Organization Type:- Public Interest
Job Type:- Attorney
Energy Transitions Legal Fellow
The Legal Fellow will primarily work on policy advocacy at state energy and environmental agencies across the country concerning the transition to zero emissions medium and heavy duty trucks and buses. Within the role, the main topics covered will be regulation and oversight of electric vehicle charging and deployment programs and practices that are relevant to ensuring transport electrification occurs in a cost-effective, equitable, and environmentally beneficial manner. Will contribute to these efforts by working closely with in-house attorneys and experts to advance winning positions through coalition building, comment and testimony preparation and delivery, and formal representation of firm in regulatory proceedings where firm is a participant. Conduct legal and factual research on transportation electrification solutions (alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and relevant utility practices... including cost allocation and rate design). Conduct legal research necessary to inform advocacy before multiple agencies in a variety of states, including within coalitions of states working together on solutions development. These agencies would include energy agencies with regulatory oversite of electric utilities, and environmental / administrative agencies considering broad policy developments to encourage electric vehicle deployment. Contribute to regulatory filings and administrative comments. Draft public-facing documents such as fact sheets and blog posts about legal and policy issues. Represent firm at public hearings and meetings before government agencies. Support environmental justice initiatives, such as leveraging truck and bus electrification to reduce pollution in overburdened communities. Provide other support to the team's legislative and regulatory advocacy as needed.
Qualification and Experience
The fellow should be a law school graduates and recent law clerks interested in working on cutting-edge energy and transportation issues. A Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited Law School is required. Should have license to practice law or actively seeking admission to the Bar of any state or DC. Academic experience to public policy, ideally demonstrated in the form of a Master's in Public Policy or equivalent academic credential is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and to advocacy for environmental and public health protections is needed. Experience on transportation electrification issues is a plus. Academic or professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: administrative law, state or federal regulatory processes, energy law. Should have ability to collect, analyze, and interpret legal data and prepare reports of findings. Should have excellent legal research, analytical, writing, and advocacy skills. Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external allies is required. Should be able to work both independently and as a leader or member of teams in a dynamic and creative environment with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Note: The term for the Legal Fellow position is one year, with start date available immediately