Charlotte E. Ray Legal Fellowship

Dec 02, 2020 Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

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

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) invites applicants for its Charlotte E. Ray Legal Fellowships. 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. Strong preference 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 consideration for becoming an associate advocate at the end of that year. One Legal Fellow will be located in our Boston headquarters and the other in one of CLF’s other offices in Montpelier, VT, Concord, NH, Portland, ME or Providence, RI.  Both Legal Fellows will interact with attorneys across all of CLF’s offices and programs, with ultimate focus on one or two specific programs.

Applicants must have excellent legal advocacy and writing skills and be interested to build effective working relationships with community organizations and government agencies. The Fellowship provides a competitive salary with a cost of living adjustment for the Boston-based Fellow, with full benefits.

For more information about the work of Conservation Law Foundation, visit

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Please make “Legal Fellow” the subject of your e-mail.

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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. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards, and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive.

People of color are encouraged to apply.