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Legal Fellow or Senior Legal Fellow

Posi­tion: Legal Fel­low or Senior Legal Fel­low
Loca­tion: NYC (with pos­si­bil­i­ty for hybrid or remote)

Why Work With Us

Join a col­lab­o­ra­tive team com­mit­ted to envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice, cli­mate, and clean ener­gy work. The Legal Fel­low will devel­op deep sub­stan­tive knowl­edge across the Center’s areas of exper­tise and gain sig­nif­i­cant expe­ri­ence with writ­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions. We offer the oppor­tu­ni­ty to think cre­ative­ly about legal issues, build exper­tise, and work on impor­tant cli­mate mat­ters. We are pas­sion­ate about build­ing and sus­tain­ing an inclu­sive and equi­table work­ing envi­ron­ment for our staff. We offer a gen­er­ous ben­e­fits pack­age through NYU, which includes tuition remis­sion and retire­ment ben­e­fits. We offer a com­pet­i­tive salary that is com­men­su­rate with expe­ri­ence: $82,000 – 92,000 (03 years of expe­ri­ence); $98,000 – 108,000 (47 years of expe­ri­ence); $116,000 (8+ years of expe­ri­ence).

Who We Are Look­ing For

We are look­ing for a self-moti­vat­ed attor­ney to work on cli­mate, envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice, ener­gy, and envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion issues as a Legal Fel­low at the State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter. The Legal Fel­low will be involved in many of the Center’s activ­i­ties, includ­ing sup­port­ing state attor­ney gen­er­al offices, con­ceiv­ing pro­grams and events, and devel­op­ing aca­d­e­m­ic and oth­er writ­ten products.

This is a one-year fel­low­ship posi­tion, with the pos­si­bil­i­ty of exten­sion for a sec­ond year upon mutu­al agreement. 

The ide­al can­di­date will have an inter­est in cli­mate and jus­tice work; an inter­est in build­ing their envi­ron­men­tal and ener­gy law exper­tise; and enthu­si­asm for work­ing in a small-team, entre­pre­neur­ial office set­ting. We are always com­mit­ted to build­ing an even more diverse and inclu­sive team and strong­ly encour­age women, peo­ple of col­or, and mem­bers of the LGBTQ com­mu­ni­ty to apply.

About the Center 

The State Impact Cen­ter is a non­par­ti­san aca­d­e­m­ic think tank that spe­cial­izes in cli­mate change, clean ener­gy, and envi­ron­men­tal issues. We under­take aca­d­e­m­ic research, hold work­shops, and issue spe­cial reports that advance legal and pol­i­cy analy­sis. We also sup­port state attor­neys gen­er­al (“AGs”) in defend­ing and pro­mot­ing clean ener­gy, cli­mate and envi­ron­men­tal laws and poli­cies. The Cen­ter pro­vides assis­tance to AGs in a num­ber of ways, including

  • Pro­vid­ing legal assis­tance to inter­est­ed attor­neys gen­er­al on spe­cif­ic admin­is­tra­tive, judi­cial or leg­isla­tive mat­ters involv­ing clean ener­gy, cli­mate change and envi­ron­men­tal inter­ests of region­al and nation­al significance.

  • Serv­ing as a cen­tral­ized pub­lic source of infor­ma­tion for ongo­ing attor­neys gen­er­al ini­tia­tives and help­ing to enhance the public’s under­stand­ing of the impor­tance of the clean ener­gy, cli­mate change, and envi­ron­men­tal mat­ters that attor­neys gen­er­al are pursuing.

  • Build­ing an envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice resource area to sup­port grow­ing AG work in this area.

Diver­si­ty is a core val­ue of the Cen­ter. We are pas­sion­ate about build­ing and sus­tain­ing an inclu­sive and equi­table work­ing envi­ron­ment for our staff. We believe every mem­ber on our team enrich­es our diver­si­ty by expos­ing us to a broad range of ways to under­stand and engage with the world, iden­ti­fy chal­lenges, and to dis­cov­er, design and deliv­er solutions.

