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Southern Environmental Law Center

Staff Attorney: Nashville, Tennessee Office and Birmingham, Alabama

The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking a staff attorney with three or more years of experience for its Nashville, Tennessee office. This is an excellent opportunity to join an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and challenging environmental issues facing the Southeast and the nation.

About SELC: With offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Asheville, NC; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Richmond, VA; Birmingham, AL; and Nashville, TN), SELC uses law and policy expertise to protect the South's natural resources-its land, air, water, coast and wetlands-and to preserve our rural countryside and community character. Although our regional focus is the Southeast, much of our work is national in scope and impact.

SELC works collaboratively with over 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve our common conservation goals. Our legal and policy staff comprises some of the nation's leading experts in their respective fields, and over its 25-year history, SELC has earned a reputation as one of the most effective environmental organizations in the country. We currently have a staff of 97, including 50 attorneys. Additional information regarding our work and staff is available at

About the position: SELC's work in Tennessee is focused in four program areas: energy and healthy air, transportation and land use policy, clean water, and forest protection. The person hired for this position will have significant responsibility for work in one or more of these program areas. Work will include litigation in state and federal courts, advocacy in state and federal administrative proceedings, and policy analysis and development in various settings at the state and federal levels.

Compensation: SELC offers salaries competitive with leading national environmental non-profits, and an excellent benefits package.

Qualifications: We are seeking an attorney with strong litigation skills, a strong work ethic, and a sense of initiative. The ideal candidate will be a skilled and multi-faceted lawyer with excellent academic credentials, litigation experience and a background in environmental law, strong communication and interpersonal skills, a demonstrated ability to work well in a collegial setting, and a strong personal commitment to SELC's mission.

To Apply for Tennesse: If you have these qualifications and are seeking one of the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding environmental advocacy positions available, please send your letter of interest, resume, law school transcript, and at least three references to Hayley Parrish, Southern Environmental Law Center, 201 West Main Street, Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902, or email PLEASE INCLUDE "TN STAFF ATTORNEY APPLICATION" IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

To Apply for Alabama: If you have these qualifications and are seeking one of the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding environmental advocacy positions available, please send your letter of interest, resume, law school transcript, and at least three references to Hayley Parrish, Southern Environmental Law Center, 201 West Main Street, Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902, or email

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff. We strongly encourage applications from persons of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice is seeking law students to fill entry-level attorney vacancies and serve as volunteer interns. Click here for more information.

Volunteer Legal Internships
A significant number of volunteer legal internships are with the 94 U.S. Attorneys' Offices located across the country, as well as with the DOJ litigation divisions and other offices located in Washington D.C.. In addition, there are opportunities with the Immigration Courts, the U.S. Trustees' Offices, and other DOJ field offices nationwide.

A listing of upcoming summer opportunities along with information on eligibility and other requirements and on how to apply, is available at

Deadlines: These positions usually have early application deadlines, e.g., students interested in a position for the upcoming summer may need to apply as early as this December. Each DOJ organization independently recruits its own volunteer legal interns, however, and has its own internal application requirements and deadlines. Deadlines may extend into January and February 2012 for upcoming summer volunteer intern positions. To be considered for a specific volunteer internship, applicants must apply by the applicable deadline.

Students should apply separately to each office in which they have an interest. Offices typically request a resume and a law school transcript. But application requirements vary and are outlined in the "Qualifications" section of each announcement. Some organizations request a writing sample, a cover letter listing times and dates of availability, and references.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions regarding DOJ's Volunteer Legal Intern recruiting or about Justice in general. Moreover, if you or any NBLSA members would like to talk one-on-one with a DOJ attorney to find out more about Justice or a particular DOJ component or office please contact me with that request.

Contact Information:
Richard L. Parker
Special Counsel onDiversity Recruitment and Outreach
United States Department of Justice
450 Fifth Street, NW, Suite 10200
Washington, DC 20530
Phone: (202) 514-8912
Fax: (202) 514-0713

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human services is recruiting for a Summer 2012 Legal Intern for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the General Counsel, Public Health Division, NIH Branch.

Initial interviews of selected candidates will be held via telephone. Final interviews of selected candidates will be held at the HHS Office of the General Counsel, Public Health Division, NIH Branch, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Contact Information:
Melanye K. Johnson, J.D.
Senior Attorney
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the General Counsel
Public Health Division
National Institutes of Health Branch
31 Center Drive, Suite 2B-50
Bethesda, MD 20892-2111 USA

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Internship Information Sheet

Environmental Law Fellow/Associate Attorney

Department: Conservation - San Francisco

Reports To: Senior Managing Attorney

Context: As part of national Club legal team, the Environmental Law Fellow helps coordinate all aspects of the Sierra Club's legal work, including evaluating proposed legal actions, administering ongoing litigation and participating in select litigation matters as counsel.

Scope: Under the supervision of senior and staff attorneys, the law fellow evaluates proposed Sierra Club environmental litigation; helps strategize and implement programmatic legal campaigns; serves as a legal resource for the grassroots membership; participates in prosecuting ongoing litigation and assists in building the Environmental Law Program.

Job Activities:
1. Evaluates proposed environmental litigation so that national volunteer and staff leadership can decide whether the Sierra Club should participate in a lawsuit.

2. Oversees and administers ongoing Club litigation so that Club can maintain overview of its litigation docket; helps resolve problems that arise in individual lawsuits.

3. Helps senior legal staff implement programmatic litigation campaigns.

4. Analyzes legal cases and trends for Club membership.

5. Serves as legal resource for Club membership; helps chapters develop and run their local environmental legal programs.

