White River Environmental Law Writing Competition (Deadline: Dec. 11, 2017)

Sponsored by the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and Vermont Law School

Contest Information

The winning essay will receive a $1000 cash prize and an offer of publication with the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. At the discretion of the reviewing editors, additional submissions may also receive offers of publication. The winner of the competition will be announced in early 2018.

Topic
Applicants are invited to submit original essays addressing any relevant topic in the fields of environmental law, natural resource law, energy law, environmental justice, land use law, animal law, and agricultural law.
Eligibility and Judging Criteria
The competition is open to all students currently pursuing a degree (J.D. or LL.M) at an accredited law school in the United States. Submissions written as a class component, as a journal requirement, or otherwise for academic credit are acceptable. All submissions should:
Address a relevant topic in environmental law
Be between 15-30 double-spaced pages in length
Contain accurate Blue Book citations in footnote form
Adhere to standard conventions of American grammar and spelling
Display original work and research that has not been previously published

All submissions will be reviewed by the editors of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. Criteria for reviewing submissions include originality of ideas, depth of research, timeliness and relevance of topics addressed, and writing quality.

Submission Requirement
All submissions should be e-mailed in either Word or PDF format to vjel@vermontlaw.edu by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on December 11, 2017. Please include “Competition Submission” in the e-mail subject line. To ensure anonymity and impartiality in the judging of submissions, please include with your submission a cover page that includes your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, law school, and year of graduation. Do not include your name or any other personal information in any other part of your submission.

Position: Director, Texas A&M Energy Institute (Deadline: unclear, consideration starts Dec. 1, College Station, TX)

 

Position Announcement
Director, Texas A&M Energy Institute
The Texas A&M Energy Institute (http://energy.tamu.edu ) was founded in 2009 and it is a joint institute between Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). It is led by a director who reports to the Texas A&M University Vice President for Research. The Texas A&M Energy Institute pursues and supports new approaches for multi-disciplinary energy research, education and external partnerships. These approaches cross departmental and college boundaries and address all facets of the energy landscape that naturally connect engineering, sciences, technologies, economics, law and policy. Dedicated to discovering energy solutions and improving the quality of life, the Texas A&M Energy Institute engages undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral associates, research staff, and faculty members toward the study and development of innovative technologies and policies for energy production and energy conservation.
The Energy Institute engages in interdisciplinary research with over 250 faculty affiliates from nine colleges, more than 20 Texas A&M University departments, two Texas A&M University branch campuses, and two Texas A&M University System agencies. Beyond research, it aims to educate the next generation of leaders in energy through its innovative Master of Science in Energy and Energy Certificate educational programs, foster an integrated approach and research agenda across disciplines and develop quantitative tools for the analysis of energy systems that will point the way to sustainability for decision-makers and a better quality of life.
The Energy Institute Director is the chief academic and administrative official for the institute whose responsibilities include:
1. Guiding the development and implementation of a vision for the Energy Institute.
2. Overseeing the Master in Energy and Certificate in Energy programs and providing leadership in energy education and energy research across Texas A&M.
3. Working to ensure resources necessary for the smooth operation of the Energy Institute, including from external awards and business and industry collaborations.
4. Fostering and engaging the growing Energy Institute faculty affiliates and carrying forward the vision on interdisciplinary engagement and inclusiveness across campus.
5. Engaging external agencies, stakeholders and industries at the local, state, national, and international levels to promote the vision, goals and activities of the Energy Institute.
6. Working to create a community of energy scholars and provide an internal and external point of entry for identifying and contacting energy expertise at Texas A&M.
7. Closely following new trends and emerging fields in energy research where Texas A&M can successfully position itself for funding opportunities and collaborations.
Preference for the position will be given to candidates who are qualified to hold an appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure at Texas A&M University. Inquiries, nominations and candidate materials, including a CV and narrative describing background, qualifications and brief a strategic vision for the Energy Institute can be sent in confidence to Ms. Shelly Martin via email to shelly.martin@tamu.edu . Consideration of applicants will begin December 1, 2017 but the position will remain open until filled. For further information, please contact Dr. Karen Butler-Purry, Interim Vice President for Research and search committee chair at vpr@tamu.edu .
Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Fellowship: 2018-2020 Fellow in Climate Change Law, Columbia University Law School, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law (Deadline: Jan 15, 2018, but rolling review; New York City)

Here’s another fellowship opportunity that came across my email.

“Ongoing search for the 2018-2020 Climate Law Fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. The listing is available here. The university does not use this language in its postings, but we do strongly encourage people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, and those with disabilities to apply.

The deadline to apply is January 15, but applications are taken on a rolling basis, so I always recommended highly interested candidates apply before then.

