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Pacific Northwest
Hawai'i CFS

Summer 2021 Law Clerk Announcement

San Francisco, CA, or Portland, OR / Flexible
November 10, 2020

Overview: Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a nonprofit public interest and environmental advocacy organization that works to empower people, support farmers, and protect the environment from harmful industrial agriculture. CFS also works to promote and protect truly sustainable forms of food production, like organic and ecological farming. CFS represents over 950,000 farmer and consumer members nationwide. CFS works to achieve its goals through litigation, legislation, scientific reports, public education, grassroots campaigns, market pressure, and media outreach. CFS's legal team manages an active docket of impact litigation and high-profile cases on issues related to genetic engineering, factory farms, aquaculture, food safety, food labeling, pollinators and pesticides, soil and climate, and organic integrity.

Position Description: CFS is seeking motivated law clerks interested in doing meaningful litigation and policy work on behalf of the public and the environment. Clerks' responsibilities vary each year but typically include performing legal research, drafting pleadings, attending hearings, drafting comments and petitions to administrative agencies, and supporting attorneys in litigation. Clerks are also expected to do minor administrative tasks as needed. Law clerks work closely with attorneys and staff, and are able to gain practical litigation and policy experience in a small nonprofit setting. This is an unpaid position for school credit/ fieldwork placement only.

Qualifications: Clerks must have completed at least one year of law school and be available to work part-time throughout the semester (the precise number of hours is subject to course credit requirements and agreement between CFS and individual clerks). Demonstrated commitment to practicing public interest law related to food, agriculture, or the environment is a plus. Relevant coursework in administrative and environmental law are strongly preferred but not required. Although CFS has offices in San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon, in accordance with local guidelines and orders in response to COVID-19, those offices are currently closed and our entire staff is working remotely. While those orders remain in effect, clerks are expected to be capable of conducting remote work, and available online and participate in virtual meetings. Clerks may be required to commute to either the SF or Portland office once office reopening is allowed.

To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to In your cover letter, please indicate which office (CA or OR or both) you prefer, and as part of CFS's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please indicate how you would contribute to a culture of inclusion while at CFS. Please indicate "Summer 2021 Clerkship" in the subject line of your email. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.

CFS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, nationality, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.