Charlotte E. Ray Legal Fellowship

Aug 29, 2018 Massachusetts

Charlotte E. Ray Legal Fellowship

(Funded 1-2 yr position giving priority to minority applicants)

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.  Strong preference will be given to applicants in a racial or ethnic minority.  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 communities since 1966.  CLF’s advocacy spans topics including climate change, environmental justice, clean oceans and water, healthy forests, and local food.

The Charlotte E. Ray Legal Fellowship offers new or recently barred lawyers an opportunity to serve as a Staff Attorney at one of the country’s oldest and most respected non-profit environmental advocacy organizations.  The initial term of this position is one year, with the possibility of a one-year extension, for a total of two years.  The Legal Fellow will be located in our Boston headquarters, but will interact with attorneys across each of CLF’s five offices, including Providence, RI; Portland, ME; Concord, NH; and Montpelier, VT.

Applicants must have excellent legal advocacy and writing skills, and be interested to build effective working relationships with community organizations and government agencies.  The salary range is $40,000 – $50,000 based on experience, 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. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for 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. 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.