Legal & Professional Volunteer Opportunities with WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society
For attorneys who are interested in providing pro bono legal services and join our network, please send us a letter of interest along with your resume (MSWord or PDF) to our Executive Director, Carney Anne Nasser, Esq. We will contact you to set up a time to discuss your participation in our programs and services and your areas of interest.
2018 Summer Legal Internship
We invite accomplished and highly-motivated law students with a demonstrated commitment to environmental law, animal law, or endangered species conservation to apply for our Summer Internship Program. Applications will be considered through April 9, 2018, for Summer 2018.
Our dedicated and talented team is currently preparing for participation in the upcoming international wildlife treaty meeting, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Therefore, the Summer 2018 internship will focus heavily on national and international policy work and regulatory work relating to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s interpretation and application of the federal Endangered Species Act. WCCLAS interns will be provided with the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to cutting edge issues in a rapidly developing field of law.
The Summer Program will provide law student interns with the opportunity to choose to spend either six or ten weeks working remotely and contributing substantive legal work and intensive training in a collaborative environment under the supervision of experienced attorneys and big cat experts. This internship is unpaid, but interns may work remotely from anywhere.
Typical work assignments include:
Drafting memoranda and conducting legal research in support of litigation and policy campaigns;
Liaising with other animal protection and conservation organizations and coordinating joint efforts;
Preparing and submitting comments to federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on issues impacting wild and exotic cats;
Preparing and submitting Freedom of Information Act requests and appeals to federal and state wildlife agencies;
Tracking relevant litigation and legislative updates and preparing content for WCCLAS’ website.
Additional learning opportunities may include:
Coordination of sanctuary placement for rescued cats; and
Site visit to reputable sanctuary for tigers and other big cats.
How To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV, unofficial law school transcript, and writing sample (not to exceed six pages) via email to WCCLAS’ Executive Director, Carney Anne Nasser, Esq. with “Summer 2018 Legal Internship” in the subject line. If you have taken administrative law, environmental law, or animal law, please note that in your cover letter. Preference will be given to rising 3Ls, but we will consider highly motivated and talented rising 2Ls.
Internships will begin on: May 28, 2018 and end on either July 6, or August 3, 2018 and will require a commitment of 40 hours per week.
Questions regarding the 2018 Summer Legal Internship may be sent via email to our Executive Director, Carney Anne Nasser, Esq.
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