Visiting Associate Professor - Georgetown Environmental Law & Justice Clinic

10 Dec 2019 6:02 PM | Rachel Settlage

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER'S ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & JUSTICE PROJECT (IPR) seeks applications for a Visiting Associate Professor during the 2020-21 academic year. The Environmental Law & Justice Clinic at the Institute for Public Representation (IPR) is a public interest law firm and clinical education program founded at Georgetown Law in 1971. The Clinic gives students the opportunity to engage in complex, cutting-edge litigation before appellate courts and administrative agencies in matters that have a significant impact on issues of broad public importance.

The clinic is a significant time commitment for students (32 hrs./week) for which they receive 12 credits and participate in a weekly seminar taught by the director and fellows.

The Clinic allows students to work as counsel on unique, large-scale projects for groups and individuals who are unable to obtain effective legal representation. Under the supervision of the Clinic’s faculty and teaching fellows, students have prepared comments and petitions for rulemaking to be filed with administrative agencies; drafted briefs and pleadings for use in court or in administrative agency proceedings; and drafted testimony and comments on proposed legislation and proposed agency rules.

The Clinic works in the area of environmental law and has covered a wide range of issues, including air and water pollution, hazardous waste disposal, renewable energy, wildlife protection, resource extraction, food law, and Indian tribal matters. Recent examples include filing an amicus brief on behalf of 24 environmental law professors in the Fifth Circuit arguing that the Endangered Species Act’s protections for endangered intrastate species are valid under the Commerce Clause and litigating a Clean Water Act enforcement suit to compel a coal-fired power plant to comply with pollution limits in its NPDES permit.

Georgetown Law has operated its top-ranked clinical program for more than 50 years. Through this program, students learn the practical art of lawyering while providing quality legal representation to under-represented individuals and organizations.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and references to Patrick Griffith, Assistant Dean for Clinical Programs, at patrick.griffith@georgetown.edu. Georgetown Law has a strong commitment to diversity among its faculty and encourages applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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