Detailed Posi­tion Description

The State Impact Cen­ter is recruit­ing a Legal Fel­low to begin imme­di­ate­ly. Our offices are locat­ed in New York City, but this posi­tion has the option to be hybrid or pos­si­bly ful­ly remote (must be in the U.S.; sub­ject to NYU approval of loca­tion). We are fol­low­ing NYU Law School’s return to in-per­son work plans, with remote and hybrid accom­mo­da­tions avail­able, as need­ed, and includ­ing a vac­ci­na­tion require­ment.

The Legal Fel­low will have respon­si­bil­i­ty for a wide range of research and writ­ing projects in the envi­ron­men­tal, cli­mate, and ener­gy space through a jus­tice and equi­ty lens. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive work may include review­ing and ana­lyz­ing rules pro­posed by fed­er­al agen­cies; draft­ing com­men­taries and oth­er writ­ings to explain com­plex legal mat­ters to a wider audi­ence; and research­ing and sum­ma­riz­ing attor­ney gen­er­al activ­i­ty in a par­tic­u­lar area of interest. 

Core Respon­si­bil­i­ties:

  • Legal Research: con­duct legal research on envi­ron­men­tal and ener­gy law issues and cases
  • Legal Writ­ing: draft legal mem­o­ran­da and oth­er doc­u­ments out­lin­ing rel­e­vant issues.
  • Pre­sen­ta­tions: present legal research and analy­sis to col­leagues and out­side collaborators.
  • Projects: draft, review, and col­lab­o­rate on Cen­ter pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing newslet­ters, blog posts, issue briefs, and longer projects.

Require­ments and Qualifications:

  • Edu­ca­tion: J.D. from an accred­it­ed law school and admit­ted to prac­tice in or will­ing to seek admis­sion in the juris­dic­tion where work will be performed. 

  • Expe­ri­ence: a pref­er­ence for expe­ri­ence in the areas of envi­ron­men­tal, cli­mate, ener­gy, civ­il rights, or admin­is­tra­tive law; pub­lic inter­est com­mit­ment. 0 – 3 years for Legal Fel­low I; 4 – 7 years for Legal Fel­low II; 8+ years for Senior Fellow. 

  • Research and writ­ing: excel­lent research, ana­lyt­ic, and writ­ing skills; expe­ri­ence edit­ing work of oth­ers as well as incor­po­rat­ing feedback.

  • Judg­ment: exer­cis­es sound judg­ment and affir­ma­tive­ly rais­es con­cerns; self-direct­ed; demon­strates an aware­ness of and sen­si­tiv­i­ty to diverse back­grounds and perspectives. 

  • Col­lab­o­ra­tive: abil­i­ty to work well with­in a team in a fast-paced environment. 

  • Dead­lines: abil­i­ty to man­age simul­ta­ne­ous projects and prioritize. 

Dead­line: We will begin review­ing appli­ca­tions Novem­ber 212022

Salary: $82,000 – 92,000 (03 years of expe­ri­ence); $98,000 – 108,000 (47 years of expe­ri­ence); $116,000 (8+ years of expe­ri­ence). Ben­e­fits offered include medical/​dental/​vision, tuition remis­sion at cer­tain NYU schools, retire­ment ben­e­fits, and more. 

Inter­est­ed can­di­dates can apply by send­ing a resume, cov­er let­ter, and legal writ­ing sam­ple to [email protected]​nyu.​edu. The cov­er let­ter should include a brief state­ment about how you would sup­port the Center’s com­mit­ment to diver­si­ty, equi­ty, and inclu­sion. Please send your appli­ca­tion as a sin­gle PDF file saved as LastName.FirstName.pdf. If cho­sen as a final­ist, ref­er­ences will be required. The Cen­ter is unable to review appli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted through alter­nate meth­ods, such as LinkedIn or Indeed. Women, peo­ple of col­or, and mem­bers of the LGBTQ+ com­mu­ni­ty are encour­aged to apply. 

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