Friends of Animals: Animal Law Fellow 2016-17: application due March 10th for 3Ls, 4LEs, and recent grads

Hello Denver Law 3Ls and recent graduates,

Please see the entry-level job opportunity available to all Denver Law students who have recently graduated or who will graduate this May.  Note that former Denver Law Environmental Law Clinic Director Michael Harris is now the Legal Director of FOE’s Wildlife Law Program and a good friend to Denver Law.  The selected fellow will work under Mr. Harris during this term fellowship.  Please contact John McKee if you would like any assistance with this application; the CDO is happy to assist you!

Title: Animal Law Fellow 2016-17
Employer: Friends of Animals (Denver, CO)

Friends of Animals is a non-profit, international animal advocacy organization, incorporated in the state of New York since 1957. Friends of Animals works to cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic. Our goal is to free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world. Friends of Animal’s President is Priscilla Feral, who works out of FoA’s International Headquarters in Darien, Connecticut.

Friends of Animals is pleased to announce the opening of the hiring process for the 2016-2017 Animal Law Fellow position in its Wildlife Law Program (WLP), located near Denver, Colorado.

Established in 2013, the WLP fills a niche between animal and environmental activism. Animal activists often fail to fully utilize the array of local, state, federal and international environmental laws as a means to protect the rights of animals to live free from human interference. Environmental activists often utilize these laws, but do so to achieve broad environmental objectives that may not always protect the rights of free-living animals. The mission of the WLP is to utilize the law for a singular purpose: to ensure the right of all wildlife to live in an ecosystem free from human manipulation, exploitation, or abuse.

The WLP focuses on the defense of wildlife and their habitats throughout the world. The program utilizes a variety of environmental laws to promote the rights of wildlife, including the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Migratory Treaty Bird Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and international treaties like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The Animal Law Fellow will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by working closely with WLP attorneys to litigate matters in federal and state court, as well as engage in non-litigation advocacy projects. Typically, the Animal Law Fellow also works on projects that are closely aligned with their expertise and interests. The Fellow reports to the Legal Director of the Wildlife Law Program.


  • Under the supervision of senior WLP attorneys, prepare pleadings, motions and briefs for all assigned cases and projects.
  • Make court appearances, where appropriate.
  • Develop legal theories and strategies.
  • Oversee drafting, editing and submission of amicus curiae briefs on behalf of Friends of Animals.
  • Assist with the review of proposed government actions that impact wildlife, and prepare administrative comments when necessary.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Friends of Animals’ direct advocacy staff.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations for professional conferences, fundraising events, etc. when needed.


  • Must have a Juris Doctor degree at start date.
  • Understand and be committed to the mission of Friends of Animals.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with co-workers, supporters, etc.

How To Apply:

Send cover letter, current resume and writing sample to: Michael Harris, Director Wildlife Law Program, 7500 E. Arapahoe Road, Suite 385, Centennial, CO 80112 or email to Please direct questions to or call (720) 949-7791.

All application materials must be received by March 10, 2016.

Friends of animals

By John McKee
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