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Employer:  Environmental Law & Policy Center.
Categories:  Legal/Env. Law
Job Type:  Full Time
Preferred Degree:  Masters
Experience Required:  2-3 years
State/Province:  IL - Illinois
City:  Chicago
Salary:  $53,000 – $55,000 annual salar
Job Description: 

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (“ELPC”) seeks to hire a public interest attorney advocate who is a recent law school graduate for an Associate Attorney position in our Chicago, Columbus or Des Moines offices starting in Fall 2014.  This is a one-year fellowship position, which is potentially renewable for a second year.  The Associate Attorney will work on ELPC’s environmental litigation and policy issues in the Midwest/Great Plains states and on related federal issues.

ORGANIZATION:  ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago, along with offices in Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Jamestown, ND, Madison, WI, St. Paul, MN, Sioux Falls, SD, and Washington D.C. ELPC has an annual budget of $6.75 million. Please see

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Work with ELPC’s Executive Director and Senior Attorneys on litigation and policy initiatives for ELPC’s Clean Energy, Clean Air and Climate Change Solutions Projects, Transportation and Land Use Reform Project, and Wild and Natural Places Preservation Project activities.  Assist on special projects. Engage with multidisciplinary project teams of policy advocates, M.B.A. and communications specialists, and organizers.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Recent law school graduate, including attorneys who are completing judicial clerkships or have no more than two years of other legal practice.  Strong academic record and excellent writing, speaking and analytical skills.  Smart self-starter with track record of initiative and success.  Interest in and substantive law and policy knowledge in at least one of the following fields: energy, environmental, transportation, air quality, land use and/or natural resources law. The attorney should also understand and enjoy multifaceted public policy strategic advocacy that involves media, legislative, economic and policy analysis and organizing approaches coordinated with strong and effective legal advocacy. An inspired and demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and an ability to work productively as a member of a team of skilled professionals is required.

SALARY:  Approximately $53,000 – $55,000 annual salary for new law school graduates depending on the particular ELPC office, plus excellent benefits.  ELPC encourages applicants to seek funding that will help to support their salary (in full or part) from sources such as law schools’ grants for public interest law work, Equal Justice Works and others.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and professional references by email to:   Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law and PolicyCenter is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.


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