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1 Name of Organization Organization s Mailing Address Note: if you have multiple offices for which you are requesting Fellows, please include all addresses. Organization s Website Fellowship Contact Person (Name, Title, Phone Number and ) Natural Resources Defense Council 40 West 20th St., New York, NY th St. NW, Ste. 300, Washington, DC Sutter St. Fl. 20, San Francisco, CA Second St. Los Angeles, CA N. Wacker Dr. Ste. 1600, Chicago IL Prosper Center, Tower 1, Room 1901, 5 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang Dist., Beijing, China Selena Kyle, Senior Attorney, (312) , Note: this is the individual third year law students should contact regarding fellowship sponsorship with your organization. Number of attorneys employed by your organization Please note the number of attorneys for each office in which you are requesting Fellows. Have you previously hosted postgraduate fellows (such as EJW or Skadden Fellows) in your office? Approximate counts: NY: 24 DC: 25 LA: 12 SF: 16 Chicago: 8 Beijing: 2 Yes, in all listed offices. Page 1 of 4

2 1. Please provide a brief overview of your organization s mission and work. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit national environmental advocacy organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. We have offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montana, and Beijing. Our staff of more than 400 includes lawyers, scientists, policy analysts and educators working to protect the environment and public health. NRDC has played a central role in crafting, implementing, enforcing, and defending the nation s environmental laws for over 40 years. NRDC s mission is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the longterm welfare of present and future generations. We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment. And we seek to break down the pattern of disproportionate environmental burdens borne by people of color and others who face social or economic inequities. NRDC has six main institutional priorities: (1) curbing global warming and creating a clean energy future, (2) reviving the world s oceans, (3) defending endangered wildlife and wild places, (4) protecting human health by preventing pollution, (5) ensuring safe and sufficient water, and (6) fostering sustainable communities. 2. Please describe, to the best of your ability, the anticipated assignments and responsibilities of a post-graduate Fellow in your office. Specific responsibilities will depend on the office and staff team with which the Fellow is placed. All placements are likely to involve legal research and writing to support advocacy by NRDC lawyers and other staff on to protect the environment and public health. Placements with NRDC s Litigation Team (which has branches in our New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Chicago offices) and with other U.S.-based NRDC lawyers who focus on litigation are likely to include drafting legal filings, such as complaints and portions of briefs, presenting and helping more senior attorneys to prepare for oral arguments, and researching potential new legal cases. Litigation Team placements may also include work on litigation discovery. Placements with U.S.-based NRDC lawyers who focus on non-litigation work may include preparing legal analyses to support legislative or administrative advocacy and drafting comment letters or white papers for submission to state or federal agencies. Placements with NRDC s Beijing office will likely involve research on Chinese environmental policy, law, and regulation; counseling of Chinese stakeholders on international approaches that may be possible to implement in China, and implementation of projects to ensure enforcement of and compliance with environmental laws. 3. What, if any, specific skills (i.e., language proficiency or computer familiarity) do you require of the Fellow? We look for strong legal research and writing skills and knowledge of the judicial system and Page 2 of 4

3 environmental law. For placements with the Beijing office, Chinese fluency is preferred. 4. Please provide any additional information about your organization that may be helpful to interested post-graduate applicants. NRDC s legal fellows work under the direct supervision of senior attorneys, but also often work closely with NRDC scientists and policy experts, to advance environmental and public health objectives. Our website (3 1TUwww.nrdc.orgU3 1T) includes more information about NRDC s legal and related advocacy work and NRDC attorney profiles. Page 3 of 4

4 6. Please select the three issue areas that best describe your organization s mission and primary work. Agriculture / Food AIDS / HIV Animal Issues Arts / Entertainment Bankruptcy / Debt Business / Economic Issues Children / Youth Civil Rights / Liberties Communications Consumer Criminal Cyberlaw Death Penalty Disability Domestic Violence Economic Development Education Elderly Employment / Employment Discrimination Environment / Energy / Utilities Family First Amendment GLBTQ Government Accountability / Legal Reform / Whistleblowers Gun Control Issues Health / Medical Homelessness / Housing Human Rights Immigration / Refugee Intellectual Property / Technology Labor Municipal Law Native American / Tribal Law Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice / Product Liability Poverty Prisoners Issues Property / Real Estate Racial / Ethnic Justice / Cultural Rights Religious Issues Reproductive Issues Security / Defense /Arms Control Sports Tax Trade Transnational Justice / Democratic Process Trusts and Estates Voting / Campaign Finance Women s Issues Workers Rights Page 4 of 4

5 7. Please select the work types that best describe your organization s activities. Administrative Advocacy Administrative / Management Advice-Only Phone Line Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Civil Litigation Class Action Client-Based Community Education Community Organizing Community Outreach Enforcement Factual Investigation Individual Cases Innovative Advocacy Intake and Referral Law Reform Legal Writing Legislative Lobbying Media Advocacy Non-Legal Policy Pro Se Clinics Publications Regulatory Reform Research Training Transactional Watchdog Please return this form to no later than December 3, Douglas E. Wood, Program Officer, Advancing Higher Education Access and Success The Ford Foundation 320 East 43rd Street New York, N.Y T: F: Page 5 of 4

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