Strawberry Growers Going Organic Should Utilize Preserved Land

Many strawberry farmers in California have relied on methyl bromide because it is considered “the most effective chemical to control soil-borne pathogens and weeds.” But using this pesticide also comes at a cost: the pesticide is hazardous to humans and the environment, namely because of its negative impact on the ozone layer. Although these consequences have been known since 1987, and its’ use has been restricted in the United States, California farmers continue to depend on the pesticide legally as a result of EPA’s “critical use exemption.” To qualify for the “critical use exemption,” methyl bromide users must believe they have “no technically and economically feasible alternatives” and fill out the required application.

However, California strawberry farmers who continue to use methyl bromide need to consider alternatives to this pesticide because it can no longer be used after this year. Some California famers are considering going organic because of the profitability of organic produce, but they worry about the increase in costs associated with going organic while not reaping the benefits during the requisite transition period and the lack of affordable land in the area.

One option that addresses both issues is for strawberry growers in the Bay Area to acquire land that has a conservation easement attached to it. Many NGO’s, including Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), purchase land and resell it subject to a conservation easement in order to ensure that the land continues to be open space and undeveloped. The restrictions placed on the land allow land users, including farmers, to purchase or rent it at a reduced price. Other organic farmers have utilized this approach and find it beneficial and cost-efficient. Acquiring land at a reduced price will also lessen the financial issues associated with transitioning to organic farming because money is being saved on land-use costs. Strawberry farmers who are considering going organic should work with NGO’s in order to secure affordable land in the Bay Area.

-Courtney Eggleston, SCU Law 3L

In memory of Janet Reno, U.S. Attorney General 1993-2001

Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno passed away earlier today, age 78.  My years as a young Justice Department lawyer, from 1994-1998, were all under her watch, a time that I have many fond memories of.  (I served in the Environment and Natural Resources Division, under AAG Lois Schiffer then.)  Reno set an example of integrity and fairness for all DOJ attorneys, and I was proud to have been a part of DOJ then.

On my last day at the Justice Department (in June 1998), Reno was kind enough to spend a little time with me and my wife Tinling in a private meeting, both to chat and to learn a little about where my next job was going to take me — which happened to be the start of my academic career at Vermont Law School.  I still remember how friendly and warm she was, even though at the time I was just a young and insignificant staff lawyer.  The world is a little poorer without her.

Below is the official photo.  Unfortunately, our own photos of Tinling and I with Reno are somewhere in storage.

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Position: Vermont Law School, Director of Environment and Natural Resources Law Clinic (Deadline: open until filled, South Royalton, VT)

https://vermontlaw.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=77966

 

Professor and Director of the ENRLC
About Vermont Law School:

Vermont Law School’s top-ranked environmental program includes a curriculum of more than 60 environmental law courses, as well as master’s and LLM degrees in three areas – environmental law and policy, energy regulation and law, and food and agriculture law and policy.  About a quarter of our JD students are enrolled as joint JD/master’s degree students.


Job Description:

Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic

The ENRLC forms a key component of the environmental education we offer our students.  The program functions as a public interest environmental law firm and gives students the opportunity to hone their skills in real-world cases and projects.  The ENRLC is organized into four main program areas – Water and Justice, Coal and Climate, Healthy Communities, and Biodiversity – and we retain the flexibility to take on cases and projects outside these areas as well.  The clinic’s work includes a mix of litigation, administrative agency proceedings, client counseling, and other forms of environmental advocacy.  Our clients are community groups and conservation organizations, and we partner with a wide variety of organizations at the local, regional, and national level.  The ENRLC offers students three enrollment options during the fall and spring:  part-time (6 credits), three-quarter time (9 credits), and full-time (13 credits).  Students may also participate in a summer session for up to 9 credits toward the JD or MELP degree. The ENRLC staff consists of a Director, two supervising attorneys, part-time senior counsel, one or two clinic fellows (LLM students working part-time in the clinic while pursuing their LLM degrees), and a litigation paralegal.  The ENRLC selects approximately 16 students for each of the fall, spring, and summer terms.  More information about the program is available on the ENRLC website:  http://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/ENRLC.

