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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Fellowship Announcement

From David Greene, Executive Director and Staff Counsel, the First Amendment Project, comes this announcement of an available fellowship

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY FELLOWSHIP

First Amendment Project, the only nonprofit organization in the country dedicated to providing free legal services exclusively on free speech and free press issues, is accepting applications for its Environmental Advocacy Fellowship. The Fellow represents environmental advocacy organizations and individual advocates in litigation presenting freedom of speech and freedom of information issues. Typical matters involve defending defamation and other publications liability lawsuits, and obtaining access to governmental records and meetings. The fellow will also assist in the preparation of educational materials and counsel the target constituency on matters of pre-publication review, public demonstration planning and other matters raising First Amendment issues. First Amendment Project does not engage in any lobbying activity or issue advocacy. As such the fellowship is primarily a litigation position. The fellowship is a one-year position, potentially renewable for a second year should funding be secured. Part-time applicants will be considered. For more information on the specific work the fellow has done since the inception of the fellowship, and on First Amendment Project in general, please see our website, http://www.thefirstamendent.org.

        Applicants for the fellowship should have a law degree, 0-2 years experience litigation experience, and above and beyond all, a passion for promoting and protecting the fundamental civil liberties of the First Amendment. An interest in and passion for environmental protection is also recommended. No coursework or previous experience in First Amendment law is required; but excellent persuasive writing skills are. Applicants should be admitted to California Bar, or be awaiting California Bar results. The desired starting date for the position is October 1, 2007, with some flexibility. The position is based in Oakland, CA. Although some remote work is possible, the fellow will work substantially in First Amendment Project’s physical office.

        Salary is mid-$30,000s based on full-time employment. Unfortunately, we are not flexible in this respect. We appreciate your interest, but please do not apply if this salary range is insufficient.

        Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to David Greene, Executive Director, First Amendment Project, 1736 Franklin Street, 9th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612; or fax to 510-208-4562; or email to fap@thefirstamendment.org. Please make sure your cover letter explains in detail your specific interest in First Amendment Project and the fellowship.
       

First Amendment Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition.  FAP provides advice, educational materials, and legal representation to its core constituency of activists, journalists, and artists in service of these fundamental liberties

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