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The Steinwurtzel Legal Fellowship

  • The 2015 Application Period is open now and will close on Friday, December 12, 2014.

    An information session will be held on Friday, November 14th at 11:30am in LSP138.

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.

Description

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.

CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

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.

CONTEXT OF THE POSITION

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:

  • Help to prepare policy positions and presentations, craft proposed legislation, and monitor legislative study committees
  • Work with staff to investigate and critique implementation of state laws and regulations
  • Engage in research into public policy initiatives and engage in comparative analysis and critical thinking
  • Work with other staff to experience “on-the-ground” environmental activities (e.g., delineation of foreign or invasive wetland plants, tour of industrial facilities)
  • Conduct legal research on a broad range of environmental issues
  • Help with management of legal projects (e.g., conservation easement negotiation and drafting; permit reviews)
     
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

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.  

APPLICATION PROCESS

Materials:

  • Cover letter (addressed to Lee Ann Murray, Esquire, Assistant Director/Staff Attorney, Chesapeake Bay Foundation)
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

Application DeadlineFriday, December 12, 2014. Applications should be submitted to Joyce Stephens in OSPGD (619 College Ave).

Interviews: Following review of applications by the F&M Faculty Committee, finalists will be interviewed on campus by CBF in January 2015.

Award: The 2015 Steinwurtzel Legal Fellowship will be awarded by the end of January 2015.

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  • Robert N. Steinwurtzel, Esq., '75, P'16

  • Profile: Dr. Grier Stephenson

  • Grier Stephenson, Jr., Charles A. Dana Professor of Government

Previous Steinwurtzel Legal Fellows:

2014: Julia Zielinski '16

2013: Patrick Stehn '14