EarthRights International, a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, is seeking a recent U.S. law graduate for a fellowship in our Washington, D.C., office.
Position: U.S. Office Bertha Legal Fellow (paid, two years full-time)
Deadline: June 15, 2014
Start date: September 2014
Reports to: Legal Director
Location: Washington, D.C.
Description: EarthRights International (ERI) is now seeking applications for the position of 2014 -2016 Bertha Legal Fellow. Under the guidance and direction of the U.S. Legal Director, the Fellow will work with other ERI attorneys to develop and implement legal strategies to protect human rights and the environment. The Fellow will be based out of ERI’s U.S. office in Washington, D.C., but may work in coordination with legal staff in other country offices in Peru and Southeast Asia.
The basic job responsibilities include:
Legal research on US law, international law, and other legal regimes
Preparation of legal memorandums, court briefs and filings for US and other legal systems
Work in collaboration with other NGOs and communities assist in the development of legal and advocacy strategies
Research on new legal strategies to defend the human rights and environment of vulnerable communities
Communication of ERI’s work through web content and media contacts
Policy advocacy with the US legislative and executive branches
The Legal Fellow may also be asked to:
Travel domestically to court hearings
Travel internationally to meet with victims, communities and NGOs
Collaborate on ERI publications and assist in ERI events
Assist other ERI programs as needed
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have:
A recent U.S. law degree (including a recent LL.M. degree for foreign law graduates) and either admission to the bar of a U.S. state or an application in process
A demonstrated commitment to using the U.S. legal system to serve vulnerable communities and protect human rights and the environment
A background in international human rights law, international environmental law, and/or indigenous peoples’ rights
Strong research and writing skills
Good judgment and initiative
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams
Effective task management
Experience or interest in working with people from diverse cultures
A good sense of humor
Additional desired qualifications include:
Knowledge and experience with regional and international legal mechanisms for the protection of human rights and the environment
Experience with U.S. litigation
Proficiency in one or more languages other than English, especially Spanish, Burmese, Thai, Portuguese, French, and/or Chinese
Experience in regional studies, development, environmental sciences, or other fields related to issues of human rights, environmental protection and indigenous peoples
a competitive, non-profit sector, fellowship salary
medical and dental insurance coverage
retirement fund contribution
paid vacation, sick and personal days
a casual, and fun, work environment
Duration: Full-time up to 2 years beginning in September or October of 2014.
To apply: Candidates should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: "U.S. Legal Fellow") with the following documents:
Resume or CV (no longer than 2 pages)
List three references with phone numbers and email addresses
3-5 pages of sample or extract from a piece of legal writing without editing
We will acknowledge applications received, and will contact those candidates selected for the interview stage.
The U.S. Legal Fellowship is supported by generosity of the Bertha Foundation.
EarthRights International is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices. For more information on the work of EarthRights International visit: