Climate Risk Legal Fellow

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Environmental Defense Fund

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

Overview:
Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.

We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.

Our culture,
values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?
Responsibilities :
Program Overview
The U.S. Clean Air team envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We are dedicated to achieving that vision in our work, helping achieve clean air for all. The U.S. Clean Air team works out of the Washington, D.C., and Boulder, CO offices.

Legal Fellows on the U.S. Clean Air team contribute meaningfully to the team's work securing clean air and climate protections. We aim to make our Legal Fellows' experience relevant, challenging, and rewarding. Our Legal Fellows have directly contributed towards landmark cases over the years and have supported activities including: U.S. Supreme Court litigation, D.C. Circuit litigation over greenhouse gas regulation under the Clean Air Act, major international agreements and guidelines regarding trans-boundary pollution control programs in the U.S./Mexico border region, and projects that work towards ensuring protections for low-income and frontline communities from air pollution. Legal Fellows work in a high-intensity, fast-paced, multi-disciplinary setting to formulate and implement strategies, laws, and policies.

Overall Function
The Legal Fellow will primarily work on federal projects and cases aimed at reducing climate-destabilizing emissions and revealing the consequences of climate change across the U.S. economy. The work will include a heavy emphasis on financial sector regulation and electric sector regulation. The Legal Fellow will focus on activity and action before entities including the Department of Labor (DOL), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), other financial regulators, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy (DOE), and state regulatory counterparts. The Legal Fellow will also focus on litigation and advancing legal theory. The Legal Fellow will also engage on environmental justice engagements, with particular focus on addressing the disparate impacts of climate change. As a member of the U.S. Clean Air team, the legal fellow may also be asked to support our other efforts to reduce air pollution from power plants and other major sources through litigation, regulatory advocacy, and legislation.

Key Responsibilities
Tasks may include but are not limited to:
  • Conduct legal and factual research on climate and clean air issues.
  • Contribute to litigation filings and administrative comments.
  • Assess the impacts of recent court decisions on U.S. Clean Air team priorities.
  • Evaluate the health and environmental implications of pending legislation.
  • Draft public-facing documents such as fact sheets and blog posts about legal issues.
  • Represent EDF at public hearings before government agencies.
  • Provide other support to the team's litigation efforts and regulatory advocacy.
  • Support environmental justice initiatives, particularly those related to addressing the disparate impacts of climate change.
  • Engage in regulatory and administrative proceedings.
  • Participate in advancing EDF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.
Qualifications
We seek recent law school graduates and recent law clerks interested in working on cutting edge regional, national, and international climate and energy issues. Other qualifications include:
  • Licensed to practice law or actively seeking admission to Bar, with background in financial, energy, and administrative law.
  • Familiarity with financial regulators, such as the SEC and DOL.
  • Familiarity with energy and electric regulators and federal entities, such as FERC and DOE.
  • Familiarity with regulatory process and administrative law, financial regulation, and/or energy regulation.
  • Interest and/or experience in common law litigation, including tort law claims related to environmental issues and climate change.
  • Familiarity with Constitutional law, with particular emphasis upon the Supremacy Clause.
  • Interest and/or experience in the intersection between law and science, with respect to climate change attribution science.
  • Interest and/or experience in financial law, particularly at the intersection between finance climate change.
  • Ability to collect, manipulate, analyze, and interpret legal data and prepare reports of findings.
  • Excellent legal research, analytical, writing and advocacy skills.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external allies.
  • Results-oriented, self-starter with the ability to think strategically and work on fast-paced, dynamic issues.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Able to prioritize and be flexible.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency, experience with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
Location
Washington, D.C.

Term
The term for the Legal Fellow position is for two years.

Compensation
We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization. The annual salary for this role is $84,000.

Application Materials
Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with a writing sample, unofficial law school transcript, and list of three references. In your cover letter, please describe your interest in environmental law and policy work, and relevant completed course work and experience to the qualifications.
EEO Information:
Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.