Opening at UCLA Law -- Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

01 Dec 2017 9:36 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

THE UCLA SCHOOL OF LAW is seeking a highly energetic individual with environmental litigation practice experience to serve as Clinical Supervising Attorney and Project Director for the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic.

The Director will contribute to advocacy-oriented service and teaching programs and projects as well as the Institute’s research programs. The attorney will manage legal work, including litigation and administrative advocacy, and supervise students in the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic and other experiential learning contexts; develop and implement strategic research; supervise interns and volunteers; and perform other tasks in support of the Emmett Institute and the Wells Clinic, as necessary.

At the direction of, and in collaboration with, the Emmett Institute co-executive directors and co-faculty directors, the Director will develop and execute advocacy-related service projects; be responsible for existing public service projects and programs; participate in designing and advancing a range of policy and legal initiatives; assist in developing curriculum as well as teach; develop and select clients and cases with sound pedagogical value; mentor and provide support and guidance to students in the Clinic; act as a case manager and attorney within the Clinic; act as case manager for public service advocacy projects; foster relationships with lawyers and organizations, including environmental and environmental justice advocacy organizations to build and continue the work of the Clinic and the Institute in Los Angeles and nationwide; and meaningfully engage with communities and advocates on important issues.

The Emmett Institute is dedicated to creating and advancing legal and policy solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges, and to training the next generation of leaders to address these issues. The program fosters informed debate and analysis to educate the public, policymakers, business leaders, and others on critical environmental issues. The Wells Clinic, a program within the Institute, trains law students in environmental lawyering. Under the supervision of experienced environmental lawyers, students work on behalf of environmental and community groups on litigation and regulatory matters. Both the Institute and the Clinic rely on advocacy, in collaboration with partners, as one of the tools to accomplish their goals.

The ideal candidate will have significant legal experience in environmental law and climate change or in related fields. Previous experience teaching in a law school clinical setting is also desirable but not required. Candidates must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, plus admission to the California Bar or willingness to sit for the California Bar.

This is a full-time, year-round, academic, non-tenure track position. The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual. (See; and

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by February 2, 2018 but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. Please apply online at by submitting pdf copies of a cover letter, current resume, and the names and addresses for at least three professional references.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy ( The University of California seeks candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.


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