The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) at Vermont Law School and Earthjustice are partnering to expand our environmental justice capacity through the creation of a new environmental justice initiative. We are hiring an attorney professor who will be located at the ENRLC and will work with Earthjustice’s Healthy Communities program and as part of the ENRLC’s growing environmental justice program area. Cases and projects will include Vermont and New England-based initiatives as well as efforts at the national level and in other areas of the United States.
The Earthjustice Clinical Professor will be a full-time attorney housed within the Clinic. This position will be dedicated to working on environmental justice issues, with cases and projects chosen in collaboration between Earthjustice and the Clinic. Specific responsibilities include:
- In collaboration with and under the direction of Earthjustice and Clinic attorneys, developing and implementing a suite of environmental justice cases and projects. Cases and projects may include state and federal litigation, influencing administrative agencies, legislative work, client counseling, and other advocacy.
- Working with clients and/or community advocates to help build capacity and sustainability to empower them to continue efforts in conjunction with or subsequent to any litigation in their communities.
- Managing and fostering relationships with co-counsel, clients, and partners.
- Coordinating with and contributing to other aspects of environmental justice campaign work, including education, outreach, and messaging.
- Supervising and providing extensive feedback to students on project and casework.
- Teaching in the ENRLC seminar program.
- With other ENRLC faculty and staff, assisting in the administration of the Clinic through regular participation in staff meetings, helping with the student recruitment process, assisting with public relations materials and reports, etc.
- Participating in the life of the law school through attendance at faculty meetings and campus events, service on committees, and the like.
- Minimum 3 years of significant legal experience, including litigation.
- Licensed in Vermont or willing to become immediately licensed in Vermont.
- Must have a passion for and experience with environmental justice communities and issues.
- A background in community organizing and an understanding of health disparities or public health background are preferred
- Must possess: cultural competency and significant exposure to communities that are vulnerable, disadvantaged and/or communities of color; an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of working with environmental justice communities and on environmental justice issues; solid grounding in some aspect of environmental law that is relevant to the projected work of the environmental justice initiative; good narrative skills; history of supervising others in a legal context; excellent communication, analysis, and writing skills; demonstrated good judgment and sensitivity in a variety of situations; very strong academics, initiative, and work ethic; the ability to work exceedingly well with others; project management capability, including strong creative and strategic thinking skills; and a commitment to engaging in clinical teaching.
- All types of diversity are welcome and encouraged.
We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.
Interested candidates should submit a:
- One- or two-page cover letter.
- Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that reflects minimally edited work.
- Unofficial law school transcript.
- List of three references.
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