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The School of Law has an outstanding opportunity for a one-year Diehl Clinical Fellow in Environmental Law to extend the reach and impact of the UW Regulatory Environmental Law & Policy Clinic (RELP) to Washington communities, populations, and geographies currently underserved by existing pro bono legal services. The John E. Diehl Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate rapid entry into public service environmental law by recent UW Law graduates. This position achieves that aim by expanding and advancing work begun in the RELP clinic for non-government organizations (NGOs). RELP has a number of standing public interest NGO clients as well as a substantial portfolio of recent work, particularly work in environmental justice. The Diehl Fellow will look for opportunities to further the work begun by RELP in prior years by, among other possibilities, filing follow-up letters and petitions, attending and testifying on behalf of clients in public forums, and in special circumstances joining outside partners in commencing strategic litigation. The Fellow will also look for opportunities to diversify and grow the client base of the RELP clinic to include a wider range of locations, areas of protection, and communities. To maximize the Fellow’s experience in hands-on and self-directed legal practice, this position does not include a teaching component. However, the Fellow may be called upon to present case-related legal materials to RELP participants where the material is connected to current student projects.
This position runs from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.
•Work collaboratively with the RELP policy director to develop a targeted, one-year Fellowship docket that builds off of recent RELP projects and successes, with particular emphasis on environmental justice and increasing access to law in underserved communities; •Conduct legal research and analysis; draft legal documents; and, on behalf of clinic clients and in consultation with the RELP policy director and staff attorney, file comment letters, rulemaking petitions, administrative appeals, amicus briefs, and (in exceptional cases) formal complaints in conjunction with outside pro bono co-counsel; •Attend public meetings, administrative hearings, or legal proceedings as required by the projects and filings included on the Fellowship docket; •Assist the RELP policy director and staff attorney in establishing new relationships and novel NGO partnerships in areas of Washington that have been previously unserved or underserved by RELP; and, •Assist the RELP policy director and staff attorney in presenting project-related legal research and analysis to RELP clinical students where the Fellow docket and student dockets share a client or related issue.
•Juris Doctor •Must be a 2021 graduate from the University of Washington School of Law, or a 2020 graduate of UW Law presently in a judicial clerkship that concludes by October 1, 2021. •Completion of two or more quarters (six months) of supervised work as a legal intern, extern, or clerk in a law firm, government agency, public interest organization, law school clinic, or judicial chambers •Admission to, and good standing with, the Washington state bar by October 1, 2021. •Exceptional research, writing, and oral advocacy skills. •Demonstrated commitment to expanding access to law in the public interest, especially via success in working with diverse communities and stakeholders.
No alternative education or experience can be substituted for the requirements above. This position is funded by a gift that restricts funding to recent UW Law graduates who are beginning careers in public interest environmental law and with the purpose of increasing access specifically for new lawyers entering a competitive field.
•One or more years in a professional position serving the public interest, especially experience working in partnership with diverse and/or historically marginalized communities. •An understanding of Washington state environmental laws, the Washington Administrative Procedure Act, and the mechanics of administrative appeals before the state Environmental & Land Use Hearing Office. •Familiarity with environmental justice (EJ) principles in law as well as recent EJ laws and regulations in Washington state and elsewhere. •Dynamic and empathetic skills to foster relationships with partners, agencies, and communities. •Demonstrated ability to work independently and under pressure of frequent deadlines.
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