Duties and Responsibilities

The ENRLC Director is charged with administering the ENRLC and supervising its faculty, staff, and student clinicians, including the following general duties and responsibilities:

  • Serving as lead attorney in several cases and projects and providing close supervision and feedback to student clinicians involved in those matters.
  • Evaluating and selecting new cases and projects in consultation with other ENRLC faculty and staff.
  • Supervising staff attorneys, LLM Fellows, and student clinicians involved in other cases and projects.
  • Overseeing weekly Case Reviews (case rounds) and Seminars (workshops on various environmental advocacy topics).
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with other environmental clinics and clinical organizations, and the public interest environmental law community.
  • Overseeing student recruitment and assessment.
  • Managing and developing public relations materials including the website, newsletters, social media, and reports to faculty and trustees.
  • Developing the program budget for administrative approval, and monitoring income and expenditures.
  • Raising funds for the program through grants and donations, with the assistance of the advancement office.
  • Participating in faculty meetings and committees.

The ENRLC Director is expected to participate fully in the broader academic life of Vermont Law School. For example, Directors and staff attorneys have represented VLS at AALS and ABA meetings, the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, and other gatherings; served as mentors and advisors to 1L students; taught courses in the regular academic program or summer program (such as Environmental Law, Watershed Management, and Air Pollution Law & Policy); participated as guest lecturers in other courses; published scholarly articles and book chapters; served on panels at VLS conferences; and interacted with new and traditional media on behalf of the school.


Requirements:

Candidates should have a minimum of 10-15 years of public interest environmental litigation experience, substantial experience supervising staff attorneys and other personnel, and experience with office management and fundraising. Candidates must be a member of the Vermont Bar or be able to waive in.  A demonstrated commitment to and temperament for teaching and mentoring is essential.  Experience in clinical legal education is desirable.  Doctrinal teaching experience within the legal academy is helpful, but not necessary.


Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and references to Chantelle Brackett, Human Resources & Payroll Manager, Vermont Law School, PO Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068.  Electronic applications are strongly preferred and can be submitted online here.  Applications will be considered as they are submitted.  Nominations of candidates are also welcome. The position will remain open until filled.

Internship: Environmental Integrity Project, Law Clerk – Spring 2017 & Summer 2017 (Deadline: rolling, Washington, DC)

Job Opportunities

 

LAW CLERK – SPRING 2017

Washington, DC

The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is seeking law clerks for spring 2017 to advance Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other environmental protections at the federal, state, and local levels.  The clerks’ duties will include legal research related to environmental, administrative, and information-collecting statutes and regulations, review of pollution permits and data, and production of legal memoranda, public comments, litigation documents, and issue-focused reports.  Candidates with a background or coursework in environmental/administrative law and a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection are preferred.

Qualifications: Candidates preferably should have completed at least one year of law school and have a strong interest in environmental advocacy.  The ideal candidate will have a background or coursework in environmental/administrative law and a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection and/or non-profit advocacy.  Previous experience with the Clean Air Act and/or the Clean Water Act, developing or litigating cases, commenting on or challenging permits or rules, policy analysis, media outreach, and/or coalition building would also be helpful.  Candidates should be able to handle multiple tasks at once and work well with others, and must demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills.

Compensation / HoursAcademic credit or hourly pay at a competitive nonprofit rate / Full or part-time

To Apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial), and three references by email to larchibald@environmentalintegrity.org.

Applications may also be submitted by mail to the following address: Spring Law Clerk Position, Environmental Integrity Project, 1000 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20005


LAW CLERK – SUMMER 2017

Washington, DC

The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is seeking law clerks for summer 2017 to advance Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other environmental protections at the federal, state, and local levels.  The clerks’ duties will include legal research related to environmental, administrative, and information-collecting statutes and regulations, review of pollution permits and data, and production of legal memoranda, public comments, litigation documents, and issue-focused reports.  Candidates with a background or coursework in environmental/administrative law and a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection are preferred.

