Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment.
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 and supporters to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
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Since 1999, the Research and Policy Division of the Environmental Law Institute has awarded a prestigious annual fellowship for outstanding recent law school graduates.
The law fellow works closely with ELI attorneys and other professionals, including U.S. and international partners, to advance environmental protection by analyzing existing legal tools, developing new ones, and crafting innovative approaches. This may require considering how environmental protection is affected by other laws and policies that are related to environment and society —e.g., those governing energy, taxation, land use, human rights, and administration.
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In accord with our mission to build the skills and capacity of tomorrow’s leaders, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) provides opportunities for law students to join us at the Institute. The University of Washington School of Law, with the generous sponsorship of Marten Law, is providing funding for one UW Law student to participate in our summer clerkship program with a stipend.
ELI summer law clerks work closely with ELI experts on domestic and international projects spanning ELI’s full range of expertise. Law clerks also may assist in the editing and production of ELI publications, such as the Environmental Law Reporter. Law clerks provide crucial support for ELI projects and publications by conducting legal and policy research, drafting memoranda, attending and reporting on briefings and current events, and assisting in the preparation of reports and other published materials. This position also will include working with ELI members and staff on programming for a conference planned for September in Seattle on Innovation, Change Management, and Environmental Law in the Next 50 Years.
We encourage law clerks to supplement their work experience by attending the lunchtime seminars and events that ELI hosts, as well as social and networking opportunities provided by ELI and our partners.
Stipend: The clerk will be paid $6,500 for the summer and must commit to working with ELI for at least 10 weeks.
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