Thanks to a generous gift from Robert Steinwurtzel, Esq., '75, P'16, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation ("CBF"), offers one F&M student the opportunity to work as a paid legal fellow in its Harrisburg, PA office each summer. Mr. Steinwurtzel's gift honors his friend and mentor, Grier Stephenson, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Government, who serves on the College's selection committee along with Dorothy Merritts, Harry W. & Mary B. Huffnagle Professor of Geosciences and Chair of Earth and Environment, and Katie Schellenger, Director of Legal Professions Advising.
Three finalists are selected to interview with CBF, which selects the fellow. The legal fellow joins CBF's Environmental Protection and Restoration Program, which includes lawyers, scientists, planners, grassroots, and communications staff who work on a wide spectrum of Bay-related issues, including water and air quality, point and non-point source pollution, land use and conservation, growth management, transportation, wetlands protection, and fisheries management.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc. (CBF) the Mid-Atlantic's largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay, seeks a legal fellow for its Pennsylvania State Office located in Harrisburg, PA.
CBF has a staff of approximately 170 employees working in offices in Annapolis and Salisbury, Maryland; Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF's headquarters is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, a “cutting edge,” environmentally responsible building located in Annapolis, Maryland. Its Harrisburg office is located in the heart of downtown, overlooking the Susquehanna River with easy access to the Capitol.
CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members, volunteers, and other supporters. For more information on CBF’s mission and activities, please visit www.cbf.org.
The legal fellow will be part of CBF’s Environmental Protection and Restoration Program (EPR) which includes lawyers, scientists, planners, grassroots, and communications staff who work on wide spectrum of Bay-related issues, including water and air quality, point and non-point source pollution, land use and conservation, growth management, transportation, wetlands protection, and fisheries management. The fellow will support EPR’s advocacy to enforce existing laws and to develop more effective regulatory programs through participation in local, state, and federal regulatory initiatives, legislative work before the Pennsylvania General Assembly, public policy work, and many other CBF-specific initiatives to protect and enhance water quality in the Bay and its tidal tributaries.
The legal fellow will work in CBF's Pennsylvania State office in Harrisburg for up to twelve (12) weeks and may be expected to travel within the Chesapeake Bay watershed area and to attend at least one of CBF’s educational field trips (canoeing, work boat, skipjack, etc.) for a direct experience with the natural resources CBF strives to protect.
The legal fellow is expected to have the opportunity to participate in some or all of the following:
Candidates should have excellent writing skills, the ability to think critically, to work independently and collaboratively, and an interest in public interest and policy work.
The application period for the 2014 Steinwurtzel Legal Fellowship closed on November 18, 2013. Please check back in early Fall 2014 for details concerning 2015 applications.