Patricia McKenna, of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, will be at the NW Job Fair in Portland on February 4, 2017. She will be both participating in a brownbag and interviewing for both summer interns for the Environmental Enforcement and Environmental Crimes Sections, as well as interviewing for school year interns for all sections.

Generally, ENRD litigates in five key areas: pollution, lands and natural resources, wildlife, Indian resources, and land acquisition. Attorneys represent many federal agencies by preparing and arguing civil and criminal enforcement cases, appeals, and by defending challenged federal agency actions arising from well over 100 federal environmental laws. The Division handles cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the listing of endangered species and civil and criminal enforcement of federal pollution control laws.  Cases are at the cutting edge of environmental and natural resources practice. The Division’s work protects our environment for future generations.  Assignments for our interns vary among the sections – but generally, interns assist the Division’s trial lawyers in preparing cases for filing and supporting the litigation effort post-filing, and assist the Division’s appellate lawyers in researching issues on appeal. Responsibilities typically include conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, discovery, and memoranda of law dealing with a variety of federal environmental and natural resource issues.

We are looking for Summer interns for our Environmental Enforcement Section (EES) and our Environmental Crimes Section (ECS)(focusing on animal welfare issues).   Summer interns are expected to work a minimum of 8 weeks (Full summer is strongly preferred).  We are looking for full time interns for the school year as well for all of our litigating Sections (EES, ECS, Environmental Defense Section, Law & Policy Section, Appellate, Indian Resources Section, Land Acquisition Section, Natural Resources Section and Wildlife & Marine Resources Section).  For school year interns we expect the intern to complete a semester or quarter – according to the individual law school requirements.

Salary: Volunteer (without compensation) or work-study credit only.

Qualifications:

First-year (second-semester), second-year and third-year law students are eligible to apply. Joint degree and LL M students are also eligible to apply, provided they meet the eligibility requirements set forth below. The Department follows the National Association of Law Placement guidelines that prohibit employer contact with first-year (first-semester) students regarding summer employment prior to that date. Law students may work in volunteer positions only while attending law school. Law school graduation terminates eligibility, except for graduate law students enrolled at least half time and who are not practicing law. ENRD prefers students with strong academic qualifications, research and writing skills, and those who have an interest in litigation, environmental/natural resources law, and/or public interest law. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and successfully complete a security clearance prior to appointment. Applicants must have been residents of the United States for 3 of the previous 5 years prior to applying, with exceptions made for active duty military and Foreign Service employees.