Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Student Internship Opportunity with Children's Trust (Eugene, Oregon)

Internship with "Children's Trust." For description of their work, see ad below.  Location of internship would be with organization in Eugene, Oregon.
Legal Intern – Spring, Summer, Fall

Our Children’s Trust is seeking several law students interested in public interest environmental

law during the spring, summer, and fall of 2013. Summer internships are 10-weeks, full-time.

Spring and fall internships can be full- or part-time, and work can be done remotely or in our

office in Eugene, Oregon.

Our Children’s Trust (OCT) is a nonprofit organization with the purpose to protect earth’s

natural systems and atmosphere for current and future generations. OCT is coordinating a legal

campaign in every U.S. state and against the federal government on behalf of youth based on the

public trust doctrine. The TRUST Campaign uses Atmospheric Trust Litigation (ATL) as the

legal tool to compel governments to act and consists of litigation and administrative petitions to

force the carbon reduction necessary to restore climate equilibrium on the planet. To that end,

OCT is working with attorneys and top climate scientists from around the world. OCT is also

part of a coalition of organizations coordinating a global youth-led climate legal initiative.

The legal intern will assist OCT’s legal efforts in state and federal actions, and internationally.

The intern’s work will directly support ATL and will include assisting attorneys around the

country and world in their ATL efforts; working with experts; conducting legal research; drafting

legal memoranda; drafting, reviewing, and editing complaints, briefs, and motions; and assisting

with discovery.

We rely heavily on legal interns for these tasks, placing a premium on careful, accurate, and selfdirected

work. Each intern is responsible for monitoring her/his own workload. Julia Olson, OCT

Executive Director and an attorney on the federal ATL case, will supervise the intern, providing

the intern with varied work experiences and holding regular meetings with the legal interns to

review and discuss their work.

The intern will be exposed to administrative, jurisdictional, statutory, and constitutional issues in

multiple jurisdictions. This is an unprecedented opportunity for a law student to be part of a

cutting-edge legal strategy, by involving an ancient doctrine of sovereign responsibility and

working with some of the top attorneys and scientists from around the world to address the

climate crisis.

You can find out more about OCT at our website:


These internship positions are unpaid, however, OCT is willing to support law students in

securing outside funding or academic credit for their work.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, copy of law school transcript (unofficial version is okay), a

short writing sample (no more than 7 pages), and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of

three references (at least one legal) to Elizabeth Brown at: ebrown@ourchildrenstrust.org. Please

put “Legal Internship Spring/Summer/Fall 2013” in the subject line. There is no application

deadline, but we will start reviewing summer applications on January 31, 2013.


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