Organization Description: PEER is a non-profit, national environmental watchdog organization whose mission is to protect public employees who protect the environment by assisting and advocating on behalf of public employees in government pollution control and resource management agencies. Because government scientists, lawyers, regulators, law enforcement officials, engineers, land and wildlife managers, etc. are on the front lines of environmental protection, yet often work in politically-driven agencies where there is little tolerance for dissent, PEER helps environmentally ethical public employees police their agencies, expose and challenge bad decision-making, and work for reform.
Position Description: Provide legal counseling to public employees, pursue environmental violations and orchestrate reform campaigns based upon employee disclosures.
• Respond to employee requests for assistance;
• Help develop legal and other strategies to remedy employee-identified problems;
• Conduct legal and policy research on designated reform campaigns;
• Assist the PEER Senior Counsel in executing our litigation program;
• Provide support to PEER field representatives in addressing legal issues;
• Manage PEER docket of Freedom of Information Act litigation;
• Serve as media spokesperson on related legal matters; and
• Facilitate legal intern and clinical programs.
Qualifications: Bar membership, excellent communications skills and relevant experience.
Starting Salary: $40,000
Start Date: March 2014
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample by February 21 to: Staff Counsel Search, PEER, 2000 P St. NW, Suite 240, Washington, D.C. 20036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Staff Counsel Position”. No calls, please.
Semester, Year-Long, Summer
Job Responsibilities: PEER legal interns/externs receive exposure to diverse areas of environmental law and gain experience and skills in whistleblower litigation, administrative legal challenges, environmental advocacy and media and communications work. Responsibilities include drafting legal complaints and briefs, Freedom of Information Act requests and appeals, administrative filings and petitions, legal memoranda, and press releases; editing employee-authored reports and exposes; participation in client intake and litigation strategy meetings; and legal and other research.
Qualifications: PEER is looking for talented, self-starting 1Ls, 2Ls or 3Ls with outstanding writing skills. Experience or a demonstrated interest in environmental issues preferred.
How to Apply: Send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample (no longer than 5 pages in length).
When to apply: Applications taken on a rolling basis.
Contact: Paula Dinerstein, Senior Counsel
2000 P Street, NW Suite 240
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 265-7337 (202) 265-4192 (fax)
Interested in volunteering? Please email info[at]peer.org for more information or call 202-265-7337.
Are you a lawyer and interested in assisting our legal department? Please call or email info[at]peer.org) for more information about our work.