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Charlotte E. Ray Legal Fellowship

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Conservation Law Foundation

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Portland, ME, United States

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30+ days ago

(Funded 1-yr position giving priority to applicants of color)

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) invites applicants for its Charlotte E. Ray Legal Fellowship. CLF’s Charlotte E. Ray Legal Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that honors the memory of Charlotte E. Ray, a trailblazer and Howard University graduate who became the first African American female lawyer in 1872. This position is ideal for third-year law students, judicial clerks, or recent law school graduates.

Priority will be given to racially and ethnically diverse applicants. Candidates with a commitment to environmental advocacy or social justice are encouraged to apply.

CLF has worked to protect New England’s environment for the benefit of all people and future generations since 1966. CLF’s advocacy spans topics including climate change, environmental justice, clean oceans and water, healthy forests, and local food systems.

The Charlotte E. Ray Legal Fellowship offers new or recently barred lawyers an opportunity to serve as an attorney at one of the country’s oldest and most respected non-profit environmental advocacy organizations. The term of this position is one year, with the possibility of becoming an Associate Attorney at the end of that year. CLF may hire one or two Charlotte E. Ray Legal Fellows. The Legal Fellow(s) will be located either in our Boston headquarters or in one of CLF’s other offices in Montpelier, VT, Concord, NH, Portland, ME or Providence, RI, with some flexibility to work remotely within New England. Legal Fellow(s) will interact with attorneys across all of CLF’s offices and programs, with an ultimate focus on one or two specific programs.

Applicants must have excellent legal advocacy and writing skills and be interested in building effective working relationships with community organizations and government agencies.

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive, and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected. The base salary for this position is $51,750 for Boston-based Fellows and $45,000 for those based in other New England states; actual salary will reflect experience and qualifications.

For more information about the work of Conservation Law Foundation, visit Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Please make “CER Legal Fellow” the subject of your e-mail.

CLF considers the health and safety of its staff members and their families, our guests, our visitors, and the community at large to be a top priority. All offers to work, intern, or volunteer with CLF are conditioned on the candidate complying with CLF’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people and future generations. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science, and the markets to create solutions that preserve and restore our natural resources, build healthy and resilient communities, and sustain a vibrant economy. Every day, CLF advocates work for and with New Englanders—in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation and health burdens.