Please forward to graduating students and those within 3 years of their JD or LLM who you think might be interested.”

Fellowship: Fellow in Conservation Law, Environmental Resilience Institute, Indiana University (Deadline: unclear, Bloomington, IA)

The Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) at Indiana University (IU) invites applications for a Fellow position in conservation law to begin in Fall 2018; the appointment is renewable for up to four years. Applicants with interests in private-land conservation, easements and other property tools, bird migration conservation, and public-private collaborations are especially encouraged to apply. Potential for collaborations with faculty and other fellows within the Environmental Resilience Institute as well as outside partners will be considered assets. Fellows will enjoy a generous research allowance, a rich collaborative environment, and eligibility to serve as PI on external grants. Fellows may work with law faculty and other attorneys affiliated with the Conservation Law Center (http://conservationlawcenter.org/).

The position is part of IU’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative (http://grandchallenges.iu.edu/p4ec). With a primary appointment in the ERI, the successful candidate will join a cohort of twelve Fellows of the ERI and a growing community of colleagues across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities who are engaged in this collaborative program of research and communication about environmental change. Formal affiliation with relevant department(s) and school(s) will be arranged on a case-by-case basis. Excellent fellow candidates will have experience with and openness toward multi-and trans-disciplinary collaborative research.

Applicants must have a J.D. prior to employment along with demonstrated relevant research or practice experience in conservation law; applicants with prior post-J.D. experience will be favored in the review process. Fellows will be expected to develop independent research programs that interface with ERI’s multidisciplinary initiative. Appointment will be for two years initially, with opportunity for renewal.

Apply through: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/4905

[Additional info:   The fellow will have the opportunity to work closely with Robert Fischman, Dan Cole, and Bill Weeks. The fellow’s office will be located at the law school, but there will be opportunities for collaboration with the Conservation Law Center, the Ostrom Workshop, and the Environmental Resilience Institute.]

California Supreme Court Retains Bar Exam Pass Score at 1440

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The California Supreme Court decided to keep the passing score for the Bar Exam at 1440, the second highest in the nation.   The review was prompted in large part by the steady decline in the Bar pass in recent years.  The pass rate for the 2016 July Bar Exam (which most new law graduate take) stood at about 43%, compared to 55-60% in earlier years.

As is well-known, California has the lowest bar passage rate in the country.  Of all the 50 states, Nebraska’s was the highest nationwide, at almost twice that for last July’s Bar Exam, 82%.  For comparison, other states’ bar passage rate for last July’s exam:  New York – 64%, Florida – 59%, Texas – 71%, Illinois – 72%, Massachusetts – 71%, Pennsylvania – 69%, Virginia – 73%, Washington – 70%, New Jersey – 65%, Georgia – 66%.  (The only jurisdiction that had a 100% pass rate was the Northern Mariana Islands, but it is not a state and only had 2 persons take the exam last July.)

Clearly, many lawyers who are unable to meet the requirements in California would have passed the bar exam in other jurisdictions.

For a complete listing of bar passage rates across the country, see the National Committee of Bar Examiner’s report for 2016.

Position: Vermont Law School, Clinical Assistant Professor (Deadline: Oct. 27, 2017, South Royalton, VT)

Vermont Law School

Institute for Energy and the Environment

 

Clinical Assistant Professor Description

September 2017

 

VERMONT LAW SCHOOL invites applications for a Clinical Assistant Professor position to lead research, create open source resources, and teach in the law school’s new Farm and Energy Initiative, which is a joint project of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE).   The position is anticipated to begin in January 2018 with the start of the spring semester but later start dates will be considered.

 

Given the importance of both agriculture and energy production to our economy and the critical need to improve the sustainability of both sectors, this new initiative provides a leading edge leadership opportunity for a highly qualified attorney.  Some of the compelling policy areas this new initiative could address include

  • promoting farms energy self-reliance,
  • solar siting on agricultural land while protecting soil resources,
  • future feasibility of biofuels as an energy resource, including impacts to agricultural production and lifecycle analysis, and
  • the use of biodigestors to manage the reuse of organic waste & generate local energy.

 

Qualifications

 

  • A minimum of 2 years of legal experience
  • Clinical teaching experience
  • Experience and interest in mentoring and supervising students
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work – a background in energy, agriculture or both
  • 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
  • Strong academic credentials
  • An active U.S. bar membership

 

Vermont Law School is the top-ranked school for environmental law in the country.  Our graduates become attorneys and environmental professionals who work across the country and the globe.  We offer a rich array of environmental courses and a range of degrees including a Masters and LLM in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy and a Masters and LLM in Energy Regulation and Law as well as certificates in the JD program in food and agriculture law and energy law.  More information about our environmental program is available at http://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/environmental-law-center.

