Description:
EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. EDF's U.S. Clean Air team is dedicated to achieving that vision in our work, helping achieve clean air for all.

Environmental Defense Fund is seeking a highly qualified and deeply motivated legal fellow to work on the organization's U.S. Clean Air team. The Legal Fellow will work on projects and cases aimed at reducing climate-destabilizing emissions from the electricity sector. The work will include a heavy emphasis on federal litigation, regulatory advocacy, and policy analysis and advocacy. The Legal Fellow will work in a high-intensity, fast-paced, multi-disciplinary setting to formulate and implement strategies, laws, and policies.

Overall Function
The Legal Fellow will primarily work on federal projects and cases aimed at reducing climate-destabilizing emissions from the electricity sector. The work will include a heavy emphasis on federal litigation centered on the interaction between state air, climate, and energy programs and federally regulated wholesale markets. The Legal Fellow will also focus on federal energy and regulatory actions, including before and involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy (DOE), Independent System Operators (ISO) and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO). As a member of the U.S. Clean Air team, the legal fellow may also be asked to support our other efforts to reduce air pollution from power plants and other major sources through litigation, regulatory advocacy, and legislation. The Legal Fellow will work in a high-intensity, fast-paced, multi-disciplinary setting to formulate and implement strategies, laws, and policies.

Key Responsibilities
  • The work ranges from strategy sessions about what legal arguments will be most effective in a specific briefing effort to intensive legal research on cutting-edge energy and environmental law questions to the development of comments and other public materials to advocate for and support the development of effective regulatory policies.
  • The Legal Fellow will focus on research, writing, and presentation of legal and policy documents for federal court litigation, administrative litigation, national and state regulatory proceedings, and various policy venues. The Legal Fellow will engage deeply in legal and regulatory efforts around the Federal Power Act, electric grid operations and management, wholesale electricity markets, and state air, climate, and energy laws and policies.

Qualifications
We seek recent law school graduates and recent law clerks interested in working on cutting edge regional, national, and international climate and energy issues. Other qualifications include:
  • Licensed to practice law or actively seeking admission to the Bar, with background in environmental, energy, and administrative law.
  • Familiarity with the Federal Power Act and FERC.
  • Interest and experience in federal litigation centered on state air, climate, and energy laws and policies and federal energy laws and regulations.
  • Familiarity with Constitutional law, with particular emphasis upon the dormant Commerce Clause and Supremacy Clause.
  • Ability to collect, manipulate, analyze, and interpret legal data and prepare reports of findings.
  • Excellent legal research, analytical, writing and advocacy skills.
  • Establishes and maintains strong working relationships with internal and external allies.
  • Results-oriented, self-starter with the ability to think strategically and work on fast-paced, dynamic issues.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a leader or member of teams in a dynamic and fast-paced environment with colleagues and partners of diverse background and experience.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Able to prioritize and be flexible.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency, experience with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

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