The Center for Biological Diversity is currently looking for one full-time law clerk for Spring 2022 to work in the Portland, Oregon Office. The Portland office is a dog-friendly office.
General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity's Portland office seeks a motivated, creative and experienced law clerk. The law clerk would split their time between the Endangered Species Program, Environmental Health Program, and Open Government Program. They are likely to work on projects concerning endangered species, pesticides, land use, public records requests and other environmental matters and will assist with the preparation of litigation, administrative advocacy, and policy development.
Conduct legal research and writing;
Prepare legal memos and assist with brief writing;
Prepare filings, investigate new cases and draft official policy comments;
On occasion, may have opportunities to observe court arguments or attend agency hearings.
Areas in which skills and experience will be gained:
The law clerk will gain experience in environmental litigation and advocacy, drawing on litigation, science, media, and grassroots organizing strategies to fight for the environment.
Must be a law student who is in their second or third year of law school, or a student pursuing their LLM to be eligible;
Strong legal research and writing skills;
Background in environmental or biological studies or related experience is preferred.
Law clerks seeking school credit must present documentation regarding their university’s policy regarding compensation to be eligible for payment through the Center for Biological Diversity.
Application process: Please upload your cover letter explaining your interest in working at the Center, resume, writing sample (no longer than 10 pages), transcript (unofficial is fine) and three references as a single document via our website. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis. You will be notified if you're selected for an interview.
The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.
We are an equal opportunity employer.