Fellowship: Legal Fellow (2017-18), Vermont Law School, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (Deadline: unclear, South Royalton, VT)


Legal Fellow – Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

The Legal Fellow at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) will work with faculty, staff, and students on legal projects and initiatives, helping to oversee and implement grant-funded legal and policy projects to support sustainable food and agriculture. CAFS initiatives include the Healthy Food Policy Project and the Farm to School State Legislative Survey, among others. The Legal Fellow develops novel legal tools to improve food and agriculture; translates those tools for broad use (e.g., through social media, web resources, and in-person trainings); supervises students; conducts outreach to local, regional, and national organizations to create strategic partnerships that amplify our progressive work; and helps to develop funding sources.  This is a two-year position, with the second year contingent on funding availability and on performance.



  • Bar Licensure (VT Bar a plus, but not required)
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work – a background in food and agriculture is desirable but not required
  • Excellent legal analysis, research, and writing
  • High degree of professionalism in all aspects of lawyering
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Creativity and flexibility in approaching and solving problems

For more information on this and other positions, please visit our website at http://www.vermontlaw.edu/community/about-vls/employment-opportunities.

Apply via the link above or send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Human Resources, Vermont Law School, P.O. Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068 or to cbrackett@vermontlaw.edu.

Vermont Law School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in our workforce.

Student Scholarships for 2017 California State Bar Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite (Deadline: July 13, 2017)


The annual Yosemite conference for the section is scheduled for October 19-22, 2017.



The Environmental Law Section of The State Bar of California is pleased to offer at least 25 tuition scholarships AND five (5) Michael H. Remy Scholarships which include tuition, transportation, and hotel accommodations, courtesy of Remy Moose Manley LLP.


Students, practitioners and other environmental law professionals are invited to apply. The Scholarship Committee will review all applications received by the deadline. Scholarships will be awarded based on the following considerations:

1. Financial Need

2. Environmental Law Interest (for Students)

3. Environmental Law Practice (for Practitioners and other Environmental Law professionals)

4. Environmental Law Section Membership & Support (for Practitioners and other Environmental Law professionals)


To apply for a 2017 Scholarship, complete the Scholarship Application Form [see link at top], attach resume only, and return both by mail or email. Application and resume must be received by July 13, 2017. Note: we cannot confirm receipt of scholarship applications, and recommend that you include the “read receipt requested” option with an email filing.

Mail: Environmental Law Section Yosemite Scholarship The State Bar of California 180 Howard Street, San Francisco CA 94105

Email: enviroyosemite@calbar.ca.gov

Successful applicants will be notified by email after August 21, 2017.

For additional information please contact State Bar staff at (415) 538-2582.

In early August, the 2017 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite brochure will be posted on the Section’s website: http://environmental.calbar.ca.gov.

Environmental PhD program opportunity at Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Came across this PhD program opportunity in my inbox.  Wuhan Law Schools has one of the top environmental law programs in China; however, location in China is of course an important factor to consider.

“The Research Institute of Environmental Law (RIEL) is the top research center in China for environmental law. Beginning this year, full scholarships will support students to enrol in the Institute’s English-language PhD Program. Scholarship information is attached. The current scholarship program will be continued into 2018, and beyond, with new One Belt, One Road Initiative funding. Suitably qualified persons from all countries of the world are encouraged to apply. Research is supported in all areas of environmental law, whether focused on China or not. In addition to an experienced and diversified faculty, RIEL is home to two English-language international journals: Climate Law, and the new Chinese Journal of Environmental Law (both published by Brill/Nijhoff). Expressions of interest in RIEL’s PhD Program should be sent in the first instance to Professor Alexander Zahar, Luojia Distinguished Professor, Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University, email: zahar.edu@gmail.com.”

Position: Earthjustice, Vice President of Litigation (Deadline: rolling, Washington, DC)


The Vice President for Litigation, Washington DC, is a member of the organization’s leadership team and oversees the direction and effectiveness of select strategic initiatives. As currently conceived, these initiatives include the following, and may include others as assigned:

  • Litigation and advocacy strategy on access to courts and regulatory reform
  • National litigation and advocacy on clean air.
  • National litigation and advocacy on toxic chemicals and pesticides.
  • Litigation and advocacy under Title VI.
  • Client and partnership development associated with these areas of responsibility.

