The Office of Regional Counsel seeks applications for two Fall 2020 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowships. These are temporary two-year positions in the Chicago, Illinois office. Honors Attorney Fellows are expected to commit to the full two-year term that will begin in the fall of 2020. The deadline to apply is December 2, 2019.
The EPA Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in an environmental law career and the public sector. It provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. Region 5 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a varied caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from dedicated colleagues with recognized expertise. The Region offers a diverse and supportive work environment.
The Office of Regional Counsel, Region 5
Region 5 encompasses the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Office of Regional Counsel (ORC) represents Region 5 in federal administrative, judicial and criminal environmental matters against regulated entities as well as in defensive cases within the jurisdiction of Region 5. The primary statutes enforced by the EPA are the Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; Safe Drinking Water Act; Toxic Substances Control Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund); and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Because ORC is organized as a multi-media office, an attorney’s caseload may span the range of statutes EPA enforces and implements and is not limited to one statute, state, or industry. In addition, ORC provides legal advice to the Regional Administrator and other senior managers of Region 5 on all matters relating to their official responsibilities.
Qualified applicants must be J.D. graduates of an ABA accredited law school and be members of a state bar, or 2019 J.D. graduates with bar membership pending. The ideal candidate will be a recently graduated attorney with excellent written and oral communication skills, a strong interest in public service and the mission of EPA. We are also interested in recent graduates who are currently serving in judicial clerkships, the term of which will expire in the summer or fall of 2020. Region 5 has a strong preference that the applicant be able to start in the fall of 2020. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position. If you qualify for veterans’ preference and want the Agency to consider that preference as a positive factor in reviewing your application, you must include in your application appropriate documentation such as DD214 (copy4), your VA letter, or Standard Form-15 (disabled veteran).
Pay and Benefits
During the first year, salary will be at the GS-11 level (currently starting at $68,897.30 per year). During the second year, salary will be at the GS-12 level (currently starting at $82,579.44). Judicial clerks may be hired at the GS-12 grade. There is no promotion potential beyond GS-12 for the position. Relocation expenses are not authorized. Federal employment benefits are among the most comprehensive programs available anywhere. Additional information on benefits is available on EPA’s website, at https://www.epa.gov/careers/salaries-and- benefits.
The office seeks applications for the Fall 2020 Fellowships through December 2, 2019. Please note that EPA will not accept applications received after December 2, 2019. All required supporting documents must be submitted electronically via email to R5HonorsAttorney@epa.gov with the subject heading “Fall 2020 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship.”
Please submit the following information, preferably in pdf format:
A resume, including significant accomplishments, work experience, class rank or G.P.A., contact telephone numbers, and e-mail address.
An unofficial transcript of law school grades (we will request an official version if you are selected).
A cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the position.
The name, address and telephone numbers of 3 references.
A short writing sample not to exceed ten pages.
Proof of active bar membership and license to practice law in any State, U.S. Territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia (or a statement that you are a 2019 J.D. graduate with bar membership pending).
Veterans’ Preference supporting documents, if applicable.
Selected applicants will be invited for interviews in Chicago (at the candidate's expense), or video conference interviews may be conducted when appropriate. Offers for the Fall 2020 Fellowship will be made shortly thereafter. We expect to fill two Fellowship positions.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 5
Office of Regional Counsel - 77 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Office of Regional Counsel, Region 5
Region 5 encompasses the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Office of Regional Counsel (ORC) represents Region 5 in federal administrative, judicial and criminal environmental matters against regulated entities as well as in defensive cases within the jurisdiction of Region 5.