Volunteer Law Fellow
Location: Washington, D.C.
The Legal Department seeks to host a volunteer Law Fellow who has an interest in ocean conservation or environmental law. The legal team brings strategic federal litigation to advance marine conservation goals (mainly under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act) and supports Oceana’s policy and legislative initiatives. Oceana’s current campaigns focus on encouraging responsible fisheries, including conservation of sharks and sea turtles; combating seafood fraud; and advocating clean offshore energy while fighting the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling. More information is available at http://na.oceana.org.
This is an unpaid position. Oceana welcomes applications from individuals who have, or may be able to obtain, funding from outside organizations, or who wish to gain experience in both policy and litigation work on a volunteer basis. The Volunteer Law Fellow is expected to work full-time for one year, beginning in Fall 2014. Some flexibility in the time commitment is possible for exceptional applicants with special circumstances.
Those interested should possess a law degree, excellent research and writing skills, a solid academic record, the maturity to support a team effort, strong work ethic, sense of initiative and good judgment. Law Fellows may be asked to perform legal and factual research, review and analyze administrative records, draft research memoranda and legal documents, analyze legislation and help implement lobbying strategies, attend court and/or Congressional hearings, and participate in legal staff meetings. Law Fellows may also be asked to support Oceana’s corporate legal compliance needs.
Please send a cover letter, resume, law school and undergraduate transcripts, a writing sample (legal memo or brief preferred), and three references to email@example.com; fax 202-833-2070; or mail Attn: Legal Division, 1350 Connecticut Avenue NW, 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20036.