The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Vermont Law School and Earthjustice are partnering to expand our environmental justice capacity through the creation of a new environmental justice initiative. We are hiring an attorney professor who will be located at the Clinic and will work with Earthjustice’s Healthy Communities program and as part of the Clinic’s growing environmental justice program area. Cases and projects will include Vermont and New England-based initiatives as well as efforts at the national level and in other areas of the United States.
About Vermont Law School
Vermont Law School's top-ranked environmental program includes a curriculum of more than 60 environmental law courses, as well as master's and LLM degrees in three areas - environmental law and policy, energy regulation and law, and food and agriculture law and policy.
Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic
The ENRLC forms a key component of the environmental education we offer our students. The program functions as a pro bono public interest environmental law firm and gives students the opportunity to hone their skills in real-world cases and projects. The ENRLC is organized into four main program areas - Water and Justice, Coal and Climate, Healthy Communities, and Biodiversity - and we retain the flexibility to take on cases and projects outside these areas as well. The clinic's work includes a mix of litigation, administrative agency proceedings, client counseling, and other forms of environmental advocacy. Our clients are community groups and conservation organizations, and we partner with a wide variety of organizations at the local, regional, and national level. We are seeking to grow our environmental justice program. Clinic Director Jill Witkowski Heaps is a leader in the environmental justice field, serving as Vice-Chair of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. The addition of an environmental justice attorney will lay the groundwork for a more formalized program and the Clinic and in the law school as a whole. More information is available on the ENRLC website: http://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/ENRLC.
Earthjustice is the nation’s original and largest nonprofit environmental law organization. Earthjustice has more than a hundred attorneys in offices across the country, and it leverages its expertise and commitment to fight for justice to advance the promise of a healthy world for all. In the Healthy Communities program, Earthjustice fights for a future where children can breathe clean air, no matter where they live; where products in our homes are free of toxic chemicals; and where all communities are safer, healthier places to live and work. Like the ENRLC, Earthjustice represents its clients free of charge. More information is available on the Earthjustice website: http://earthjustice.org/.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Earthjustice Clinical Professor will be a full-time attorney housed within the Clinic. This position will be dedicated to working on environmental justice issues, with cases and projects chosen in collaboration between Earthjustice and the Clinic. Specific responsibilities include: