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CBF offers a 36-hour work week, a flexible telework policy, and for full-time staff, a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 2 floating holidays, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan with matching contribution. Learn more about CBF Benefits.

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We Are Committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

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Just as biodiversity is the key to a thriving ecosystem, human diversity is the key to saving the Bay. Success depends on people from widely diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, identities, and races taking collective action. Clean water, clean air, and a safe environment are rights we all share.

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Studies show that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every qualification listed in a job description. Wondering whether you have the right credentials or background to apply? We value lived experience, are serious about embracing diversity, and are committed to building a team that represents our communities' backgrounds. We encourage BIPOC, women, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities to apply.

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Litigation Fellow

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Software Engineering
Annapolis, MD, USA
Posted on Friday, October 13, 2023

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Litigation Fellow in the Litigation Department to be based at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center located in Annapolis, MD.

About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Established in 1966, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to saving the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and streams, and the wildlife that call it home through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration. Since 2010, CBF has engaged in a focused effort to defend and implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, a binding federal and state collaborative agreement aimed at reducing pollution to the science-based, legally-affirmed levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Blueprint is expected to be fully implemented by 2025. If the states and the federal government achieve Blueprint goals, the Bay will finally—after decades of failed efforts—be removed from the Clean Water Act's impaired waters list. Successfully implementing the Blueprint depends on a well-informed, engaged, active, and diverse constituency of members, advocates, and volunteers who speak up and take action to save the Bay.

CBF has a staff of approximately 230 employees working in offices in Annapolis, Maryland; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C. as well as 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water policies, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world's first U.S. Green Build Council's LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center—one of the world's most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings—in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

CBF has 200,000 members and supporters and an annual budget of approximately $30 million. For more information on CBF, please visit our About CBF page.

About the Hiring Department

Litigation

CBF's Litigation department evaluates opportunities for filing legal actions against private parties, states, or the federal government which support CBF objectives throughout the Bay Watershed. In the appropriate circumstances, the department recommends that suit be filed, and if approved by the president and the litigation committee, counsel is retained, or the department staff handles litigation of the action internally.

Context of the Position

The litigation fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent law school graduate, within three years of law school, to work with experienced environmental practitioners within a leading environmental non-profit organization and gain the necessary training and professional development to launch a successful career in environmental law. 

The fellow will take a lead role in developing litigation for new cases, research, and memo writing while working and managing a project designed to help lay the groundwork for litigation and possibly other advocacy work within CBF.  In addition, the fellow will work closely with the Vice President for Litigation, litigation counsel, litigation staff, and other CBF staff, including scientists, land planners, lobbyists, and educators.   

Essential Functions

1. Analyzing federal and state environmental laws, regulations, and administrative processes that apply to the project.

2. Reviewing agency records, files, and documents.

3. Summarizing findings in the form of a formal memorandum that includes proper documentation and accurate citations.

4. Work directly with diverse community members to learn about the environmental conditions of their neighborhood and with other groups outside of CBF as needed, including local environmental activities.

5. Managing a budget specific to the project.

6. Working with CBF staff to promote the project.

7. Participating in the day-to-day life of CBF, including staff meetings, strategy sessions and at least one CBF field experience.

8. Assist the litigation department in developing cases.  

Professional Experience and Qualifications

CBF seeks independent, creative thinkers who will help us to act wisely and in the public interest as we strive to “Save the Bay.”  The ideal candidate will possess the following:

* JD from an accredited law school.

* Admission to practice law in at least one State (can be obtained during fellowship).

* Experience with environmental and administrative law and civil procedure.

* Strong legal research and writing, interpersonal, and communications skills.

* Willingness to travel regionally.

* Ability to work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people.

Additional Information

Please note this is a grant-funded position that is expected to be funded for one year.  However, as with any position that is dependent on grant money, there is the risk of unexpected funding problems and the position can no longer being funded through the grant.  IF that should happen, CBF will review the position at that time to determine if it can then be funded from other sources of income within the organization.

Salary Range: $65,000 - $70,000

How to Apply

Using the link below, please submit a cover letter and resume. This position will remain open until filled.

Apply Now

CBF offers a 36-hour work week, a flexible telework policy, and for full-time staff, a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 2 floating holidays, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan with matching contribution. Learn more about CBF Benefits.