Associate Attorney – Public Interest Environmental Law Fellowship

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (“ELPC”) seeks to hire a public interest attorney advocate who is a recent law school graduate for an Associate Attorney position in our Chicago, Columbus or Des Moines offices starting in Fall 2016.  This is a two-year fellowship position.  The Associate Attorney will work on ELPC’s environmental litigation and policy issues in the states and on related federal issues.

ORGANIZATIONELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 40+ talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago, combined with offices in Columbus, Des Moines, Jamestown, Madison, Duluth, Sioux Falls and Washington D.C.  See www.elpc.org for more information.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Attorneys on litigation and policy initiatives for ELPC’s Clean Energy, Clean Air and Climate Change Solutions Projects, Transportation and Land Use Reform Project, and Wild and Natural Places Preservation Project activities.  Assist on special projects. Engage with multidisciplinary project teams.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Recent law school graduate, including attorneys who are completing judicial clerkships or have no more than one year of other legal practice.  Strong academic record and excellent writing, speaking and analytical skills.  Interest in and substantive law and policy knowledge in at least one of the following fields: energy, environmental, transportation, air quality, land use and/or natural resources law. The attorney should understand and enjoy multifaceted public policy strategic advocacy that involves media, legislative, economic and policy analysis and organizing approaches coordinated with strong and effective legal advocacy. An inspired and demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and an ability to work productively as a member of a team of skilled professionals is required.

SALARYAbout $60,000 annual salary for new law school graduates depending on the particular ELPC office, plus excellent benefits.  ELPC encourages applicants to seek funding that will help to support their salary in full or part from sources such as Equal Justice Works, law schools’ public interest grants etc.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to:  LawFellowship@elpc.org.   Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff

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