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Wildfire Legal Fellow

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Wildfire Legal Fellow
School of Law, Stanford, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 1384
Employee Status: Fixed-Term
Grade: H99
Requisition ID: 94581

Wildfire Legal Fellows, (2 Positions)

The Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program (ENRLP) of Stanford Law School and the Climate and Energy Policy Program (CEPP) of Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment invite applications for two Wildfire Legal Fellows. The Wildfire Fellows will join the thriving community in the Stanford Law School, reporting to the ENRLP Director, and will work closely with the leaders of CEPP at the Woods Institute as it enters Stanford's new Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.

These one-year, full-time fellowships are crafted for early-career attorneys with a strong interest in wildfire policy design and implementation and the important interactions with decarbonization and climate resilience policy. They offer a hands-on opportunity to apply your legal skills and expertise to address urgent and intensifying wildfire policy challenges in California and the western US. This work will build on and deepen partnerships with policy stakeholders and Stanford's long track record of engagement on wildfire policy in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

One Fellow's primary focus will be supporting the development of a quantitative planning process for wildfire risk reduction in California, transforming the current suppression-oriented wildfire management approach towards a focus on protecting public health through quantified risk reduction and managing the electricity rate impacts of wildfire-related grid investments.

The other Fellow's primary focus will be supporting the development of generalized public health guidance on best practices for protecting students in school settings and other vulnerable populations from wildfire smoke, as well as the creation of substitutes for commercial liability coverage for prescribed burners and landowners interested in hosting prescribed burn projects.

Both Fellows will play a lead role in organizing and implementing a multidisciplinary Wildfire Policy Practicum in each quarter of Stanford's academic year (September-June) that creates opportunities for Stanford graduate students to conduct rigorous and timely analysis in support of the objectives outlined above. Both Fellows will also engage with external policy partners and practicum “clients” to ensure that products are maximally relevant to active policy processes, engaging directly in such processes when appropriate.

Fellowship applicants should have:
  • A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school (with membership in the California bar strongly preferred)
  • Strong academic credentials, excellent writing and editing abilities, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and a collaborative spirit
  • A commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the workplace and a track record of community engagement and service.
  • Strong organizational/management skills, attention to detail, self-motivation, and aptitude for working with students and diverse policy stakeholders
  • Sound judgment and exceptional ethical standards in serving as a trusted source for evidence-based analysis and policy engagement.

These positions are for a one-year fixed term. Stanford University is encouraging flexible work arrangements. This position has the option to work a hybrid work schedule of up to 3 days of telecommuting work per week. Salary is based on a formula that is competitive with similar positions, and Stanford provides a generous benefits package.

Applicants should submit a cover letter summarizing their interest in these positions and relevant experience (including which position is most of interest), a resume, a writing sample, a list of three professional references, and a transcript through, referencing job number 94581. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Applicants must be available to start no later than September 2022.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Stanford University seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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