Litigation Fellowship

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a full-time legal fellow for their Litigation Department to be based at their Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis, MD. The fellowship is a one-year position starting in Fall 2018.

About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF's headquarters office is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first LEED platinum building.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit

The Litigation Department uses the law as a tool to protect and preserve the Chesapeake Bay. Using federal, state and local laws, CBF attorneys file amicus briefs, regulatory challenges and, if necessary, lawsuits to stop polluters and to ensure governmental compliance with those laws.

Context of the Position

The litigation fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent law school graduate, within three years of law school, to work with experienced environmental practitioners within a leading environmental non-profit organization. 

The fellow will take a lead role in managing a project designed to help lay the groundwork for litigation and possibly other advocacy work within CBF. The fellow will work closely with the Vice President for Litigation, litigation counsel, litigation staff, and other CBF staff, including scientists, land planners, lobbyists and educators.  

Essential Functions

The fellow’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing federal and state environmental laws, regulations, and administrative processes that apply to the project
  • Reviewing agency records, files and documents
  • Summarizing findings in the form of a formal report that includes proper documentation and accurate citations
  • Communicating with other groups outside of CBF as needed
  • Managing a budget specific to the project
  • Working with CBF staff to promote the project
  • Participating in the day-to-day life of CBF, including staff meetings, strategy sessions and at least one CBF field experience.
  • Assist the litigation department in developing and researching new cases. 


Professional Experience and Qualifications

CBF seeks independent, creative thinkers who will help us to act wisely and in the public interest as we strive to “Save the Bay.”  The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • JD from an accredited law school
  • Admission to practice law in at least one State (can be obtained during fellowship)
  • Experience with environmental law
  • Strong legal research and writing, interpersonal, and communications skills
  • Willingness to travel regionally

How to Apply

To apply, please send resume and cover letter explaining your interest in CBF by May 1, 2018 to:

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Attn: Human Resources/FY18-033-LF


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.                             

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