Public Interest Network: In-House and Environmental Law Summer Internships!

Hello Public Interest-minded Denver Law students,

The Public Interest Network  is a national group of public interest organizations (many of them environmental) but we are fortunate to have some internships based here in Denver (Note: Public Interest Network Assistant General Counsel Brent Jordheim is now a panelist for the 4/11 renewable energy panel) If you are still seeking a summer opportunity in the public sector, I encourage you to apply.  Both opportunities are due on April 14.  Please see Symplicity postings 12789 and 12790, or details on how to apply in the postings below:

LEGAL DEPARTMENT INTERNSHIPS WITH THE PUBLIC INTEREST NETWORK

Overview:
The Public Interest Network is comprised of some of the top public interest organizations in the country, including Environment America, U.S. PIRG, state environmental groups in 29 states:

National Environmental Law Center, Environmental Action, Toxics Action Center, Pesticide Watch, Green Century Funds, Green Corps, Frontier Group, Community Voters Project, and Accelerate Change. Our mission is to build the power of citizens to move the world toward a greener, more fair, just, and democratic future.

Together, the groups of The Public Interest Network employ more than 500 staff, who wield a full arsenal of time-tested strategies for change, including organizing, advocacy, research and policy analysis, litigation, and socially responsible investing. Each group pursues its own strategy and agenda, with its own base of support. Yet all members of the network share a firm commitment to a model for success—one that emphasizes building stable, powerful organizations, embracing a culture of accountability, and organizing to win measurable results.

These results include hundreds of laws, policies, and other changes that have protected consumers, preserved the environment, and otherwise made corporations and government more responsive to the public interest.

Over the next year, our member groups will work to halt fracking, promote solar energy, stop the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals, help turn out thousands of young people to vote, and fight global warming.

In-House Legal Department Internships:

The Public Interest Network’s in-house legal department provides legal services to Environment America, U.S. PIRG, and dozens of state and national affiliated organizations. The primary practice areas include First Amendment issues, non-profit corporate and tax compliance, campaign finance/election law, lobbying, charitable solicitation regulation, employment law, benefits, and contracts.

Responsibilities:
Interns will conduct legal research, prepare in-house legal memoranda and draft and review contracts. Work in specific practice areas includes:

• Employment Practice: Assist legal staff with advising on employment matters and employment benefits systems, ensure compliance with employment laws, review employment materials, and assist with defending employment-related claims.

• Corporate Compliance: Assist legal staff with conducting and documenting corporate board meetings and maintaining the organizations’ good standing with state regulators.

• Tax-Exempt Organizations: Assist legal staff with advising on IRS guidelines relating to nonprofit organizations, including for lobbying and political activities.

• First Amendment: Assist legal staff with representing the organization’s right to conduct doort-to-door and street canvassing in cities and towns across the country.

• Election and Lobbying Law: Assist legal staff with ensuring compliance with federal and state election and lobbying laws.

• Contracts: Draft and review contracts, leases, grant agreements, and other legal documents.

Qualifications:
Legal interns should have excellent academic credentials, be goal-driven and results-oriented, and have a strong desire to protect the public interest through nonprofit and political work. Leadership capability, initiative, and exceptional verbal and written advocacy and communication skill are essential. Candidates should have completed at least one year of law school and prior experience volunteering or working with a nonprofit organization or political campaign is preferred.

Locations/Terms:
Legal interns will be considered for work in the following locations: Denver, CO, Boston, MA, or Washington, DC.

Legal internships are unpaid. We are happy to work with you to
accommodate any requirements that may allow you to receive funding from your school or other entity. Work-study eligible students are encouraged to apply.

Apply online @ http://publicinterestnetwork.org/page/pin/apply.
In the “Position Applying For” box please write “Legal Dept Intern.” Direct your cover letter to Leigh-Anne Cole, Hiring Director and indicate your geographic preference(s).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 14, 2016

Completing a legal internship is not a promise of post-law school employment by The Public Interest Network.

CDO ID# 12789

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LEGAL INTERNSHIPS WITH THE PUBLIC INTEREST NETWORK

Our interns have the opportunity to put their ideals into action. Our network is comprised of some of the top public interest organizations in the country, including Environment America,

U.S. PIRG, the National Environmental Law Center, and Fair Share. Our mission is to build the power of citizens to move the world toward a greener, more fair, and democratic future. Together, the groups employ more than 500 staff who use many time-tested strategies for change, including advocacy, policy analysis, litigation and organizing.

Responsibilities:

Interns’ responsibilities will vary depending on the office and campaigns with which they work, however the following is a sample of the type of work in which our legal interns are engaged:

 Drafting proposed legislation. Our interns help craft legislation related to the work we
are doing and keep an eye out for unfriendly amendments.

 Conducting legal, investigative and factual research. Laws, facts, figures and examples are the bedrock of any intelligent public policy debate. Our interns pull together the research on an issue in order to illustrate the problem and demonstrate the viability of the proposed solution.

 Preparing legal memos. Assignments range from substantive environmental law topics
to evidentiary and procedural issues in support of ongoing litigation and amicus briefs.

 Media outreach. The spotlight of media attention helps to inform the public, offer new
perspectives on old problems, and put decision-makers on notice that the public is
watching their actions. Our interns work to get our issues and opinions covered by the
media through news releases, press conferences, interviews, “op-eds,” websites, etc.

Qualifications:
The ideal intern will be goal-driven and results-oriented with a strong commitment to protecting the public interest. Leadership skills and excellent written and oral advocacy ability is essential. Candidates should have completed at least 1 year of law school.

Prior experience volunteering or working with a nonprofit organization or political campaign is preferred.

Locations: Boston, MA; Portland, OR; Washington, DC; Denver, CO; or, Chicago, IL. Please inquire about additional locations as we may be able to accommodate individual placement requests depending on the needs of our member organizations and campaigns.

Application Process:

Apply online @ http://publicinterestnetwork.org/page/pin/apply. In the “Position Applying For” box please write “Legal Intern.” Direct your cover letter to Kara Cook, Hiring Director and indicate your geographic preference(s). Internships are unpaid, but we will work with schools to facilitate class credit or other requirements. We offer summer, spring, and fall internships, with 8-week minimum commitment periods.  APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 14, 2016

CDO ID# 12790

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