Friday, January 24, 2014

Position: CIEL Program Director for People, Land & Resources, Center for Int. Env. Law, Wash. DC (Deadline: Jan. 27, 2014)

Unfortunately, I learned about this position only today. Deadline was already extended previously and is now January 27, 2014, i.e. Monday.

Vacancy Announcement: CIEL Program Director for People, Land & Resources

December 2013

The Center for International Environmental Law is seeking a Program Director for its People, Land & Resources Program (PLR). For more than 20 years, CIEL has used the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights, and ensure a just and sustainable society. CIEL’s dynamic team of international attorneys and experts work together in a collaborative and supportive work environment to tackle some of the most interesting and challenging issues facing people and the planet.
CIEL has built a reputation as one of the leading watchdogs of development finance institutions, and continues to play a vital role in defending the environment and communities against the adverse impacts of development by ensuring that the laws and policies governing development activities are consistent with those protecting the environment and human rights. The PLR program uses environmental and human rights standards related to development and other legal tools in innovative ways to strengthen international law, empower communities to use international law to defend their rights, ensure international financial flows safeguard the environment and human rights, and increase corporate accountability. We are currently seeking a dynamic individual to join us in these efforts.
The Program Director, PLR is a management position requiring substantial experience in international environmental and human rights law, policy and practice relating to development finance, ability to manage diverse staff, and demonstrated success in creating and implementing effective campaigns. The position serves as CIEL’s institutional lead on finance, development and accountability mechanisms, and bears primary responsibility for the strategic development and administrative oversight for the program. In consultation with the President and other relevant staff, the Program Director will work with team members to define program objectives consistent with CIEL’s mission and strategic plan, secure program funding from foundations and donors, implement campaigns consistent with objectives and available resources, and oversee administrative matters relating to the program. The position is based in Washington, D.C., and requires periodic international travel.
This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned professional who: has significant experience in international environmental law, policy, and practice; is able to manage diverse staff; and has demonstrated success in developing and implementing effective campaigns. Minimum qualifications for the position include: a J.D. or equivalent degree; seven to ten years of relevant experience; exceptional research, writing and communication skills; demonstrated success fundraising to support project goals; and demonstrated ability to manage a team in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate will have experience with human rights standards and issues; experience with international accountability mechanisms; proficiency in one or more foreign languages; and a great sense of humor. Salary is commensurate with experience.
To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, two references, and a writing sample to (include “People, Land & Resources Program Director” in subject line). The writing sample should represent the applicant’s own, unedited writing.
Application Deadline: January 27, 2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CIEL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is an equal opportunity employer offering an informal, friendly, and fun work environment with excellent benefits. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Fellowship: Graduate Fellow Attorney, Conservation Law Center (operating with Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, IN), Deadline: End of February 2014

A blurb about the position and longer description below.  Application deadline is end of February, but it looks like sending something in sooner than later is better.

"The Conservation Law Center at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law is seeking a Graduate Fellow Attorney to join our practice. We represent conservation organizations without charge, work to improve conservation law and policy, and provide clinical experience to second and third year law students.  Among a great variety of matters we work on the law of conservation easements, threats to species and ecological systems, protection of high quality aquatic systems, and representation of land trusts."  

Conservation Law Center

Position Description: Graduate Fellow Attorney
Full Time
Office Location: 116 South Indiana, Suite 4, Bloomington, IN 47408

The Conservation Law Center is an independent non-profit organization that provides legal counsel without charge to conservation organizations and works to improve conservation law and policy.  The Center also operates a Conservation Law Clinic under an agreement with the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  Second and third year law school students are engaged as interns in the Clinic.  Through their work with the Clinic, law students gain clinical experience in the practice of law and the profession's public service tradition.
Graduate Fellow Attorneys do legal research on issues in which the Center is involved; help guide, train, and supervise the Center’s interns; do and edit legal writing; represent Center clients; and assist as needed in all aspects of the operation of the Center.  Fellowships are generally offered to attorneys with outstanding legal credentials who are licensed to practice, are committed to conservation, and who have practiced fewer than two years, or to outstanding recent law school graduates who expect to be licensed to practice law within several months of their employment by the Center.  Fellowships are for one year, with a second year possible at the option of the Fellow, depending on interest, and the Center, depending on performance.  The Center hopes the experience of its Graduate Fellow Attorneys will help them to secure work in public interest environmental law.
Graduate Fellow Attorneys work an average of 35 hours per week, although our commitment to excellent representation of Center clients will require that Fellows work more than that during some weeks.  The annual salary for first year Fellows is $39,000.  An increase is possible for second year Fellows.  In addition to salary, the CLC provides certain benefits.
Graduate Fellow Attorneys are supervised by the Director of the Conservation Law Center, W. William Weeks, and the Center’s Staff Attorney, Jeffrey B. Hyman.
Applicants should send a cover letter and resume addressed to the attention of Britt Rust at the Conservation Law Center at the address above, or by e-mail to

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Internships/Externships: 2014 Summer Clerkships at Earthjustice (Florida, International, Mid-Pacific, Northeast Offices) (Deadline: Rolling, but ideally by Dec. 2)

A little embarrassed that this escaped my attention until now (given that I am now on the Board for Earthjustice) - application should have been submitted by December 2, but review process seems to be rolling.    Note especially the opportunity to work with the International Program in San Francisco.

Location: Honolulu, HI, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, San Francisco, CA, Tallahassee, FL
Job Type: Clerk, Extern or Intern

Earthjustice is now accepting applications for our 2014 Summer Clerkships! 
Our work is currently divided into three major areas: 
  • Protecting Our Natural Heritage focuses on cases that protect endangered species, national forests, national parks, other public lands, water resources, and the oceans. 
  • Safeguarding Our Health focuses on cases that protect public health, in particular by ensuring clean air and water, and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals. 
  • Promoting a Clean Energy Future focuses on cases that encourage clean energy and energy efficiency while challenging the reliance on coal, oil and other dirty fuels.
Summer law clerks will have the opportunity to work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to assist attorneys with preparing briefs and motions, to meet with clients and experts, and to attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. In addition to involvement in ongoing litigation, the summer program includes seminars with attorneys from across the organization on current environmental issues. 
We offer a stipend, but strongly encourage candidates to obtain outside funding. 
To Apply:
Law students who have a minimum of ten consecutive weeks to commit in the summer of 2014 are eligible to apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, recent writing sample (of no more than ten pages), unofficial transcript, and a list of three references Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply by December 2, 2013.  The subject line should read:  “2014 Summer Law Clerk: [preferred Earthjustice office location(s)]”. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  
Applicants who wish to express interest in a particular regional office may supplement their applications with a separate cover letter sent directly to the email address for that office. The subject line should read:  “2014 Clerkship Supplemental Cover Letter.”  You still must send all application materials identified above to  Only the additional cover letter goes to the regional office. Clickhere to locate a particular office’s email address.  
Follow the hyperlinks below to learn about the work of each Earthjustice office.
·         Florida
·         International
·         Northeast
About Earthjustice:
Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring the best and brightest who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Alaska, California, Florida, Mid-Pacific, Northeast, Northern Rockies, Northwest, Rocky Mountain, and Washington DC.

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.