Law Clerk Externships, Fall 2013, California
Earthjustice - San Francisco, CA

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The California Regional Office of Earthjustice is hiring law students to work as externs in our office during Fall 2013. In general, externs participate in the process of researching, investigating, preparing, and prosecuting lawsuits designed to protect the environment. Virtually all externs undertake legal research, write memoranda, and help evaluate factual issues. We rely heavily on externs for these tasks, placing a premium on careful, accurate, and self-directed work. Each extern is responsible for monitoring her/his own workload, and each staff attorney is responsible for supervising the work done on her/his cases and providing feedback to externs with whom the attorney works. Depending on the circumstances present at the time of the externship, externs may have the opportunity to attend client meetings, court appearances, and meetings with public agency representatives, as well as draft pleadings, briefs, and discovery documents. Externs are considered members of our staff, and as such, are invited to attend all staff meetings, office functions, etc.

We have a casual office environment and are located in downtown San Francisco.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, résumé, copy of law school transcripts, writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three legal references, either by mail or email, to:

Irene Gutierrez
Associate Attorney, Earthjustice
50 California Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
caoffice_jobs@earthjustice.org

No phone calls please.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2013 (or until positions are filled). Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

Background: Earthjustice is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We enforce and strengthen environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations, coalitions, and community groups, primarily through litigation. Since our inception in 1971, we have been involved in many of the nation’s most important environmental battles and have established valuable precedents in cases involving air and water quality, endangered species, forestry, public lands use, and international environmental law. In addition to our administrative headquarters and the California and International regional offices located in San Francisco, Earthjustice also maintains regional offices in Anchorage, Bozeman, Denver, Honolulu, Juneau, Seattle, Tallahassee, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

The California Regional Office has undertaken campaigns to protect old growth forests, promote salmon recovery, improve air and water quality, and reform federal and state land management practices. The California Regional Office currently has campaigns focusing on clean energy, air quality in the Central Valley, pesticides and health, and land management and conservation in the Sierra Nevada and Bay Delta. Our attorneys bring a mix of lawsuits under federal environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, as well as California statutes, to protect the environment and promote environmental justice.

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

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