School of Law, Duke University

Position ID:Duke-Law-FELLOW [#13262, ELCF]
Position Title: Environmental Law Clinic Fellow
Position Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline:2019/03/25* (posted 2019/02/07, listed until 2019/03/25)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Clinical Law Fellow

About the Clinic: The Environmental Law & Policy Clinic is a joint program of Duke Law School and the Nicholas School of the Environment. Our mission is training the next generation of leaders to solve environmental problems while providing access to justice in underserved communities. Students and law fellows advise and represent non-profit clients under the supervision of Clinic Director Ryke Longest and Supervising Attorney Michelle Nowlin. The Clinic provides a range of services to its nonprofit clients, including factual and legal research, litigation representation, policy research and development, and client counseling. Cases involve a wide range of environmental matters, including watershed and wetlands protection, water quality, land conservation, renewable energy, pesticide exposure, air pollution, endangered species protection, climate change, toxic chemical exposure, sustainable agriculture, environmental justice and much more.

About the Position: This position is a one-year fellowship with the possibility of extension for a second year depending upon performance and funding. Salary and benefits are commensurate with comparable academic positions at Duke. This is a full-time professional position located in Durham, North Carolina. Some additional evening, weekend, and travel assignments may be required.

Responsibilities: Depending on the Clinic’s caseload and the law fellow’s skills and experience, responsibilities may include:


     Supporting the Clinic course as a Teaching Assistant in clinical seminars

     Supervising student work on case teams in conjunction with clinical faculty

     Maintaining current content on the course website (Sakai)

     Conducting legal research using a wide range of research tools

     Developing legal strategies to accomplish clients’ goals

     Drafting legal documents, including motions and pleadings for state and federal courts

     Policy analysis and drafting policy recommendations

     Drafting comment letters and petitions directed to state and federal agencies

     Advising clients on legal and policy matters

     Statutory and regulatory analysis

     Drafting proposed legislation and regulations

     Editing and proofreading, including for compliance with the Bluebook or other style manual

     Public information requests and document review from agencies

     Supporting supervising attorneys in student supervision and case management

     Presenting before client and community groups

     Working with Clinic staff to recruit students for course work and for employment opportunities such as summer fellowships



     Identifying potential clients and developing client relationships

     Organizing meetings with clients, colleagues, and community groups

     Attending state and/or federal agency meetings

     Attending and presenting at environmental law conferences

     Following established office protocol and procedures

     Assisting other team members including Paralegal

     Assisting in drafting scholarly writing for publication (if time permits)


     Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school

     Admission to at least one state bar at least three years prior to applying, and in good standing

     Admission to or willingness to apply for admission to the North Carolina State Bar is required

     Proficiency using Westlaw or LexisNexis for legal research. Working knowledge of Clio or other document management software.

     Knowledge of environmental and administrative laws at both the state and federal levels, and willingness to learn new areas of law

     Ability to independently identify and complete tasks necessary for effective client representation

     Effective and respectful communication with co-workers, clients, and students

     Excellent analytical and persuasive writing

     Effectively communicates complex legal strategy to lay audiences both orally and in writing

     Demonstrated dedication to environmental clinical practice

     Excellent time management skills

     Preferences in hiring include: experience with environmental law clinical work, litigation experience and teaching experience

How to Apply:

All candidates must apply through Academic Jobs Online ( 

Please also send a copy of all application materials (cover letter, resume, writing sample (no longer than 15 pages), and contact information for 3 professional references) to by 5:00 p.m. on March 25, 2019. Target hire month is June 2019.

Duke is committed to encouraging and sustaining work and learning environments that are free from harassment and prohibited discrimination. Duke prohibits discrimination and harassment in the administration of both its employment and educational policies. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
210 Science Drive
Suite 1015, Duke Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708-0362

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