By Lauren Forbes
Vermont Law School seeks a Faculty Director for its Environment and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) to commence in the summer or fall of 2012, or possibly earlier. Vermont Law School’s top-ranked environmental program includes a curriculum of over 60 environmental law courses, as well as two advanced degrees in environmental law – the Masters in Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) and the Environmental LLM degree. Between a third and a half of our JD students are enrolled as joint degree students in the MELP program.
The ENRLC forms a key component of the environmental education we offer our students. The program functions as a public interest environmental law firm and gives students the opportunity to hone their skills in real-world cases and projects. The ENRLC is organized into four main program areas – Water and Justice, Coal and Climate, Healthy Communities, and Biodiversity – and we retain the flexibility to take on cases and projects outside these areas as well. The ENRLC’s work includes a mix of litigation, administrative agency proceedings, client counseling, and other forms of environmental advocacy.
- Evaluating and selecting new cases and projects in consultation with other ENRLC faculty and staff.
- Consultation with an environmental faculty case selection advisory committee.
- Serving as lead attorney in several cases and projects and providing close supervision and feedback to student clinicians involved in those matters.
- Supervising staff attorneys and student clinicians involved in other cases and projects.
- Overseeing weekly Strategy Sessions (case rounds) and Seminars (workshops on various environmental advocacy topics).
- Developing the program budget for administrative approval.
- Monitoring income and expenditures.
- Raising funds for the program through grants and donations, with the assistance of the administration.
- Developing and maintaining relationships with other environmental clinics and clinical organizations.
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