Position Description: Columbia Riverkeeper is accepting applications for 2018 summer and semester law clerks. Riverkeeper focuses on giving law clerks hands-on experience working with the organization's staff attorneys and outside counsel to improve legal writing and research skills while learning about laws that protect habitat and water quality in the Columbia River.
Organization: Columbia Riverkeeper protects and restores the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific, by combining strategic litigation and grassroots activism. Riverkeeper is a non-profit conservation organization with offices in Portland, Oregon, and the scenic Columbia River Gorge town of Hood River, Oregon. Riverkeeper works on a number of the most pressing environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest, including protecting the Columbia from fossil fuel export terminals and toxic pollution. Riverkeeper's litigation docket includes Clean Water Act enforcement actions, land use and permitting appeals, and litigation under state and federal open government laws.
2L or 3L law student. Demonstrated commitment to conservation and a desire to practice public interest environmental law required. Attention to detail and strong legal research skills a must. Experience with civil litigation, administrative law, American Indian law, or environmental law a plus.
Combine a (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) unofficial transcript, (4) writing sample (preferably containing original work in the area of environmental or administrative law), and (5) list of three references into one PDF file titled "Last Name, First Name Clerkship Application" (Example: Doe, Jane Clerkship Application). Email PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.