6. Limited prosecution of key Club lawsuits under the supervision of staff and senior attorneys.

7. Develops informational, educational, and fundraising materials for Environmental Law Program.

8. Performs miscellaneous duties as required.

Knowledge & Skills:
-- J.D. degree and license to practice law.

-- Solid writing and analytical skills.

-- Strong interpersonal and consensus building skills.

-- Knowledge of Environmental Law.

The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan. This is a category 5 position.

Apply here

Sierra Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.

Leslie G. Fields
Director, Environmental Justice & Community Partnerships Program
Sierra Club
50 F Street NW, Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20001

Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission's Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) has a number of legal internship opportunities available for which we are seeking applications.

For more information click here.

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation

Click below for more infomation.

Louisiana Capital Assistance Center

Mitigation/Fact Investigator: Applications are being accepted for a capital mitigation specialist/fact investigator position at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Position Description: The mitigation specialist/fact investigator will work as part of a team with attorneys representing clients facing capital trials in Louisiana. He or she will investigate the facts and circumstances of the crime; obtain and analyze anecdotal and documentary evidence relevant to the client's life history; identify, locate and interview witnesses relevant to both the crime and the client's life history in a culturally competent manner; furnish memos on a variety of including social histories and chronologies; consult with attorneys to develop penalty phase theories of the case and case strategy; organize and administer the case file; assist in the identification and work with experts; and provide litigation support to counsel.

Capital Trial Attorney: Applications are being accepted for a capital trial attorney position at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Position Description: The capital trial attorney will work as part of a team with other attorneys and investigators representing clients facing capital trials in Louisiana. He or she will also assist in the provision of training and consultative services to capital defense teams around the state.

About the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center: The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is a not-for-profit capital trial law office based in New Orleans, Louisiana committed to excellence in the provision of defense services to indigent clients facing the death penalty. For more information on this position, its requirements and how to apply, see

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Associate Director Position Description: This is a professional administrative role within the Research and Programs Department with broad authority as a part of the management team. The Associate Director will provide managerial guidance and direction for all operational and administrative functions of the department and will perform significant administrative responsibilities. He/she will be responsible for supervision of professional and support staff and administration of departmental policies and procedures in accordance with the organization's philosophy, goals and objectives. In addition, the Associate Director will play a key role in the development of new and existing initiatives or funding goals. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with supervisory experience, solid business management skills, excellent writing ability, and passion for the organization's mission.

Essential Duties:
1. Manage departmental operations in compliance with the organization's policies and procedures.
2. Manage and motivate departmental staff to promote high levels of achievement and growth.
3. Participate in the development of departmental systems and procedures, and lead their effective implementation and staff compliance.
4. Monitor drawdown of program funds to ensure appropriate allocation of resources and adherence to approved budgets, and reconcile financial reports on a regular basis.
5. Assist with writing/soliciting grants and cultivating relationships with current and potential donors.
6. Supervise project staff in writing and submitting timely project reports to donors, in collaboration with the Resource Development team.
7. Develop and implement mechanisms to evaluate core programs and initiatives toward the achievement of strategic objectives.
8. Assist in the development of departmental and staffing goals and objectives in line with the strategic plan.
9. Prepare a variety of reports and related information for decision-making purposes.
10. Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:
The candidate must have a bachelor's degree with 8 or more years of related experience. Must have at least 3 years of strong management skills and a proven track record in establishing and maintaining strong business relationships. Must be able to lead and supervise a diverse staff as well as work independently. Outstanding customer service skills, excellent communication skills, and strong writing skills required. Must be detail oriented and able to multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. Experience in developing, implementing and managing business and operational procedures and guidelines required. Fund raising and grant-writing experience will be an asset. This position requires initiative, willingness to assume responsibility and proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Application Requirements: CBCF offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision, 403(b), paid vacation and sick time. Qualified applicants only must forward a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three professional references to by April 30, 2012. Please include in the subject line of the email: Associate Director. No phone calls accepted. Principals only.

About the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation: The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation was established in 1976 as a nonpartisan, non-profit, public policy, research and educational institute. Our mission is to advance the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public. CBCF facilitates the exchange of ideas and information by addressing critical issues affecting communities; and provide leadership development and scholarship opportunities to deal with social, economic and health disparities. Visit our web site at to learn about our programs.

Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Assistant Public Defender I Position Description:
• Represents indigent defendants who are charged with misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases in district courts throughout the State of Maryland.
• Prepares for and handles bail review hearings, district court trials, preliminary hearings, violations of probation hearings, sentence review hearings and modification of sentence hearings.
• Participates in Office of the Public Defender trainings.

Assistant Public Defender I Position Description:
• Demonstrated commitment to zealous, comprehensive public defense.
• Ability to work both independently and as part of an active, team-oriented environment.
• Litigation experience representing clients in District Court misdemeanors or Juvenile Delinquency matters helpful.
• Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or bar of another state. Must become admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start.

Assistant Public Defender I positions are located at OPD offices throughout the State of Maryland. Assistant Public Defenders are full time employees who serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender (Maryland Code, Criminal Procedure Article, Section 16-203(d)). Assistant Public Defenders cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position.

How to Apply: To apply, please a submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications with salary requirements, current resume, attorney application found at and 3 written letters of reference to:
Assistant Public Defender I Vacancies
Office of the Public Defender
6 Saint Paul St., Suite 1304
Baltimore, MD 21202

About the Maryland Office of the Public Defender: The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is an independent state agency with over 800 employees dedicated to providing superior legal representation to indigent defendants in the State of Maryland. The Office of the Public Defender seeks dynamic and dedicated litigators to serve as Assistant Public Defenders in District Court locations throughout the State of Maryland.

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