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ENVIRONMENTAL ATTORNEY POSITION PETER B. COOPER LEGAL FELLOW

Save the Sound New Haven, CT
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: life_insurance, medical, vision, 401k, dental
Job Description

 All candidates should e-mail a resume, cover letter, and list of references to Legalfellowjob@savethesound.org with the words Legal Fellow Search in the subject line.

Are you a recent law school graduate or judicial clerk with a passion for the environment? Would you like an opportunity to work as an attorney in our region’s pre-eminent environmental non-profit organization? If so, you may be the ideal candidate for the opening at Save the Sound for a Legal Fellow to work with our team to advocate to protect and improve the region’s environment.

Save the Sound (formerly Connecticut Fund for the Environment) is seeking applications for an attorney to fill the endowed position of Peter B. Cooper Legal Fellow in the New Haven Office. It is a full-time, two year attorney position with full benefits and begins in November 2020 or as agreed.

Our organization employs a wide range of tools, including legal and policy advocacy, community engagement, and science to restore and protect Long Island Sound and its rivers, fight climate change, protect critical lands, and develop and implement river and coastal restoration projects.

For four decades our staff’s sustained advocacy campaigns, tenacious legal work and engineered projects have proven highly effective in:

·       Saving forests, wetlands and fragile coastal areas from unwise development.

·       Monitoring, identifying and stopping water pollution so our beaches, rivers and Sound are healthy and clean.

·       Restoring rivers and marshes in many places across the Sound.

·       Enacting laws and policies that help our region lead the way to a clean energy future that is safe from climate change.

·       Engaging thousands of citizens every year in cleaning up 60 miles of coastline.

We seek a hard-working, energetic and creative attorney with outstanding writing skills and demonstrated commitment to protecting and improving our environment. The job will involve legal writing and advocacy before administrative agencies, state and federal courts, and the legislature. This advocacy may combine litigation with coalition building on a variety of issues, including protecting Long Island Sound, rivers, lakes, and important lands, as well as work on energy and climate. The position may also involve working with senior counsel to supervise interns and students in the UConn Law School Environmental Law Clinic. The position is ideal for recent graduates or judicial clerks seeking experience in public interest environmental law and advocacy. A Connecticut and/or New York Bar admission is preferred, but not immediately required.

The candidate should have an outstanding academic record, strong communications skills, and demonstrated writing ability. The position requires a J.D.

Common organizational job responsibilities include (1) maintaining positive and productive working relationships with all Save the Sound staff members, including providing and receiving constructive feedback, (2) participating in building productive relationships with Save the Sound's members, external partners, policy makers, and the general public and (3) completing all administrative work on time, such as time sheets, purchase orders, project reports and planning documents.

Our organizational leadership and staff are working to deepen Save the Sound’s diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek to attract a more diverse applicant pool with a goal of adding and retaining more outstanding people of color to all levels of our team. We work in diverse communities and landscapes, and are actively working to increase our focus on driving environmental justice action for equitable outcomes within diverse communities through our work.

Interested candidates should e-mail a resume, cover letter, and list of references to Legalfellowjob@savethesound.org with the words Legal Fellow Search in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We will be in touch to schedule selected applicants for an interview. Our hiring process can take from 7 to 10 weeks and you will be informed when the hiring process is complete. Please be patient.

Save the Sound provides equal employment opportunities to all employees, applicants for employment, volunteers and interns; and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Company Description
Save the Sound was founded in 1972 as the Long Island Sound Taskforce to preserve and protect the Sound. In 2004, CFE and Save the Sound merged, with Save the Sound incorporated as a program within CFE. Since the merger, CFE and Save the Sound have successfully fought threats to Connecticut's environment and Long Island Sound and worked to improve our land, air, and water.

Save the Sound

Save the Sound was founded in 1972 as the Long Island Sound Taskforce to preserve and protect the Sound. In 2004, CFE and Save the Sound merged, with Save the Sound incorporated as a program within CFE. Since the merger, CFE and Save the Sound have successfully fought threats to Connecticut's environment and Long Island Sound and worked to improve our land, air, and water.

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