The VP reports to the President of Earthjustice and collaborates closely with the other program VP colleagues, as well as managing attorneys, dedicated program staff, and members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) which includes the President, the litigation VPs, and department VPs (Communications, Policy & Legislation, Development, Operations, Diversity and Inclusion) to ensure that Earthjustice pursues the most important environmental goals and the most effective strategies.  In partnership with the other program VPs, this position integrates efforts across offices and departments, and requires collaboration with staff across all departments. The VP is well-grounded in the work of the organization both factually and legally, and seeks to maximize funding opportunities and efficiently manage the program. In practice, this means significant time and attention to fundraising and donor relations, client relations and networking, keeping current on external developments legally, politically, and environmentally, engaging with the Board including with frequent reporting, being an Earthjustice “ambassador” or media spokesperson as needed, and basic program and personnel management.

Each Litigation VP is also responsible for working with the other litigation VPs for maintaining litigation excellence and overseeing the litigation department as a whole, with substantial time devoted to both substantive legal practice and administrative needs.  Each litigation VP is routinely involved in resolving institutional issues as they arise, whether or not they relate directly to the VP’s program.  Finally, as a member of SLT, the VP is responsible for contributing to overall institutional direction and SLT-level decision-making.


Strategic Direction and Vision for Select Initiatives and High-Quality, Effective Litigation

  • Provides strategic leadership to ensure the development and effective prosecution of far-reaching, high impact litigation.
  • Collaborates with managing attorneys and other relevant staff, to ensure that Earthjustice advocacy achieves strategic program goals.
  • In conjunction with managing attorneys, other relevant staff, and the organization’s program leadership team, ensures that associated communications and policy/legislative advocacy strategies are in place (managed internally or by clients or allies) to move toward achieving identified goals and outcomes.
  • Helps identify gaps, weaknesses, and lessons learned as the program grows and changes.
  • Oversees the direction and management of the Washington, DC, regional office to ensure effective, high-quality litigation and advocacy with the highest ethical standards.
  • Effectively manages and develops staff, creates a productive and rewarding work environment, and in collaboration with managing attorneys, effectively recruits and retains the highest quality legal staff.
  • Pursues opportunities to diversify program and staff with a focus on (a) fostering an inclusive work environment that is hospitable to, respectful of, and conducive to success of staff from all backgrounds; and, (b) identifying and pursuing opportunities to diversify our client base to include communities of color and/or economically disadvantaged communities that experience disproportionate environmental impact.

Integration, Coordination, and Intra-Organization Communication

  • Works closely and collaboratively with the other program VPs in leading the litigation program and ensuring a well-integrated litigation program for the entire organization; to achieve this goal, the VP must also be generally knowledgeable about the objectives and work of the entire litigation program.
  • Facilitates collaboration among regional offices and between litigation staff and Communications, Policy and Legislation, and Development staff on relevant program issues.
  • Works closely with the VPs of Policy and Legislation and Communications in aligning vision and prioritizing allocation of cross-departmental resources to advance program objectives.

Effective Member of Leadership Team

  • Reports to, supports and is an effective partner for the President.
  • Keeps organizational leadership informed about relevant program.
  • Maintains the trust and confidence of the President and colleagues.
  • Participates effectively in organizational decision-making, including priority-setting, planning and budget.

Board Relations, Education, and Inspiration

  • Participates in the board litigation approval process issues.
  • Provides updates to the board.
  • Inspires and earns the confidence of the board.
  • Educates and keeps the board apprised about developments of the program and our unique mission.

External Presence and Voice for Select Program Initiatives

  • Helps Earthjustice articulate its vision for the program and serves as a leading spokesperson for Earthjustice to the outside world (e.g., funders, supporters, media and policy makers), working with PAL and the Communications Advocacy team.
  • Ensures that he/she or other staff are recognized experts and visionaries in spheres that matter for our work.
  • May include participation in high level policy discussions at a national level.
  • Works with fundraising staff to identify and capitalize on funding opportunities; builds positive relationships with major donors and foundations via effective communications; provides program leadership for Development department.
  • Works with litigation staff and others to provides program information to the other departments so that they can be as effective as possible.
  • Identifies and capitalizes on media opportunities.
  • Engages in direct advocacy work on select issues.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Managing Attorneys of designated regional offices and dedicated program staff.


