Position Description: ALDF Animal Law Institute Litigation Fellowship:
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is extremely pleased to announce a fellowship position with the ALDF Animal Law Institute, a first-of-its-kind program that, by training classes of promising litigators in strategic impact litigation, will further ALDF’s mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of all animals.
For more than three decades, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 110,000 members. Every day, ALDF works to protect animals by:
- Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law;
- Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases;
- Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes;
- Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws;
- Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and our Animal Law Program;
- Providing public education through seminars, workshops, and other outreach efforts.
In addition to the national headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Animal Legal Defense Fund maintains an office in Portland, Oregon.
About the Animal Law Institute Litigation Fellowship:
The Fellow will learn to develop state and federal strategic impact litigation that betters the lives and legal status of animals. The Fellow will operate as part of a team, but will ultimately be responsible for the innovation and success of his or her projects while developing litigation skills. The model applicants must have earned a J.D. within the past three years, excelled in school, earned strong work references, and have a sincere and proven interest in animal protection. The primary focus of the fellowships is on civil animal law issues, but all Fellows will be exposed to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.
The Fellowship begins in the Fall of 2015, lasts roughly two years and is based at ALDF’s headquarters in Cotati, California. The position offers a salary of $39,500 annually, full medical and dental benefits, and a casual office environment, including companion animals.
The application deadline for this position is January 15, 2015. The position will remain open until filled. Recent graduates interested in applying should email an application form, cover letter, résumé (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) via email. Please include all materials into a single PDF file. Only complete applications will be considered. In the alternative, materials can be sent to:
Animal Legal Defense Fund 2013-2014 Fellowship Position 170 E. Cotati Ave. Cotati, CA 94931 Attention – Wendy Cromwell.
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