Position: Professor (tenure-track, in Environmental Law Program), University of Hawaii, Richardson School of Law (Deadline: Feb. 23, 2018, Honolulu, HI)

Title: Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (Law)

Position Number: 0085629

Hiring Unit: William S. Richardson School of Law

Location: University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Date Posted: January 22, 2018

Closing Date: February 23, 2018

Salary Information: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Monthly Type: 9 Month

Tenure Track: Tenure

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

Other Conditions: To begin academic year 2018-2019. Rank commensurate with experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be a full time member of the tenured or tenure track faculty in the Law School’s Environmental Law Program (ELP). The energy law focus of the position is on innovative renewable/clean energy, utility regulation, and sustainability and resiliency law and policy, including issues of particular importance to Hawai`i/Pacific/island communities such as energy from solar, ocean, wind, geothermal, and biofuels, and the intersection with climate change, renewable transportation, carbon budgets/markets, natural resources, indigenous rights, environmental justice, and human rights, at the local, regional, national, and international levels. His or her primary teaching, scholarship, and service responsibilities will center on the areas of energy, environmental, and administrative law. The successful candidate will oversee the Law School’s energy law curriculum and projects under the Environmental Law Program in an addition to assisting with other ELP program priorities.

Minimum Qualifications

A record of academic excellence, a Juris Doctor degree or equivalent, and manifest potential for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service.

Desirable Qualifications

Demonstrated experience in energy law and policy in the government, non-profit, or private sector in Hawai`i/Pacific/island contexts.

Excellent interpersonal skills that allow the candidate to inspire and work effectively with diverse groups of students, staff, faculty, alumni, university units, government officials, and members of the bar.

Ability to work effectively in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary contexts.

Hawai`i is a community of rich cultural diversity. We encourage applicants from minority groups, women, and others whose background or interest will contribute to diversity in the faculty. Applications from both experienced teachers and those new to teaching are welcome.

To Apply:

Submit cover letter indicating the position number for which you are applying, how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, full contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references, resume, links to scholarship or writing samples, and transcripts to the following address. Copies of transcripts are acceptable, but original transcripts will be required at time of hire. E-mail applications preferred to: lssearch@hawaii.edu, William S. Richardson School of Law, Attention: Appointments Committee Chair Professor Nicholas Mirkay.

Address:

William S. Richardson School of Law

2515 Dole Street, Room 220

Honolulu, HI 96822

Inquiries: Nicholas Mirkay; 808-956-9435namirkay@hawaii.edu

The University of Hawaiʻi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the University of Hawaii may be viewed at: http://ope.ed.gov/security/, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services Office.

Position: Environmental Law Professor, Howard University School of Law, (deadline: Feb. 8, 2018, Washington, DC)

Howard University School of Law seeks Environmental Law professor

Howard University School of Law invites applications from candidates with an expertise in environmental law. This is for a tenure-track position beginning in the fall semester of 2018. The Law School will also consider applications for a visitor in this area for the academic year 2018-2019.

In addition to Environmental Law courses, the ideal candidate will teach Property and a class on Legislation and Regulation. Applicants should be prepared to spend significant time outside the classroom working with students.

Candidates must have a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, distinguished academic credentials, a record of excellence in practice or in academia, and the record or potential to become an outstanding teacher and scholar.

Interested persons should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names of references, and subject area preferences (electronic submissions only) to Professor Josephine Ross, Chair of the Initial Appointments Subcommittee at jross.howardlaw@gmail.com. Please also include Ms. Donnice Butler in the email: donnice.butler@law.howard.edu.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, but for best consideration, please email your materials by February 8, 2018.

Howard University School of Law is committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.  We encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and others whose background, experience, and viewpoints contribute to the diversity of our institution.

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

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.