Earthrise Legal Fellow

Lewis and Clark College
Oregon, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Dec 3, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Legal Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Working at Lewis & Clark College

The campus is located on 137 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in Portland’s southwest hills. Our strong commitment to sustainability is reinforced through recycling programs, energy conservation, alternative transportation options, and farm to fork initiatives. For benefit-eligible positions, we offer a competitive benefits package that includes options for health, dental, vision, tuition, life insurance, retirement and more.

Lewis & Clark College is committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or age.

Job Purpose

Entry-level environmental litigator for the Earthrise Law Center. This position assists in legal representation of Earthrise’s clients in existing environmental cases, and helps develop new cases and/or client relationships. The legal fellow’s participation includes all aspects of attorney representation of Earthrise’s clients. Additionally, the legal fellow participates in staff and litigation decision-making affecting the clinic and the clinic’s docket, and in the clinic’s class component and clinic student supervision.

To apply: Attach a resume, cover letter, transcript, list of three references, and a writing sample, submitted as one PDF attachment in the application.

Deadline: January 9th, 2022 by 11:59pm

What You'll Do
  • Legal representation – perform all manner of work necessary to effectively represent Earthrise’s clients in active litigation, in coordination with supervising attorney.

  • Clinic participation – attend and participate in clinic class discussions; participate in legal staff decision-making regarding class planning; lead class discussions of cases Legal Fellow is working on.

  • Staff decision-making participation – attend and participate in staff and litigation meetings and decision-making regarding clinic staff issues and litigation matters.

  • Clinic student coordination – participate and assist in supervising work and work product of clinic students for work assigned on cases within Legal Fellow’s docket.

  • Student/Community/Client outreach – participate in various activities/engagements designed to boost outreach to prospective clinic students, potential donors, and/or potential clients.

Must Haves
  • Doctoral/JD degree with a focus on Environmental Law

  • December 2021 or Spring 2022 law school graduate

  • Will be licensed to practice in Oregon within 1 year

  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest environmental law

  • You do not need to have taken the Earthrise clinic course to apply for this position

Work Schedule
  • 40 hours per week

  • Benefits Eligible: Yes

Pay Rate
  • $50,000 annually, with an increase to $54,000 annually in second year of fellowship

Physical Requirements
  • The job works primarily at a desk or is otherwise involved in activities requiring little lifting, climbing or working in tiring positions
  • Sitting, walking, repetitive hand movements (e.g., typing), seeing, talking, hearing
Directions for Cover Letter

Please upload your cover letter on the My Experience screen in the resume section.

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Background Check

Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check on the finalist, which will include a criminal record check. If a conviction is discovered, a determination will be made whether the conviction is related to the position for which the individual is applying or would present safety or security risks before an employment decision is made. A criminal conviction does not necessarily automatically bar an applicant from employment.

Eligibility to Work

In order to comply with US Homeland Security Department regulations, all employees must complete an I-9 form in Workday prior to or no later than the first day of work and bring originals (no photocopies) of their supporting documentation to Human Resources no later than the 3rd business day of employment. Failure to have a completed I-9 form on file with the College will result in immediate termination of employment.

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