Qualifications: Candidates preferably should have completed at least one year of law school and have a strong interest in environmental advocacy.  The ideal candidate will have a background or coursework in environmental/administrative law and a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection and/or non-profit advocacy.  Previous experience with the Clean Air Act and/or the Clean Water Act, developing or litigating cases, commenting on or challenging permits or rules, policy analysis, media outreach, and/or coalition building would also be helpful.  Candidates should be able to handle multiple tasks at once and work well with others, and must demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills.

Compensation / Hours: EIP pays a competitive non-profit rate.  Summer clerks must work a minimum of 10 40-hour weeks.

To Apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial), and three references by email to larchibald@environmentalintegrity.org.

Applications may also be submitted by mail to the following address: Summer Law Clerk Position, Environmental Integrity Project, 1000 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20005

Externship/Internship: Earthjustice, Extern/Intern Sprint 2017 (Deadline: unknown, Los Angeles, CA)

http://earthjustice.org/about/jobs/34640/legal-externship-spring-2016

LEGAL EXTERNSHIP, SPRING 2017

LOCATION:
Los Angeles, CA
DEPARTMENT:  Litigation
JOB TYPE:
Clerk, Extern or Intern

The Los Angeles branch of the California Regional Office of Earthjustice is seeking law students who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment for spring externships in 2017.
The California Regional office has undertaken campaigns to protect lands and wildlife, improve air and water quality, promote clean energy and transportation policies, and ensure that state residents are protected from toxic substances. The Los Angeles office currently has work focusing on clean energy, air quality in the South Coast and Central Valley, crude-by-rail, and oil and gas development in Kern County and Los Angeles. Our attorneys bring a mix of lawsuits under federal environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act, as well as California statutes like the California Environmental Quality Act, to protect the environment and promote healthy communities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with attorneys on case development and litigation.
  • Under the supervision of an attorney, perform legal and factual research, and develop case strategy and legal theories.
  • Assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions and meet with clients and experts.
  • Participate in moots of oral arguments, and attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel.

    QUALIFICATIONS

  • Currently enrolled in law school.
  • Commitment of at least 16 hours a week.
  • Interest in  environmental protection or environmental justice a plusExterns are unpaid, but can be awarded course credit for work with Earthjustice.

    TO APPLY

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, copy of law school transcripts, writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three legal references. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application.

    No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies

Internship: Western Environmental Law Center, Legal Intern – Summer 2017 (Deadline: Nov. 4, 2016, Helena, MT & Seattle, WA)

http://westernlaw.org/about-us/job-opportunities

 

Legal Internship – Summer 2017

Job Description

The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is accepting applications from law students currently in their second or third year of law school (2L or 3L) for summer 2017 legal internship positions to work with our attorneys in these locations: Helena, Montana; and Seattle, Washington. We are looking for bright and motivated individuals committed to public interest environmental law.

Under the supervision of a staff attorney in the office location in which they are hired, the selected interns will assist our attorneys with case development and strategy, conduct legal research, and draft pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents. The internships are unfunded positions. We will provide assistance to the selected applicants in seeking outside funding or law school credit, and in finding free or inexpensive housing. We offer a flexible summer work schedule to allow for outdoor recreation and travel.

Please email, as PDF attachments, a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, short writing sample of 3-5 pages, and a list of three references to internships@westernlaw.org.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions have been filled. Applications received by Friday, November 4, 2016 will be given first consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews will be conducted by phone.

Please indicate the following in your cover letter: (1) the WELC office location for which you are applying (if you wish to apply for both locations, please specify your order of preference); (2) if you are facing a funding or law school credit application deadline; and (3) your anticipated dates of availability for the summer position.

Western Environmental Law Center is a non-profit public interest environmental law firm. We use the power of the law to safeguard the wildlife, wildlands, and communities of the American West.

WELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our programs and employment are open to all. We value diversity and do not permit any discrimination against applicants, employees, or volunteers on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or disability, or any other status protected by applicable law or statute in any of our policies or programs.