 

Vermont Law School’s mission is to educate lawyers for the community and the world. The faculty believes that its scholarship, teaching and service should be meaningful and relevant to the local, national, and international communities. The law school is dedicated to building a diverse faculty, and it strongly encourages candidates of color, women, veterans, and members of other underrepresented groups to apply. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, law school transcript, writing sample and names of three references to IEE Director Kevin Jones, Vermont Law School, 164 Chelsea Street, South Royalton, VT 05068.  Electronic applications are strongly preferred and can be submitted to energyclinic@vermontlaw.edu. Materials should be submitted by 5pm October 27, 2017, and clearly marked ” Clinical Assistant Professor for Farm and Energy Initiative,” although submissions received after this time may be considered until the position is filled.

Position: Legal Officer P4, United Nations Environment Programme (Deadline: Nov. 5, 2017, Nairobi, Kenya)

This opening for a lawyer at the UNEP in Nairobi is a rare opportunity.

https://inspira.un.org/psc/UNCAREERS/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/UN_CUSTOMIZATIONS.UN_JOB_DETAIL.GBL?Page=UN_JOB_DETAIL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=83520&PostingSeq=1

Posting Title:
LEGAL OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title:
LEGAL OFFICER
Department/ Office:
United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station:
NAIROBI
Posting Period:
22 September 2017-5 November 2017
Job Opening number:
17-LEG-UNEP-83520-R-NAIROBI (R)
Staffing Exercise ID:
N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 January 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Vietnam.

The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided.

If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received.. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UN Environment’s Law Division is the lead Division charged with carrying out the functions of UN Environment in the field of environmental law, governance and related policy issues, including those related to multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). To fulfill its mandate, the Division’s work focuses on: leading the international community in the progressive development of environmental law; supporting States in the development and implementation of legal, institutional and policy measures that address emerging and important environmental challenges; facilitating cooperation and coordination among MEAs and between UNEP and those agreements; working with MEA Secretariats to support Parties to the respective MEAs in implementing their treaty obligations; and facilitating policy dialogue among States on issues relating to international environmental law and governance. This position is located in the Law Division of the UN Environment Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Under the supervision of the Head, National Environmental Law Unit, the incumbent is responsible for:

Responsibilities

1. Develop legal frameworks and regulatory mechanisms relating to key environmental priorities, including on UN Environment’s climate change sub-programme:
•Collaborate with relevant multilateral agencies responsible for the development of environmental law, including those on climate change and energy, to ensure compliance.
• Develop in collaboration with other UN Environment Divisions and other partners’ normative tools and methodologies.

2. Programme development:
•Identify, assess and monitor relevant priorities, trends, developments and policies relating to environmental law and governance, including those relating to climate change.
•Provide advice to the Division in the form of legal and policy options, briefs and reports on emerging issues.

3. Liaise with UN Environment’s stakeholders and the countries to support global and regional inter-governmental environmental processes, including those on climate change:
•Enhance expertise of national stakeholders in environmental law and governance, including on climate change and energy, and on compliance through capacity building, networking and training;
•Monitor on-going and emerging international processes, identifying potential areas for UN Environment’s strategic interventions and catalyze UN Environment-wide response and actions.

4. Facilitate a series of high-level meetings/fora on the nexus between science and environmental policy, including climate science and climate policy with emphasis on latest findings and negotiations:
•Guide national negotiators in effective participation in international negotiation processes on environmental issues, including climate change and energy;
•Analyze emerging issues related to negotiations on environmental matters, including on climate change and energy and prepare position and policy papers on UN Environment’s approach to specific or emerging issues in the field.

5. Represent UN Environment in policy-making and substantive inter-agency meetings:
•Provide guidance and coordinate the scientific, technical and administrative actions;
•Generate and disseminate reliable information on environmental law and approaches, including on climate change and energy;
•Exchange professional experience with the scientific community, societies and organizations;
•Identify and develop new portfolio of climate change and energy law concepts and project proposals;
•Provide substantive guidance to Governments to help integrate environmental law, including climate and energy law project proposals at the national and international level;
•Advise Governments on emerging issues to enable them identify their needs and requirements.

Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of environmental law and governance, both substantive and procedural. Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues, including those of a unique and/or complex nature; proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare legal briefs, opinions, and a variety of legal instruments and related documents. Discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects. Knowledge of contemporary international relations and of the UN system, organization and interrelationships. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

•Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors on-going developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

An advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in environmental law or related area. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in environmental law and governance, including legal analysis, research and writing. Experience in technical assistance in the development and strengthening of national environmental law and strengthening capacity to implement, comply with and enforce environmental laws and multilateral environmental agreements is highly desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of other United Nations official language is an asset.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.