Fellowship Opportunity: GCC Seeks Graduating Law Students for Justice Fellow Program

February 18, 2022

The Georgetown Climate Center is seeking two graduating JD students for one-year Georgetown Justice Fellowships. GCC is offering two full-time, paid positions: the Justice Fellow for Mitigation will join GCC’s efforts to support policies that reduce climate change emissions, and the Justice Fellow for Adaptation will support GCC’s work related to climate adaptation and resilience. Justice Fellowships are open to graduates receiving their JD from an accredited law school no later than May 2022. Applications are due Friday, March 4, 2022. This page includes descriptions of the fellowship opportunities and how to apply.

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GCC Justice Fellowship Program 2022 - Mitigation Program

The Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) is seeking a JD Class of 2022 candidate interested in working with the Climate Center for one year following graduation as a Fellow to support our work with senior state and federal officials working to advance new federal regulations that will result in equitable strategies for achieving meaningful greenhouse gas emission reductions. The Climate Center's work involves convening senior state agency staff from climate leadership states and conducting analysis to inform these important dialogues.

GCC serves as a resource to state, federal, and local policymakers, including by educating federal government officials regarding state and local experiences, working to ensure that lessons learned by leadership states and communities are reflected in federal programs, and exploring possible areas of agreement across states and regions in informing important policy details. GCC also educates state and local government leaders about federal policy developments, serving as a resource to state and local policymakers on developments in federal climate and energy policy, with a focus on provisions that affect states and their ability to achieve their climate and equity policy goals.

Through convening government officials, experts, and stakeholders, GCC provides frequent opportunities for engagement with policymakers to discuss new challenges and best practices for achieving more ambitious and equitable climate policy solutions.

Fellows will have opportunities to engage directly with policymakers and provide research and analysis that supports the development of well-informed, equitable policymaking. Currently, GCC is working directly with federal agency staff; state energy and environment agency officials across the country; and leading academic and policy experts to explore opportunities to reduce emissions in the electric power and transportation sectors. The Justice Fellow will work with Climate Center staff to conduct legal and policy analysis related to this work. This will include analyzing relevant judicial rulings and regulatory text (e.g., the Clean Air Act’s provisions to regulate emissions of air pollutants from stationary sources), tracking the development of federal programs of key importance for states (e.g., the Justice40 initiative to direct federal investments to overburdened and underserved communities), writing white papers and policy summaries for state officials, and conducting other legal and policy analysis to support the development of equitable and effective federal rulemaking and policy development.

Candidate Qualifications: Applicants should be JD Class of 2022 (graduation date winter 2021/22 or spring 2022) students at an ABA-accredited law school and should have strong research, writing, and editing skills and a demonstrated interest in climate change, energy, or environmental law, or a related field. We prefer, but do not require, applicants who have prior experience working with state or federal governments or nonprofits, particularly working on climate change, energy, and/or environmental law or policy.

How to apply:

Applications should be submitted by March 4, 2022.

Georgetown students: Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample through Symplicity.

Students from other universities: Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Matthew Goetz (goetz@georgetown.edu)

Please note: This position is partially funded through the Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS), and the selected candidate will be required to work with the GCC to complete a Georgetown Justice Fellowship application by April 1 to obtain funding. Georgetown Justice Fellowship recipients will be announced no later than May 2022.


GCC Justice Fellowship Program 2022 - Adaptation Program

The Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) is seeking JD Class of 2022 candidates interested in working with the Center as a Justice Fellow for one year following graduation. The Justice Fellow will support our work on a variety of cutting-edge projects analyzing and identifying best practices for how state and local governments are preparing for the impacts of climate change (including sea-level rise, managed retreat, extreme heat, and equitable approaches to adaptation, among other topics).

GCC serves as a resource to states and communities on climate change adaptation law and policy, working directly with state and local government practitioners to help them identify and implement innovative policy solutions that build more resilient communities, infrastructure, and natural systems. In addition to place-based legal and policy support, GCC provides adaptation resources for a range of state and local government practitioners like our Managed Retreat Toolkit and Equitable Adaptation Legal and Policy Toolkit, both launched in 2020.

GCC also helps to inform the federal dialogue around adaptation policy through the analysis of federal laws, programs, and regulations, and by bringing the on-the-ground lessons from states to inform these discussions. Through topic-based workshops and ongoing peer learning forums like our State Policy Forum and Regional Collaboratives Forum, GCC provides frequent opportunities for engagement among local, state, and federal practitioners to discuss new challenges and best practices for more effectively integrating resilience into legal, policy, and planning solutions. With the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Center will be working at the intersection of all levels of government to ensure that the Act’s resources are invested to bolster resilience in communities - and particularly frontline communities.

The Justice Fellow will work with GCC staff to conduct research, legal and policy analysis, and writing related to GCC's federal, state, and local resilience work. This includes GCC's place-based work helping states and communities develop climate-informed policies and planning processes, and federal policy developments that affect states and communities. The Justice Fellow will also research and write resource summaries and case studies of states and communities implementing innovative best practices to be included in GCC's online toolkits, Adaptation Clearinghouse, and State and Local Adaptation Progress Tracker.

Candidate Qualifications: Applicants should be JD Class of 2022 (graduation date winter 2021/22 or spring 2022) students at an ABA-accredited law school and should have strong research, writing, and editing skills and a demonstrated interest in climate change, energy, or environmental law, or a related field. We prefer, but do not require, applicants who have prior experience working with state or federal governments or nonprofits, particularly working on climate change, energy, and/or environmental law or policy.

How to apply:

Applications are due by March 4, 2022.

Georgetown students: Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample through Symplicity.

Students from other universities: Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Annie Bennett (bennett@georgetown.edu)

Please note: This position is partially funded through the Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS), and the selected candidate will be required to work with the GCC to complete a Georgetown Justice Fellowship application by April 1 to obtain funding. Georgetown Justice Fellowship recipients will be announced no later than May 2022.