  • JD degree.
  • Attorney with 12 or more years’ experience in environmental litigation and/or legal advocacy.
  • Experience with a diverse range of environmental issues; significant experience with federal policy issues.
  • Excellent litigation skills.
  • Experience leading, designing and participating in regional and/or national environmental campaigns.
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent people management skills; experience managing lawyers.
  • Demonstrated success in managing and working with teams.
  • Formal and informal advocacy skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Excellent computer skills (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • 25% or more travel time.
  • 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.

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.


Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter.

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

Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application.  No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.

Position: Columbia University Law School, Sabin Center Staff Attorney (2017-18) Deadline: not available, NY, NY)


Sabin Center Staff Attorney

Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law is seeking an Associate Research Scholar who will serve as the Center’s staff attorney from September 2017 to September 2018.  Reporting to the Faculty Director and Executive Director of the Center, the incumbent will develop and implement strategic research concerning climate change mitigation and adaptation; contribute to advocacy-oriented programs and projects; assist with the research administration of the Center; and supervise interns and volunteers.

Applicants must have received a J.D. or equivalent degree, and should have 3 years of work experience in environmental, energy or natural resources law and policy. Ability to exercise independent judgment, work under pressure, supervise multiple research and support staff, work with students from the law school and other graduate and undergraduate programs, and prioritize and carry out multiple tasks with minimal supervision is a must.

A detailed job description and instructions on how to apply online can be found by clicking the following link: academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=64347

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer –Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

Position: Georgetown Law School Climate Center, Institute Associate (Deadline: none provided, Washington, DC)


  • Institute Associate, Georgetown Climate Center – Georgetown University Law Center

  • Requirements

    Institute Associate, Georgetown Climate Center – Georgetown University Law Center

    The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center – part of Georgetown Law – seeks to advance effective climate and energy policies in the United States and serves as a resource to state and local communities that are working to cut carbon pollution and prepare for climate change.  The Center informs the development of state and federal policies that:

    • Reduce carbon pollution from power plants and stationary sources.
    • Support clean and resilient transportation options.
    • Help communities adapt to climate change.

    The Center works with states, power companies, and non-profit organizations to inform the development and implementation of EPA’s Clean Power Plan and facilitates the Transportation and Climate Initiative — a collaboration that seeks to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector across 11 states and Washington, D.C. The Center also helps states and communities prepare for climate change impacts and works to integrate adaptation planning into all levels of government decision-making.

    The Institute Associate/Project Manager for Power Sector works with the Center ‘s leadership  to conduct advanced research and writing assignments, manage complex projects, manage ongoing state engagement processes, present to external audiences, conduct outreach, and coordinate with outside partners and contractors.  Reporting to the Mitigation Program Manager, the Institute Associate/Project Manager has duties that include but are not limited to:

    • Conducts policy and legal research, analysis and writing on relevant climate policy topics – for example, state power and transportation sector greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation policies.
    • Manages and facilitates state engagement processes, including organizing convenings and regular group calls.
    • Conducts engagement with states and other stakeholders through meetings and calls.
    • Represents the Center at conferences, dialogues, and events.
    • Supervises and coordinates the work of staff, research assistants, outside contractors, and outside partners.
    • Serves as a high-functioning team member with leadership responsibilities.
    • Identifies and responds to opportunities for funding and outreach.


    • Master’s degree – Juris Doctor or equivalent preferred
    • At least 3 years of experience in power sector or transportation sector mitigation policy or related work – for example, clean energy
    • Project management experience, as well as and academic and working knowledge of power sector and/or transportation sector climate change mitigation
    • Strong interpersonal skills, professionalism, and sound judgment
    • Experience using Microsoft office products – for example, developing PowerPoint presentations, creating Excel spreadsheets

    Submission Guidelines:

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    Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at Georgetown University you must submit a cover letter and resume  for each position of interest for which you believe you are qualified. These documents are not kept on file for future positions.

    Need Assistance:

    If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at 202-687-4798 or ideaa@georgetown.edu.

    Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500

    EEO Statement:

    Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.