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Joe Melchione was a member of Waterkeeper's Board of Directors from 2008 until his passing in April 2012. Joe was a champion for clean water and healthy oceans. He was an avid surfer, and was very concerned with the public health of recreational users in the bay. As an attorney, he was especially supportive of the litigation and advocacy work of the Los Angeles Waterkeeper. In memory of Joe and in honor of all that he contributed, Waterkeeper established this one-year fellowship to continue the efforts that made Joe proud to be a member of the Waterkeeper family.
Los Angeles Waterkeeper's law fellows have an opportunity to assist with oversight of past settlement agreements and judgments to ensure full compliance with the law, help develop and pursue new cases, and to advocate in the regulatory and legislative arenas for policies that will enhance protection of our waters.Specifically, the law fellow will have the opportunity to:
- Draft comment letters to federal, state and local agencies such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the State Water Resources Control Board, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, the California Coastal Commission, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and City Councils.
- Participate in ongoing casework in both State and Federal Courts. The law fellow will be responsible for performing issue-specific legal research, drafting pleadings and memoranda, filing motions, conducting discovery and fact-analysis, and attending court appearances with staff or partnering attorneys.
- Review, research and analyze current and proposed legislative materials.
- Draft Public Records Act Requests and 60-day Notice of Intent letters to file Clean Water Act citizen enforcement suits.
Start Date: April 1, 2013
- Law degree from an accredited law school
- Familiarity with federal and state environmental laws including the Federal Clean Water Act, State of California Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, the California Public Records Act
- Experience conducting environmental legal research and drafting legal memoranda on environmental issues
- An ability to juggle multiple projects at a time, and work in a fast-paced environment
- A demonstrated passion for environmental protection and advocacy
- Member of the California State Bar preferred
Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to Liz Crosson, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Information: Liz Crosson
Application Deadline: 03/15/2013