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Founders' Legacy Fellowship

In 2016, Earthrise celebrated the 20th anniversary of the clinic. Our founders, Dan Rohlf and Craig Johnston, hope to leave a legacy of environmental advocacy that will continue for the next 20 years. Started in 2013, Earthrise’s fellowship program has grown and now includes two full-time fellows. Over their two years with Earthrise, legal fellows are treated as first year associates—developing their own cases while simultaneously working with senior attorneys to gain valuable experience at the beginning of their careers. This fellowship helps ensure that recent law school graduates have the opportunity to get a jumpstart on their careers as environmental advocates. While it is encouraged, students need not have taken the Earthrise clinic or summer clerkship.

This is a temporary, two-year fellowship with no option for extension. The ideal applicant is a smart, enthusiastic, hard-working person with a positive attitude and a desire to have a career in the public interest environmental legal field.

The application period for the Founders’ Legacy Fellowship is now closed. The 2017 fellow will be announced in March. Please check back in February 2018 for the next opening. 
For more information on how to apply, click here.  

Current Founders’ Legacy Fellow

Doug DeRoy
Legal Fellow 2016-2018

As someone looking to forge a career in public interest environmental law, I can’t think of a better first job out of law school than the Earthrise Founders’ Legacy Fellowship.

The opportunity to bolster my legal education with practical environmental law experience in Earthrise’s environmental law clinic is what drew me to Lewis & Clark Law School. My experience working with Earthrise attorneys during law school, both as a clinical student and summer law clerk, served as the keystone of my legal education.

I intend to use my law degree to advocate for wild salmonids and the habitats that support them, and the Founders’ Legacy Fellowship will provide invaluable initial experience toward that goal.

The attorneys at Earthrise are not only expert litigators; they are also excellent teachers and mentors who are genuinely committed to training the next generation of public interest environmental advocates. Earthrise gives its fellows a level of responsibility rarely given to fellows and first-year associates at other firms, which I’m confident will leave me well prepared for the road ahead.

Past Founders’ Legacy Fellow

Ryan Shannon
Legal Fellow 2015-2017

I was thrilled when I was offered the Founders’ Legacy Fellowship position. At the time, I had been working with Earthrise for two years as a clinical student; I have truly appreciated the opportunity to continue to work with Earthrise. 

First and foremost, Earthrise has been a fantastic learning opportunity for me both as a student and as a fellow. Every attorney at Earthrise is knowledgeable, experienced, and a joy to work with. Additionally, they’re great teachers. 

Entering into a fellowship program like this after graduating law school is invaluable as it provides a great opportunity to gain critical initial experience. Right away I was given significant and substantive responsibilities and was encouraged to develop my own docket. I don’t know of many firms that offer that kind of opportunity to new associates. 

Finally, I know that the time I’ve spent practicing here at Earthrise has prepared me well to go out and continue to work in public interest environmental law. I hope that, wherever I wind up, I can continue to work with my friends and fellow attorneys at Earthrise.


Support the Founders’ Legacy Fellowship Fund

To commemorate our 20th anniversary, we announced the start of our Founders’ Legacy Fellowship Fund. This fund will ensure that recent law school graduates will have the opportunity to get a jumpstart on their careers as environmental advocates. Please support us in this endeavor to pay it forward by making a donation to this fund. 



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