Environmental Justice in the Energy Transition Legal Fellow – Oil Refinery Policy, Stanford Law School

Stanford University
Posted Nov 15
Full Time
Stanford, California

**Environmental Justice in the Energy Transition Legal Fellow – Oil Refinery Policy

** The Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program (ENRLP) of Stanford Law School and the Climate and Energy Policy Program (CEPP) of Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment invite applications for an Environmental Justice in the Energy Transition (EJET) Legal Fellow. The EJET Fellow will join the thriving community in the Stanford Law School, reporting to the ENRLP Director, and will work primarily with the leaders of CEPP at the Woods Institute within the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.

This full-time fellowship is crafted for early-career attorneys with a strong interest in the implications of climate and energy policy design and implementation for environmental justice, energy affordability, and climate resilience during the transition to a decarbonized energy system. It offers a hands-on opportunity to apply your legal skills and expertise to address active climate and energy policy challenges in California and beyond. This work will build on Stanford’s track record of policy engagement on these issues and deepen partnerships with policy stakeholders.

The Fellow will lead legal and policy analysis to support constructive solutions to (1) the changing need for refinery infrastructure in a context of transportation electrification, (2) the impacts of refineries operations and their unfunded closure and cleanup costs on neighboring communities, (3) the need for options for planned phasedown of legacy downstream oil infrastructure and redevelopment of sites currently occupied by the industry. The fellow will play a key role in a team with chemical engineers, energy system modelers and other attorneys in developing policy solutions.

The Fellow will also play a lead role in organizing and implementing a multidisciplinary EJET Policy Practicum in spring quarter of Stanford’s academic year (April to June 2024) that creates opportunities for Stanford undergraduate, graduate, and law students to conduct rigorous and timely analysis in support of the objectives outlined above. The Fellow will also engage with external policy partners and practicum “clients” to ensure that products are maximally relevant to active policy processes, engaging directly in such processes when appropriate.

**Fellowship Applicants Should Have


  • A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school (with membership in the California bar strongly preferred)
  • Strong academic credentials, excellent writing and editing abilities, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and a collaborative spirit
  • A commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the workplace and a track record of community engagement and service.
  • Strong organizational/management skills, attention to detail, self-motivation, and aptitude for working with students and diverse policy stakeholders
  • Sound judgment and exceptional ethical standards in serving as a trusted source for evidence-based analysis and policy engagement.

This position is for a one-year fixed term , with possible extension for a second year subject to funding availability. Salary is based on a formula that is competitive with similar positions, and Stanford provides a generous benefits package.

Applicants should submit a cover letter summarizing their interest in these positions and relevant experience, a resume, a writing sample, a list of three professional references, and a transcript through http://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/, referencing job number 101411. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Applicants must be available to start no later than January 3, 2024.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The expected base pay range for this position is $70,000-$80,000. Stanford University has provided a pay range representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for the position. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the qualifications of the selected candidate, budget availability, and internal equity.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

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