POSITION TITLE:Legal Fellow REPORTS TO:Kevin Reuther, Chief Legal Officer JOB STATUS:Full-Time, One-Year Paid Position (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020)
PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: MCEA is Minnesota’s leading public-interest environmental and energy law firm. We advocate in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, at the legislature, and in the realm of public opinion to protect and defend Minnesota’s environment and the health of its people. MCEA is committed to building a diverse and equitable workforce and encourages applicants from underrepresented or marginalized communities. The Legal Fellow is a one-year paid position designed to assist new graduates and/or attorneys in the early stages of their careers to develop skills and experience as environmental advocates. The Legal Fellow works closely with MCEA’s staff attorneys on advocacy projects, including litigation, administrative and legislative advocacy, communications, and public outreach. Depending on experience and expertise, the Legal Fellow may have opportunities to exercise independent responsibility for some projects, with close supervision from other MCEA staff. Candidates who come from underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE CRITERIA:
Works closely with MCEA attorneys on litigation, including investigation of potential cases, legal research, assisting with discovery and case management, assisting with memo and brief writing, and other duties as assigned by supervising staff.
Participates in all aspects of MCEA’s work with administrative agencies, including drafting comments on agency permits and environmental review, engaging in rulemakings, and participating in contested case proceedings and other administrative decision-making forums.
Assists with legislative advocacy, including conducting legal research, summarizing and analyzing policy proposals and bill language, writing factsheets and other communications.
Interacts with MCEA clients, coalition partners, experts, board and committee members, and donors, and is an effective ambassador of MCEA in the community.
Demonstrates awareness of and sensitivity to individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
Exhibits exceptional professional conduct, meeting internal and external deadlines, using good time management and organizational skills, and meeting all professional obligations and office requirements.
Exercises sound judgment with good communication skills and the ability to balance independent action with taking direction from supervising staff.
J.D. degree and/or license to practice law.
Commitment to or sincere interest in environmental advocacy and public interest law.
Interest in contributing to a work environment that celebrates differences and strives to achieve inclusion, equity and respect for all staff.
Excellent writing and research skills, with the ability to provide clear, logical and focused legal analysis and attention to detail.
Strong work ethic and initiative.
Ability to communicate effectively and openly with co-workers to create a healthy work environment.
MCEA strives to create a mission-focused work environment that is equitable and inclusive. We offer a competitive non-profit salary, including excellent benefits. MCEA highly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.
TO APPLY: Please send cover letter explaining qualifications and interest, résumé, law school transcript, writing sample and references to HR@mncenter.org. Candidates are encouraged to apply by June 29, 2019. Position will remain open until filled.
Established in 1974, MCEA uses law, science, and research to protect Minnesota’s environment, its natural resources, and the health of its people.
MCEA envisions clean water, clean air, healthy ecosystems, a sustainable economy, and improved public health for all Minnesotans. We are committed to growing our capacity and impact to achieve measurable progress toward this vision.
POSITION TITLE: Legal Administrative Assistant REPORTS TO: Chief Legal Officer JOB STATUS: Part-Time (20hr/wk), Hourly Non-Exempt SALARY RANGE: $16.00-$21.00/hour DOQ
PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: To provide administrative assistance to MCEA attorneys, law clerks, interns, and volunteers as well as back-up administrative support, as needed, to MCEA’s other staff.
MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
1. Legal A. Provide legal administrative assistance to MCEA attorneys: prepare/format briefs, comments, discovery, exhibits, testimony, and appellate records; prepare for court hearings; open and close legal matters, possess knowledge and use of proper legal service and filing procedures, including electronic filing and service procedures in administrative forums, state and federal courts; maintain proper attorney registration; assist in tracking and recording continuing education credits; update legal calendar; and support weekly staff and advocacy meetings. B. Provide general clerical support: compose correspondence, copying, scanning, file organization; some delivery and retrieving tasks to courts or offices. C. Provide back-up admin support: schedule meetings, make travel arrangements, event registrations, and expense reimbursement forms for legal staff. D. Information and document management: maintenance and organization of active and archived legal/project files including both paper and electronic versions. Track discovery filings, maintain and share/circulate indexes as necessary. E. Law Clerks, Interns, and Volunteers: assist clerk or intern supervisor with job posting and hiring process, complete, submit, and retain necessary forms and timesheets, assist with office orientation and time tracking for quarterly reporting as necessary.
2. Administrative A. Provide back-up administrative support for non-legal MCEA staff as needed when time allows. B. Support weekly staff and advocacy meetings: prepare and disseminate minutes, maintain staff meeting files.
PERFORMANCE CRITERIA: 1. Positive contribution to team-oriented work environment. 2. Ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize, plan ahead and meet deadlines. 3. Commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and culture that values differences. 4. Attention to detail.
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Strong writing, editing and proofreading ability, and good grammar. Strong communication skills Strong organizational and filing skills. Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks. Administrative assistant or secretarial experience. Physical ability to make deliveries/filings.
Desired: Legal assistant or paralegal experience. Environmental or non-profit experience. Knowledge of electronic filing and service procedures in state and/or federal courts. Commitment to MCEA's mission of using law, science, and research to protect Minnesota's natural resources, wildlife, and the health of its people. Type 80 words per minute.
MCEA strives to create a mission-focused work environment that is fair and inclusive. We offer a competitive non-profit salary, including excellent benefits.
MCEA highly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.
TO APPLY: Please send cover letter explaining qualifications and interest, résumé, and references to HR@mncenter.org by June 14. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
Established in 1974, MCEA uses law, science, and research to protect Minnesota’s environment, its natural resources, and the health of its people. MCEA envisions clean water, clean air, healthy ecosystems, a sustainable economy, and improved public health for all Minnesotans. We are committed to growing our capacity and impact to achieve measurable progress toward this vision.
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