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Earthrise is hiring a legal fellow!

April 05, 2019

Two-Year Legal Fellow Position Opening

Earthrise Law Center is seeking a 2019 (or December 2018) law school graduate to be a Founder’s Legacy legal fellow starting in late August 2019.  This is a temporary, two-year fellowship with no option for extension.

Earthrise has a full docket of exciting and complex litigation covering a broad spectrum of environmental laws and issues. For example, currently Earthrise staff and students are working on cases involving endangered species, water quality standards, forest protection, energy infrastructure, and more. The fellow will assist Earthrise faculty members and staff attorneys in all aspects of their litigation matters, including case development, motions practice, communicating with clients and expert witnesses, discovery, oral argument, and settlement. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with and learn from attorneys who are dedicated both to public interest environmental litigation and to training new lawyers on how to be successful advocates. The fellow will also work to develop his or her own cases. 

Earthrise is looking for a smart, enthusiastic, hard-working person with a positive attitude and a desire to have a career in the public interest environmental legal field.


  • December 2018 or Spring 2019 law school graduate
  • Will be licensed to practice in Oregon within 1 year
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest environmental law
  • You do not need to have taken the Earthrise clinic course to apply for this position 

To apply: Email a resume, cover letter, transcript, list of three references, writing sample, diversity statement*, and certification** to Please submit your application as one PDF document.

Deadline: 5:00 pm Monday, April 15, 2019.

Salary: $40,000, including benefits. 

You can also contact Earthrise Co-Directors, Tom Buchele (, and Allison LaPlante (; or Morgan Staric (, and Kathryn Roberts (, Earthrise’s two current legal fellows. 

*Diversity Statement: Please submit a diversity statement that outlines your experiences with diversity, equity and inclusion. Those experiences can include, but are not limited to the following: lived experience as a member of an underrepresented group; experience living and meaningfully interacting with individuals with a variety of identities; and professional development or other training in diversity, equity and inclusion. If your experiences are different from those listed and you have a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, please explain how you will manifest that commitment in this position.

**Certification form is available in the link at the top of the page.


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