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Law Clerk (Part-time)

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Department: Legal
Reports To: Associate General Counsel
Direct Reports: This position does not manage other positions 

Pay will be at $16.10/hr.

Our current policy is a hybrid approach where our staff will come to our Washington DC office two days a week.

GENERAL OVERVIEW: 

The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit organization founded by former US Vice President Al Gore, is dedicated to leading a global movement demanding immediate action on the climate crisis by using cutting-edge communications and grassroots strategies to educate the public about the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis and to activate the public to support actions that address the climate crisis. 

Position Overview:  

The Legal Department provides legal counsel and guidance to the organization’s operations, programs, and communications.  It is involved with all legal aspects of the organization’s operations, including, but not limited to, the drafting and negotiation of contracts; development and implementation of procedures necessary or advisable to satisfy the organization’s risk management objectives; managing the organization’s intellectual property portfolio; advising on employment-related matters; regulatory compliance; and maintaining tax-exempt status. This position will support the Legal Department in its day-to-day duties.   

The Law Clerk will be a key member of our Legal Department, dedicated to the common goal of tackling the climate crisis. They champion this goal through the development of creative solutions to complex legal problems in support of innovative and strategic initiatives to achieve Climate Reality’s mission. 

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

Includes, but is not limited to the following, with attorney supervision: 

  • Research and draft memoranda relevant to the organization’s operations and programs; 
  • Prepare agreements such as contracts, grants, licenses, and memorandums of understanding;  
  • Assist the Legal Department with reviewing and updating the organization’s policies as needed;  
  • Review publications for compliance; 
  • Draft legal compliance and training materials; 
  • Prepare documents for filing with appropriate state and federal agencies;  
  • Collect evidence in support of legal matters including regulatory filings and litigation;  
  • Work with and maintain confidential information; and 
  • Perform a number of other similar or related duties which may not be specifically included within this position description, but which are consistent with the general level of the job and the responsibilities described, as they arise including working to save civilization from the climate crisis. 

Qualifications: 

  • Completion of at least 1L year of law school prior to start of clerkship; 
  • Excellent legal research and writing and communication skills;  
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities within deadlines; 
  • Self-starter with ability to perform without significant direct supervision; 
  • Directional flexibility, entrepreneurial mindset, intellectual curiosity, and perseverance; 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills; 
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills; and 
  • Familiarity with using MacOS and Microsoft Office products. 
  • Proficiency with a CRM platform (i.e., Salesforce) preferred. 
  • Experience working with tax-exempt organization issues preferred. 

 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references with name, relationship, and contact information to internships@climatereality.com. Please use this subject line: Law Clerk (Part time). Also, let us know in your email with your submission the job site where you found our posting. 

The Climate Reality Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or any other category prohibited by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, social, and recreational activities and termination.