New Hampshire General Counsel Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)


Open: Immediately Until Filled

Position: New Hampshire General Counsel for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)

Half-Time (20 hours/week, variable) Constitutional/Environmental Law

Salary:    Negotiable, depending on experience. Position may be eligible for loan repayment programs.

Description: Unique opportunity to work for the emerging Community Rights movement in the United States. Over the past twenty years, that movement has worked with several hundred municipal governments and communities to adopt local laws which directly stop harmful corporate projects – like fracking, corporate factory farms, and corporate water withdrawals – while advancing legally enforceable rights for ecosystems and nature. Position requires someone interested in working on the cutting-edge of environmental law in New Hampshire, working with lawyers across the United States doing community rights litigation, and helping communities to advance rights-based laws.

Duties:     Counsel will be responsible for providing day-to-day legal support for the community rights movement in New Hampshire, reviewing local laws proposed by communities, researching legal questions relevant to the New Hampshire work, including election law, defending local laws in state and federal court, and giving presentations on the legal basis in New Hampshire for the constitutional right of local, community self-government.

Supervisor: Michelle Sanborn, New Hampshire Organizer, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund; Dan Brannen, Esq., Managing Attorney, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (National).

Availability: Position requires a one-year contract. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Requirements: Must be admitted to the New Hampshire Bar.

PDF of New Hampshire General Counsel Position

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