Earth Law & Policy Fellow

Miami Shores, FL
Full Time
Job #: R0002848
Barry University School of Law seeks to fill the Center for Earth Jurisprudence Earth Law & Policy Fellow. This is a part-time temporary position for a current Barry Law student working up to 15 hours per week. There are 3 positions available. The CEJ Earth Law and Policy Fellow will primarily be responsible for legal and legislative research. The Fellow must be able to use library and internet resources to discover and confirm information relevant to legislative history, judicial outcomes, hearings, depositions, and legal meetings. The Fellow will also perform related administrative duties, such as preparing official legal documents and maintaining records. Additionally, the Fellow will shadow the Director and Associate Director during related advocacy, legislative, and legal strategic planning and proceedings. Experience in social media management and website development a plus. Appreciation for the natural world and its inherent rights a must. The purpose of this Fellowship is to prepare the Fellow for a career in environmental legal advocacy.

Essential Functions
  • Research and writing on legislative history and current legislative matters, particularly in Florida. Preparation of advocacy materials and proposed legislation.
  • Legal research and writing regarding earth jurisprudence, environmental law, environmental justice, the public trust doctrine, the precautionary principle, natural resources law, and Florida and national regulatory process. This list is illustrative and not exhaustive.
  • Traveling with CEJ to advocate for the positions prepared.
  • Assist with additional CEJ duties as assigned, including social media outreach and website.

CEJ is the only Center within a U.S. law school dedicated to advancing laws, policy, and governance designed to protect the natural systems, species, and entities that sustain life on Earth through the use of Earth Law principles. Our work is based upon the concept that humanity has a basic responsibility to care for and protect the long-term health and well-being of Earth, meaning all beings and ecosystems that constitute the natural world, recognizing that humanity is an integral and interdependent part of nature. Earth Jurisprudence is an emerging field of law that encompasses both environmental ethics and legal practice. Since its creation in 2006, CEJ has advanced its outreach, programming and visibility significantly.

Supplemental Documents - Include with Application
  • Recent writing example.
  • Copy of current transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable).

  • Must be a current 2L or 3L Barry Law student who has completed their required LRW courses.
  • Must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA before and during Fellowship.
  • One to three years related experience required.
  • The Fellow will understand the critical importance of creating new legal systems that protect nature, see this work as culturally transformational, and appreciate the importance of. maintaining organizational efficiency and transparency.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to ecological and social justice.
  • Comfortable working in a collaborative, multi-faceted organization.
  • Must have excellent organizational and writing skills.
  • Proficient in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Must have extensive experience with social media and marketing.
  • Be a self-starter, detail oriented, and have a proven ability to work independently as well as with a team.

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