Legal Fellow

Aug 03, 2016 Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is a regional environmental advocacy organization that protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. CLF seeks to sponsor a candidate for public interest law fellowships supported by outside funding. Funding for public interest law fellowships is available from various sources, including some law schools, Skadden, Equal Justice Works, foundations, and others. Candidates should come prepared with ideas for funding sources, but CLF will work with selected candidates to identify appropriate sources of funding and develop proposals. A fellowship at CLF gives an entry-level lawyer the opportunity to spend 1-2 years as a staff attorney at a highly-respected environmental non-profit.  The position will typically begin in the fall of each year. The fellow would be located at one of our five offices (Boston, MA; Providence, RI; Portland, ME; Concord, NH; and Montpelier, VT).

This legal fellow position is in CLF’s Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice (HCEJ) program. CLF’s HCEJ program works to ensure that New England’s communities, both urban and rural, are thriving, healthy places for all people.  Legal fellows will contribute to all areas of work in CLF’s HCEJ program, and in particular will provide support to CLF’s Farm and Food Initiative and CLF’s transportation and environmental justice advocacy. CLF’s Farm and Food Initiative uses law and policy tools to support sustainable agriculture efforts in New England, helping to shape and foster a robust and healthy local food system. CLF’s transportation advocacy uses law and policy to support deployment of cleaner, more efficient, and socially just transportation alternatives, like transit, bicycling, and pedestrian access. CLF serves as an ally to environmental justice communities, offering our law and policy skills to help communities achieve their goals.

Ideal candidates are third-year law students, judicial clerks, or recent law graduates with a demonstrated interest in environmental protection and healthy communities. Applicants should be interested in public policy work as well as litigation.  Applicants must be admitted to a state bar or planning to take the bar exam for the appropriate CLF state at the next sitting. Applicants must have excellent legal advocacy and writing skills, and must be willing to interact and build effective working relationships with community organizations and government agencies.

While the candidate is expected to take the lead, CLF staff will assist the selected candidate to fully develop fellowship proposals, including specific projects, if appropriate. Salary and benefits will be determined by the terms of the fellowship.

To apply: Send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”) and a detailed cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”) to Please make “Legal Fellow” the subject of your e-mail. In your application, please indicate whether you have a location preference and whether you have identified specific sources of funding.  Applications must be filed with CLF in a timely manner that allows sufficient preparation before fellowship applications are due (e.g., Equal Justice Works and the Skadden Foundation Fellowship applications are generally due in September of each year).  No phone calls please.