attorney position in its Hawai‘i office. Center for Food Safety (CFS) is the nation’s leading nonprofit public interest and environmental advocacy organization that addresses the impacts of the industrial food production system on human health, animal welfare, and the environment. In addition to our Honolulu office, CFS also has offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, California, and Portland Oregon. CFS represents over 500,000 farmer and consumer members nationwide. CFS works to achieve its goals through litigation, legislation, scientific reports, public education, grassroots campaigns, market pressure, and media outreach. CFS’s legal team manages an active docket of impact litigation and high-profile cases on issues related to genetic engineering, factory farms, food safety and food labeling, pollinators, pesticides, organics, aquaculture, soil and climate, seed diversity, and nanotechnology.

Position Description: The Legal Fellowship is a paid, one-year appointment, with the possibility of an additional year if both parties agree. The Legal Fellow will be primarily based in the Hawaii office, with the possibility of short-term travels and training to our San Francisco, California or Portland, Oregon offices to work alongside the legal team on litigation in federal and state court, including appeals courts. The Legal Fellow’s tasks will include, but not limited to: performing legal research, investigating and developing cases, drafting pleadings, participating in discovery, and supporting the legal team as needed through all stages of litigation. The Legal Fellow will also participate in CFS’s policy and legislative initiatives by, among other things, submitting rulemaking petitions and comments to federal and state agencies and assisting in drafting state and federal legislation and local ordinances.

Qualifications: CFS is seeking motivated recent law school graduates interested in doing meaningful litigation and policy work on behalf of the public and the environment. The fellowship is open to students who graduated law school in 2014 or 2015, or who will graduate in 2016, including those completing judicial clerkships. The ideal candidate would have:

  • an interest in and experience with administrative and environmental law or another relevant area (including relevant coursework);
  • demonstrated commitment to practicing public interest environmental law or food and agriculture law;
  • excellent legal research, writing, and communication skills;
    self-motivation and the ability to work independently;
  • a willingness to work closely with others and perform administrative tasks in a small, team‑oriented office environment; and
  • timely admission to the Hawai‘i bar.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, list of three references (two may be from law school; one must be a legal employment supervisor), and non-academic writing sample to clerkships@centerforfoodsafety.org. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.

CFS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, nationality, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

CFS salaries are competitive and based on experience, and include a strong benefits package.