Equitable Building Decarbonization Legal Fellow

94580 Requisition #

Equitable Building Decarbonization Legal Fellow

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 Equitable Building Decarbonization Legal Fellow. The Fellow will join the thriving community in the Stanford Law School, reporting to the ENRLP Director, and will work closely with the leaders of CEPP at the Woods Institute as it enters the new Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.

This one-year, full-time fellowship is crafted for early-career attorneys with a strong interest in the implications of building decarbonization policy design and implementation for energy affordability, climate resilience, and the natural gas distribution system on which many buildings currently rely. 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 (1) clarification of utilities’ obligation to serve as building electrification efforts accelerate, (2) long-term integrated planning of electricity and natural gas infrastructure in California, and (3) constructive solutions to debates regarding rate design and incentives/subsidies for distributed energy and energy affordability in a decarbonizing energy system.

The Fellow will also play a lead role in organizing and implementing a multidisciplinary Buildings Policy Practicum in each quarter of Stanford’s academic year (September-June) that creates opportunities for Stanford graduate 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. Stanford University is encouraging flexible work arrangements.  This position has the option to work a hybrid work schedule of up to 3 days of telecommuting work per week. 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 94580. 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 September 2022.

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.

Stanford University seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

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