Howard Legal Fellow
Company: Natural Resources Defense Council
Location: Santa Monica
Posted on: November 19, 2022
Howard Legal Fellow
US-IL-Chicago - US-NY-New York - US-CA-Santa Monica -
US-DC-Washington - US-CA-San Francisco
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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit
environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the
support of millions of members and online activists to protect the
planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all
people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was
founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's
bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many
of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700
lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications
experts, and others work across the United States and the globe
from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa
Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.
NRDC is seeking a recent graduate of Howard University School of
Law to work with the Litigation team in one of our five main U.S.
offices: New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; San Francisco; and
Santa Monica. We will consider applicants who have graduated since
2020, including those graduating in Spring 2023. The term for this
fellowship is Fall 2023 through Fall 2025, with the possibility of
an extension through Fall 2026. The Litigation Team is a group of
approximately 40 lawyers, litigation assistants and other
operations staff who pursue litigation across a broad range of
environmental and public health issues and in collaboration with
and on behalf of communities most impacted by environmental
injustices (including Black, indigenous, and people of color, and
low-income and rural communities). Over the past five years, we
have litigated cases against the federal government to prevent
climate pollution, challenge agency approvals of toxic chemicals
and pesticides, resist the suspension of clean water safeguards,
oppose offshore drilling and seismic exploration for oil and gas,
defend national monuments, and protect energy efficiency standards,
among other matters. We also bring enforcement cases against
corporate and governmental entities whose violations harm health
and the environment-including recent cases to protect the people of
Newark, New Jersey and Flint, Michigan, from lead in drinking
water; to remediate toxic pollution in the Penobscot River in
Maine; to abate mold in New York City public housing for residents
with asthma; and to halt air pollution from a coal-fired power
plant in Illinois.
- Collaborating with a team of lawyers
and litigation assistants on legal research and factual
- Writing briefs, motions, and memoranda.
- Presenting oral arguments and participating in status
conferences and other hearings.
- Engaging in discovery and conducting record and document
- Preparing for and taking depositions.
- * Contributing to institutional initiatives such as projects
related to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our
work, intern hiring and coordination, and organizing CLEs.
This fellowship is designed for recent graduates of Howard
University School of Law and alumni with up to three years of
litigation experience. In assessing candidates, we look for:
- Admission to the Bar of the jurisdiction in which they intend
to practice, or willingness to complete the requirements for
admission to that Bar.
- Strong legal writing and analytical skills.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Experience working effectively with a team.
- Demonstrated competency in working with people with different
social identities than their own (including race, gender, sexual
identity or orientation, age, class, and disability).
- Creativity and resourcefulness
- Demonstrated commitment to public service, equity, or social
justice (including environmental, economic, social, or food
- Commitment to NRDC's mission and values.An ideal candidate will
possess the following characteristics:
- Strong sense of teamwork
- Strong work ethic
- Growth mindset
- Ability to maintain composure and sense of humor under deadline
pressureNRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and
inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that
celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives
is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental
problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose
identities have been historically under-represented in the
environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do
not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race,
color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital
status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age,
disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected
by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair
Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified
applicants with arrest and conviction records. We offer competitive
salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment.
Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with
skills and experience. For this position, the salary is $ 83,500 to
$ $99,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before
making a final offer. Since March 2020, NRDC's offices have been
closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with
one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we
will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements.
As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help
contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health,
safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they
have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other
exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a
person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course
of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law,
new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to
do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other
exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all
vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state,
and federal laws. To apply, visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload
your resume and cover letter. Please mention where you saw this
posting and the NRDC office(s) in which you would prefer to work.
We will consider applications on a rolling basis, with preference
given to applicants who apply by November 1, 2022. Due to the high
volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates we
would like to interview. Please no phone calls, emails, or
in-person resume drop-offs. If you experience technical problems
while applying or if you are a person with a disability and need
assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care
at 1-800-889-4422. For more about NRDC, visit www.nrdc.org.
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